Thursday, April 05, 2012

Mini Reviews: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and The Stone in Meadow by Karleen Bradford

From Goodreads: 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. 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? 

My Rating: 2.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows was a book that I thought started off well but ultimately disappointed me in the end. The novel begins with eighteen-year-old Ana finally leaving her home and abusive mother to figure out why she, a Newsoul, was born and how she fits into a world where everybody else but her has been reincarnated over and over again. The world Meadows created was initially fascinating to me, with reincarnation, dragons and sylphs. It later started to feel weak though because it didn’t really seem to have any rules behind it. Things just existed or happened that would simply leave me with more questions.

In terms of the characters, I liked how patient and gentle Sam was with Ana when her past made it hard for her to trust him. However, neither Sam nor Ana stood out in my mind; and when their romance became the focal point of the majority of the book, it distracted Ana from her quest and in my opinion, caused the worldbuilding to suffer as a result. Also, I found the romance to be a little strange because Sam has been a girl in the past and it’s kind of weird to be wearing a girl’s clothes and know that they belong to the guy you’re interested in or be jealous of that guy because he filled out those clothes better than you. 

Incarnate was released in January 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books.

In exchange for an honest review, this ARC was received from the publisher (HarperCollins) for free via NetGalley.

From Back Cover: The large, black stone in the meadow in Cornwall held a strange, hypnotic fascination for Jenifer. One day she found out why. Was it just a dream? Or could the stone really transport her back in time - a hundred years ... a thousand years ...? If it were a dream, it was so vivid Jenifer knew that as long as she lived she would never forget Perran, that small boy from the past who had shared her adventure. And Fedelm - the Druid priestess who was the image of Jenifer, and who was so frightened of her. But, above all, she would remember Bron, with his blue eyes and flaming hair, who would remain forever her first love. 

My Rating: 2.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Karleen Bradford’s The Stone in the Meadow was a short book that took me a really, really long time to read because I kept putting it down to read other books in between. As was the case with Bradford’s The Other Elizabeth, I thought the amount of historical detail in the novel was great but had a difficult time caring about the characters or getting invested in the story. Furthermore, I found the depiction of Bron as being Jenifer’s first love in the synopsis to be misleading because a) Jenifer is only thirteen and b) the two speak different languages and therefore don’t understand each other. First crush, maybe; but saying he’s her first love is taking it a little too far.

The Stone in the Meadow was released by Starburst Digital Rights International Inc. in September 2011. 

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher.
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  1. Completely agree with your thoughts of "Incarnate", Z. Had a really good start but then it sort of lost itself after the first half. I grew so bored and frustrated that I actually skipped ahead to some chapters in hopes that the story picks up.

    Too bad about "Stone in the Meadow". I had my share of those underwhelming reads lately too. Hope your next reads are better!

  2. Awwww sorry Incarnate didn't quite work as well for you as it did for me Z! I agree with you on the relationship being a little strange given Sam had been a girl in past lives, but somehow I was able to just overlook that and see the person he was currently. If I thought too much about it it got creepy, so I didn't:) Hope the next books you work better for you!

  3. hahaha! Most guys look better in my clothes than me, but yeah, I wouldn't want to read about it. LOL

    And I've definitely suffered through that feeling of losing interest before. Not fun.

    Thanks for these minis, Z! I hope you next read is better.

  4. Having not read Incarnate but just hearing about how Sam was a girl in his past life and also the issue with the clothes is so weird and strange.

  5. You know, I still haven't gotten around to reading INCARNATE yet, and part of the reason is I keep seeing middling reviews. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this as much! Fingers crossed for the next one.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  6. You know, I still haven't gotten around to reading INCARNATE yet, and part of the reason is I keep seeing middling reviews. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this as much! Fingers crossed for the next one.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  7. I've been meaning to read Incarnate for some time now, it sounds great! Love your blog, new follower.

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  8. Awww, it's too bad that these two books weren't as mind-blowing as you'd hoped! I actually sort of enjoyed Incarnate, although I agree about Sam and Ana's relationship -- I was never completely sold on them as a couple either, even though I adored them as characters, so the focus on it wasn't for me!

    Still, thanks for sharing your awesome honest mini-reviews, Z! Hopefully you can find a blow-you-away book to make up for these two this weekend :) <3

  9. I've heard about the romance in Incarnate a lot. It sounds pretty weird. The whole concept does, actually. It does sound intriguing though! I'm sorry both of these books disappointed you. :( But nevertheless, thanks for the fabulous reviews! :)


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