DNF Book Review: Incarnate

incarnatehc-cIncarnate by Jodi Meadows

Series: New Soul #1

Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 31, 2012

Genres: Dystopia / Utopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction,Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Pages: 374


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New soul

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.

No soul

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 afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?


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.



Critical Rating: 

Entertainment Rating: 

Overall Rating: 

Plot: Slow Paced | Interesting Premise, Bad Execution | Downright BORING | Kill Me Now Slow | Nothing Happens (At least until the 40% mark)

Characters: Frustrating & Infuriating | Immature & Whiny | Flat As A Cardboard | Typical Romance (No “instalove” but somehow WORSE :O) | Cliched To The Bone

World Building: Only The Bare Fundamentals | Random Elements of Magical Creatures | Not At All Intruiging

Writing: 1st Person POV | Nothing Special | Drags On | Nothing That Makes Me Want To Keep Reading


*Disclaimer: With this rather critical review, I do not mean to personally attack the author, editor, publisher or the book in question * 

DNF at 40%


So we all know about the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”… Well, it’s about time I follow it 😐 Despite Incarnate’s GORGEOUS cover, this book was literally (no joke) torturous to read. I rarely DNF books for a multitude of reasons, but I just couldn’t keep forcing myself to continue Incarnate after the 40% mark.

The first thing that caught my interest for this book (other than the cover of course) was the intruiging premise. With the piles on top of piles of YA Dystopians lately, I was keen on starting a series with a unique outlook on our supposed futuristic world. In comes Incarnate, a rare mix of Dystopia with Utopia all about reincarnation. Needless to say, I was hooked immediately and with the continuous stream of 4-5 star ratings from my Goodreads friends, I was on my merry way to downloading the audiobook.

What went wrong you ask? Basically EVERYTHING. From the get go we are introduced to Ana, one of the most infuriating characters I had the displeasure of reading from. She was all the bad qualities a person could have rolled into one; immature, dumb, mean, whiny, annoying, impulsive and unlikeable. But the worst thing for me was the fact that Ana wasn’t relatable by ANY means. She was suppose to be 18 years old but she acted as if she had just turned 5. I get that she was struggling with being the only “no soul”, a person who hasn’t been around for 5000 years, but for the love of God, PLEASE JUST MOVE ON!!! Yes, I felt feel bad for Ana. Yes, it must be hard. But at the same time, just because she whines about it for half the book doesn’t mean it’s going to magically change. Unfortunately, everybody has their own problems and while Ana’s might be more evident, I felt as if she was constantly victimizing herself for all the wrong reasons. (I apologize for the rant but I was just SO DARN FRUSTRATED :X) 

Ana was by far the biggest problem for me in Incarnate, but Sam wasn’t all that great either. He was obviously the love interest for Ana from the moment he rescued her out of the lake (*Cue eye roll*) yet his character actually felt a little weird to be in a romantic relationship with Ana. Sam was in fact 5000 years old (after being reincarnated A LOT of times) and Ana was merely 18 (Actually, probably 5 but I digress) However, this wasn’t the main issue here, it was rather the fact that Sam seemed to be Ana’s father or at least her teacher. The plot went a little something like this: “What is that Sam?” “That my dear Anna, is the grand city of Heart. It was first found in *Insert Date* by our ancestors who just happened to come across a gigantic piece of land with dozens of resources… Blah, blah, blah….” And repeat. And repeat. Yeah. I see no romance in that, do you? (Or a plot :/) Additionally, Sam was just the cardboard cutout of a handsome, kind, flawless love interest in a YA novel. There was nothing special about him and worse yet, there was nothing special about his “romance” with Ana.

Incarnate’s world was the one thing I put all of my hopes on and unfortunately, I was yet again immensely disappointed. There was no world building except for the bare minimum of a description and the information we do get isn’t anything intruiging or interesting to read about. One thing Meadows does though is throw in random fantastical creatures to make the story seem more like a fantasy. There was mentions of centaurs and sylphs at the most absurd of times, and more often than not I was confused at where they came from. The plot as well was a sticky mess. There was nothing going on in the chapters I have read and not a single thing about the writing or the plot made me want to keep reading. The audiobook did make it more bearable though, as I am not sure I would have made it up to this point reading rather than listening to the narrator.

Overall, Incarnate had the potential to be something great but was unfortunately badly executed. Without there being an interesting enough plot, world building or characters, I have absolutely no desire to continue on with this almost 400 page book. It looked beautiful sitting on the shelves, but sadly up close it was not for me. 

Have you read Incarnate or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading lovelies xoxo,

-Jenna <3-

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