Review: Asunder

March 30, 2013 Review 16

Review: Asunder
Asunder by Jodi Meadows
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Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 406
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Series: Newsoul #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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 Newsoul 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 soulin a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

My review for Incarnate (Newsoul #1) Here.

Just like INCARNATE, ASUNDER and I had a very interesting relationship. I was dead set on giving ASUNDER three stars like its predecessor, but the last eighty pages really hooked me in for the next book.

Because of Templedark, everyone is concerned about the oldsouls that are not going to return, and the newsouls that are going into be born into the world. Although she helped make the disaster less horrendous, some still blame Ana for the incident.

If you didn’t care for INCARNATE because it was missing action and focused solely on romance then you will find improvement in ASUNDER. There was a mystery that definitely screamed to be solved, and that was the main thing that kept me really involved in the story.

We find out so much more about Janan, sylph, the history of Heart, and the concept of reincarnation in this series. This part of the novel was fantastic, all the secrets wove neatly into each other and left you satisfied yet still wanting more information.I still had a huge problem with the relationships in this book. It seemed like every character was in love with Sam but, oh wait-no, that person also has a thing for Ana. Not to mention the characters who motives changed unpredictably and went against their original personality.

Ana went through a huge round of character development and actually became somewhat honorable. In INCARNATE, she seemed like a weak protagonist that couldn’t make up her mind what kind of personality she wanted to have. Overall, I think that was because she was vulnerable and just plain stubborn sometimes. I have a lot more respect for her afer ASUNDER.

The ending is bound to tear you apart, I was totally not expecting it or the twist that came along with it. I recommend this to fans of INCARNATE, and people who didn’t like INCARNATE for the reasons I  mentioned above. I will be reading the next book in this series.

16 Responses to “Review: Asunder”

  1. Dianna (Stories After Twelve)

    I haven’t read this series but I think it would be interesting to start it. It’s not really on my top list or anything but the story seems quite interesting despite all the flaws. Probably I’ll pick this one up sometime soon! Great review, Alise! : )

  2. Aman

    I agree with you on story development. I loved knowing about Sylphs and I kind of missed them later on in the story. And I loved the ending, Janan is one evil person and I can’t wait to read the next book (is that the last book?). I don’t really like Sam that much, he is not very helpful for the story but we’ll see, maybe I’ll end up liking him. Great review =)

  3. Delaney

    I haven’t read this series but it sounds so interesting! Though you gave Incarnate a lower rating, the second book sounds really good!

    Wonderful review, Alise! ^^


    An interesting premise! I kinda got confused a bit with the newsouls, oldsouls,darksouls etc.. But I guess reading the book’ll help me find out!
    In terms of the relationships, was it done well? I know how much you dislike intsa-love.

  5. Megan TheBookBabe

    That’s interesting– I was actually considering not reading this one, because I gave the first one three stars, and I was nervous that this would be the same– all romance, no action. Basically, you said it better than I ever could! ;) I’ll have to give this one a shot. Fab review, Alise! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

  6. rivie bleu

    That’s why it’s so important to give sequels a chance, even if you don’t like the first one, sometimes the second one is way better. Too bad we tend to give up on them when we don’t like the first book. Although sometimes the sequels are just not as good as the first.

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