Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 31st 2012
Series: Newsoul #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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?Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
The romance overshadows the plot for the majority of the book, with a few conflicts thrown in between that give it substance. I didn’t mind this because I love the interactions with Sam and Ana and their slow moving feelings for each other. I was just glad it wasn’t the cheesy insta-love it could have been. Their moments on the piano were especially adorable. Sam’s consideration for Anna’s feelings were sweet, and he even created a way for her to be remembered even if she is not reincarnated
I did not like how Sam’s fear of dragons was described, it was way exaggerated even if he has bad past experiences with them. Speaking of the dragons, they kind of seemed thrown in. They seemed kind of fictional until they started attacking the city. The attack itself was written well but I think there needed to be a bit more background and information on them.
I really love the quotes from this, many of the descriptions are so vivid you can picture things in your mind and feel things on your skin. Check out this beautiful line:
“Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.”
The actually story and mystery kicks in full gear at about the last seventy pages. Things are crazy until the very end and we are left with more questions than we had at the beginning. I am anxious to read the sequel because I hear the shortcomings that were in this novel are fixed and made up for in ASUNDER.