ARC Review ~ Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #1
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Dystopia
Format Reviewed: ARC from ATWT
Release Date: January 31, 2012

Rating:

Synopsis:

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Review:

Our main character, Ana, was never meant to be born to the Range.  On the Range the people have been reincarnated over and over again for thousands of years.  Then Ana comes along and is born in place of one of the million souls who have been reincarnated since the very beginning.  There are those who view Ana’s birth as a sign of a new age.  Then there are those like Ana’s very own mother who view her birth as a sign of the end.  It’s very unfortunate that Ana is born into such an unforgiving world.  In Incarnate Ana will face many things like dragons, assassins, and dangerous shadow creatures just to name a few.  But Ana has her friend Sam there to help her and with his help she might even make it and learn why she even exists.

If you are a reader who enjoys reading dystopian novels you should enjoy Incarnate.  The authors writing style is very understandable without being “in your face” obvious.  The world that the author has created is of a place that is trying to move forward and keep itself protected in an unbelievably cruel environment.

Ms. Meadows has most definitely earned this 5/5 review.  This author’s idea alone is really unlike anything that I have heard of much less read about recently in YA literature.  Each and every character has their own very unique personality.  Without giving anything away, our main character is very dynamic.  definitely MVP of Incarnate.  I can hardly wait to see how this series progresses and can hardly wait to get my hands on book #2.

Review ~ Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Dark Side of the Moon
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter #11
Reviewed Format: Bound book from personal collection
 
Rating:4/5 

Synopsis: Susan Michaels was the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until she walked into a setup that ruined her reputation. Now she’s working for a small Seattle paper, penning stories about killer moths and alien babies, convinced that her life couldn’t get any worse…

That was before an idea for a breaking news piece brought her to a local animal shelter where she ends up listening to her source rant about vampires and gets coerced into adopting a cat despite her allergies. But when her new pet suddenly reveals himself to be a gorgeous—and lethal—shapeshifter, Susan realizes that there’s far more at stake than a career-saving by-line.
Born into a world of predators, Were-Hunter Ravyn Kontis was betrayed by those he loved best. Soulless, pitiless, he has spent three hundred years battling the Daimons who seek to subjugate humankind. Against all odds, Susan evokes in Ravyn feelings of tenderness. Desire. Love. And with the ultimate battle about to begin, this one very human woman holds the power to shatter both their worlds… 

Review:

 
This is the first book that I’ve ever read by this author. I liked it but I didn’t really LOVE it. Ravyn and Susan are both characters that are dealing with some extra “baggage” shall we say. Susan is this reporter who always get’s her story (which has cost her dearly) but at the same time has a pretty quirky sense of humor (which you see a lot in the book) and Ravyn he’s pretty much a no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t particularly care to be around humans at all because they have cost him dearly. Well now that the Daimons (with the help of some humans) are trying to kill both Susan AND Ravyn they are kind of stuck with one another. The more time they spend together the more that we the readers learn about these two character’s pasts…Not a pretty picture. There is even a little twist thrown in for good measure too. If you like a little Death, Destruction and Mayhem with some smutt thrown in this is a good book to check out.

Review ~ Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title:  Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Format: Finished Hardcover copy from personal library
Release Date:  November 29, 2011
 
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Review:

I really LOVED this book.  What I really LOVED about this book was how it was told from dual points of view, ala Simone Elkeles books.  I really connected with the main characters June and Day.  Our hero Day is considered a fugitive by the Republic and he is homeless and lives on the streets with an orphan that he has befriended and takes care of named Tess. 

Our heroine June on the other hand is sort of a child prodigy and is in the process of finding her place in the Republic.  Then her brother is tragically murdered and June goes looking for answers.  All the information that she has leads her right to Day.  And what follows is a roller coaster ride of heartache, action, betrayal, romance and so many twists and turns you won’t know up from down….I mean that in a good way of course.

There were a few things that were pretty predictable about the book but I did not feel that it detracted from the story itself at all.  I felt like the slight predictability of those few things actually heightened the anticipation and flow of the story for me personally.

Like with pretty much all (there are a few exceptions to the rule I’m sure) there is a lot of tragedy in Legend.  But you keep rooting for June, Day and a VERY select few secondary characters.

Overall, I was BEYOND extremely happy with the book.  I most definitely will be counting down the days until the sequel is released.  Is it time yet!?