Sunday, April 14, 2013

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Newsoul Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Jodi Meadows' website):
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

We get a lot of romance in this book.  For Ana, everything's new and exciting.  But to everyone else, it's pretty old and just the same-old-same-old.  Which is why they don't understand the relationship between Sam and Ana.  He's taking advantage of her according to them.  But really, I think he's seeing things in a new way thanks to her and her new insight.

So what does asunder mean?  I finished the book, and I don't even know what it means.  According to Google, it means "apart, divided" or "into pieces".  Makes sense now.  That describes Ana because she is separate from all of the oldsouls, she's a newsoul.

This book focuses on explaining the sylph and how reincarnation came to be.  Only problem is we'll only got an itty-little-bitty of the story here.  Everything else was just romance and drama.  I mean don't get me wrong, it was good.  But at the end of the book, I'm left wondering what was really accomplished.  My couple of questions just turned into a million.  And the reincarnation story just got super-complicated.

This series is a fun read, but I'm beginning to think I should have waited until all three were out before reading them.  The background, the story, it's all really good.  I just wish the storyline would continue more before finishing the last page in this book.

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