Book Review: Incarnate

Title: Incarnate (Newsoul #1)

Author: Jodi Meadows

Rating: 4 0f 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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?

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.

My Review:  I finished reading this book a few hours ago and am still trying to wrap my head around it. So if I seem a little scatter brained please bear with me.

When the story starts, it is Ana’s 18th birthday and she is leaving home. As it turns out her mother is a good for nothing _________. Think of your worse insult and fill in that blank. And believe me it still wouldn’t be harsh enough to do that woman justice.

So the abuse and neglect inflected on Ana, truly defines her character. Which by the way, Meadows does a great job of showing the reader. So as she attempts to reach her destination she finds Sam. Needless to say, I really liked him. He was honest, caring, attentive, selfless and I loved seeing the sparks fly. Their romance is exceedingly beautiful and was a big reason for my enjoying the book so much.

Ana always the neglected, abused and mocked child had a lot of character development to undergo. Maybe not everyone will agree with me on this one. But my big dislike of the book lies in her development. At first we see her changes including her learning to trust. However, at some point I felt like the changes stopped being showed and were simply stated. No, let me correct myself. She actually went from victim to rebel out of no where. At some points I felt lost and tended to not recognize her character.

In all honesty, that dislike is minor in comparison to the good in the book. It is a rollercoaster of romance, betrayal, abuse, love and hate. The reason I picked up this book is because of the synopsis. I was totally intrigued and decided to give it a try… It was totally worth it. It is utterly impossible to put down and I was unable to get anything done until I finished reading the book. A lot of questions were left unanswered and I do believe it could have ended better but I think Meadows was simply trying to draw us to book two. Incarnate was captivating and is a book I recommend.

Book Review: Need

Title: Need (Need #1)

Author: Carrie Jones

Rating: 1 0f 5 Stars

Synopsis: Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.

My Review: This book was recommended to me and this person has never steered me wrong… Until now. It was sort of interesting and it put a nice twist on pixies- making the whole race evil-ish but more that anything it annoyed and frustrated me.

Let me start by naming some positives. Zara, the protagonist, is someone that is obsessed with phobias. So at the beginning of every chapter a phobia is named and defined. For example, the first chapter starts by naming Phobophobia and thendivines it as being the fear of phobias. Well, I found it educational and happened to have enjoyed it. Next, the story actually starts of very well. With the way the story begins, was intrigued and very interested in the book. That sums up the good for me.

Now is where I will warn you of the ranting that is sure to follow… I apologize in advance. I found Zara so naive and weak. I’m not saying she didn’t show strength over all because she mostly was strong. But her moments of weakness…. Irritated the crap out of me. Throughout the entire book it is clear that she is being lied to and everyone is in on secrets she’s not made aware of. What I don’t understand is how she can be so accepting of that. If you moved to a new place and are meeting new people, would you blindly trust them knowing that they are keeping secrets. How is she so trusting of strangers that are clearly keeping things from her? Sheesh she should of had some radar going off or something. How can she not even be curious or attempt to find out what’s going on. I swear it’s not only me. Aren’t humans naturally supposed to be curious? *Spoiler Alert*Well then again she’s not completely human either. Regardless, I found it to be unrealistic.

Then there’s the fact that she is SO slow. When things start being revealed… Wow it took an effort to finish this book. I think there’s is a difference between being stupid and being in denial. The protagonist in this book just comes off as stupid. There are only so many times that you can ask “where did the dog go?”

Ok, I think I’ve made my point and am quite frankly tired of ranting. Not a terrible book but not exactly good either. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend, unless you have no other book available or enjoy wasting away hours of your life…

Book Review: Legends Lost

Title: Legends Lost

Author: Janet McNulty

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Amborese thought she was a peasant’s daughter until one night dark creatures murdered her parents and pursued her into the forest. Saved by a talking cat and her friend Zolo, she fled for her life only to learn that she had a bigger destiny than she once believed. Pursued across the five lands of Tesnayr by an evil wizard’s army, Amborese must overcome her doubts and unite the dragons, elves, dwarves, and the five lands themselves. But will they follow a mere girl?

When I read the description for this book I was immediately interested. However, I was not at all prepared for the awesomeness McNulty presents to us in Legends Lost. Her storytelling rivals that of Christopher Paolini and J.K. Rowling.

The story is about a girl, Amborese, who discovers that there is more to her life than being a peasants daughter and has a destiny to fulfill. It is a very intriguing and action packed book. It is told in a way that you, as a reader, are always aware of the happenings in Tesnayr. McNulty does a great job of setting the scene from the language to the imagery.

The story is told in third person POV and has a wide array of interesting characters. Every character serves a purpose and even the most insignificant seeming characters turn up later in the book and play a part in the progression of the story line. I was seriously into this book. At the beginning of the book I kept thinking of how much Legends Lost reminded me of Eragon and Harry Potter but it took on a life of its own. It is a book I would recommend to anyone, especially those who enjoyed these books.

Now, although overall I really enjoyed this book, I do have some complaints. There is a part where Amborese meets dwarves on her travels and one night they have some sort of celebration. Here they start singing some drunk never-ending song and McNulty shares their lyrics- and that is my complaint. I kept reading the lyrics wondering what role the would play in the story line… Well they don’t play any role at all and I also found it terrible boring. So if my ranting has not sufficed to state the obvious, I did not like or enjoy the dwarves songs in any way. *Spoiler Alert* Then there is the matter of Sylena’s death. (I’m not sure if anyone will consider this a spoiler- but just in case.) My complaint here is her dying period. She is a faerie and is therefore supposed to be immortal. Right? I just wished that was explained. Was the lion somehow magical and her immortality ceased to exist before his magic? Or did her turning evil rid her of her immortality? Overall, I just wish the reader was provided with more information. Next, I found Amborese’s grief at the end of part one to be a little unrealistic. Well not so much the grief itself but the way she handled it. I wished McNulty would have given us more insight to her feelings at that moment instead of simply stating (something like) “she was sad but squared her shoulders and moved on with her life.” I feel so dramatic for stating it that way but I think my point was made.

So to summarize, although I had a few complaints it was overall an amazing read. It’s a book I would definitely recommend and a book that deserves to be read.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review