Thursday, 26 January 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

From Goodreads : Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine

—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : When someone died and brought back to life, does they deserve the chance?
Fracture is a story of second chances, life and death, love and friendship. Before reading Fracture I was confused about how this book is going be like, just another realistic fiction including some teen problems. Well guess what, I was proven wrong. This is a realistic fiction though but mingled with some serious topic like euthanasia and with a little touch of suspense. With few turns and curves, the navigation was not what I expected. The story was tense and moving. Easy to read, Fracture is a page turner.

“I hadn't known that a light could be a feeling and a sound could be a color and a kiss could be both a question and an answer. And that heaven could be the ocean or a person or this moment or something else entirely.”

After 11 minutes under freezing water, when Delaney was pulled out by her best friend Decker, her heart stopped beating, and she died. But a miracle happed, she started breathing, and she came back to life. But something was very wrong with her, an unusual feeling, and a strange impelling to the persons who is going to die.

Enter Troy Varga. Recently emerged from come, Troy has experienced death just like Delaney. He started to follow Delaney everywhere, with some intentions much more sinister than you think.

Delaney and Decker

I found Delany a bit complex and confused but deserving enough for being a protagonist. She was also brave enough, able to face and deal with danger without flinching. Her mind was conflicting with her own thoughts. As for example one moment she claimed Decker to be her best friend and next moment she got angry when she saw him with Tara. One minute she thought Troy understands her better than anyone, next minute she was scared of him. It took me time to keep up with her faster moving confuse mind. Her possible love interest was very believable and their romance developed in a realistic pace.

Decker “the best friend” was just adorable, always been there for Delaney. When Delaney came back to life he tried to deal with his own feelings as well as Delany’s and all the awkward situations between them. As I told before Fracture is a story of second chances, it’s needless to say Decker earned this second chance to be with Delany at the moment he pulled her out of frozen lake.

Troy and Euthanasia

Tory is the most important character in Fracture in my opinion, without him the story is void.He is more like “call me your sinner” and less like “call me your saint”. Haunted by memories, carried by the burden of guilt, he considered himself responsible for his family’s death. Troy is mentally unhealthy, a physiologically disturbed character which is completely opposite from his appearance. You will never know what is going on in his mind and what is going to be his next move.
Unlike Delaney, Troy believed he should have stayed dead, and any other persons who went through death like state shouldn’t have came back to life at all. He thought euthanasia i.e. mercy killing is the only way to get someone out of their miseries, their pain.

What if the unconscious person, lying on bed has slightest ray of hope to come back, waiting for a miracle to happen. Is it really that easy to give up on life rather than fighting for it?
I liked how the author brought up concerned topic of euthanasia, decorating it by the exterior of a fantastic story, which is very thought arousing.

Ignoring the fact that the story has lost its focus a little bit for several times, Fracture has the potentiality of becoming a thoughtful book of young adults. So a 3.5 form me. I would love to recommend Fracture for everyone; it’s worth trying for at least once.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Exclusive Interview with Brodi Ashton, Author of Everneath

Me : What was your inspiration of writing Everneath? would you like to share?

Brodi : I would love to share, but it's difficult because the inspiration came from so many places over so many years! But it started with a scene, of a girl returning to her high school after a long mysterious absence that changed her forever.

Me : What is your favorite Greek Mythology?

Brodi : Orpheus and Eurydice. Hands down!

Me : What is an Everneath? Would you like enlighten the readers about the world of Everneath?

Brodi : It's like the Underworld, only it's not for the dead. I'll share the explanation from the beginning of the book:
History books call it the Underworld. Or even hell. But I know it's neither. it is really called the Everneath, and it's not a place for the dead. it's a place for the Everliving - beings who have discovered the secret to eternal life. It's a place for their Forfeits - the humans who give up everything to nourish the Everliving. It's the world caught between this one and the next, a layer between Earth and Hell. I know because I was a Forfeit. I would give anything to change this.

Me : There are two interesting boys in the story, Jack and Cole, How do you like to describe their characters and personalities?

Brodi : Jack: Patient, charismatic, strong
Cole: Persistent, stubborn, enigmatic

Me : If you were Nikki, what would you do on the six months on surface before going back to Everneath?

Brodi : I would be with my family. And I would eat anything I wanted. :)

Me : As you have mentioned "Redemption" in the book, what is your view about Redemption? Do you believe in Redemption?

Brodi : I absolutely believe in redemption! We all need a little rescuing from time to time, and we all need grace from our mistakes from time to time too. We're human.

Me : Currently You are working on the next Installment, when is this coming out? would you like to share few words about this book?

Brodi : The sequel to EVERNEATH will come out January 2013, which seems like forever away! All I can say about the sequel is that if you've read the first one, you'll have an idea of where the second one will take us. It is a journey.

Me : You book has received huge response from the readers, How are you feeling about it?

Brodi : I'm feeling great today! I am overwhelmed with the response from readers, and humbled that readers are connecting with the book.

I would like to thank Brodi Ashton, Author of Everneath for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her book Everneath.
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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Exclusive Interview with Anne Greenwood Brown, Author of Lies Beneath

Me : Your first YA novel Lies Beneath is coming out on summer 2012, would you like enlighten us about the story?

Anne : LIES BENEATH is the story of Calder White, the only brother in a family of merpeople who live in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior. Calder and his sisters are obsessed with killing Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death. To lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the lake, the mermaids charge Calder with the task of seducing the man’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Lily Hancock. Get close to the daughter, they tell him, and you’ll get close to the family. Get close to the family, and you’ll get close to the man. Get him out on the water. We’ll take care of the rest.

But Calder screws everything up by falling in love. Now he’s in the unenviable position of trying to love the girl while simultaneously plotting her father’s murder. Suffice it to say, his sisters aren’t pleased with his effort, and Calder’s running out of time (and excuses).

Me : What was your inspiration of writing an novel on mermaids? Why not other supernaturals such as Vampires, werewolves or fairies?

Anne :
I didn't set out to write a mermaid story, or a paranormal story at all. I was actually writing a normal love story with normal people who lived in a town on the shores of Lake Superior. The man was a handsome young ferry boat captain. While I was writing that novel, I kept waking up in the middle of the night with that ferry boat captain diving off the boat into the lake--which would be stupid. Lake Superior is dangerously cold. A normal human being wouldn't last 5 minutes. I kept telling the character not to dive in, but he kept doing it, and then in one dream he burst out with this silver tail. So I scrapped what I'd been writing and wrote the story that apparently wanted to be told.

Me : How do you like to define the protagonist Calder White? Is he a "bad boy" turning into lifesaving hero ?

Anne : It's interesting to me to read the early reviews and hear people say how they see him as a terrifying, evil monster who turns good. It's true, he's done some terrible things, and he doesn't show much sign of changing his ways for awhile, but in his heart he's a "Mama's boy" with no Mama. He's scared. He's alone. Even with his sisters he feels alone and different. He's just looking for a place to belong.

Me : Do you think falling in love can change some one's life upside down?

Anne : Absolutely. So can falling out of love.

Me : Currently you are working on Water Lily, the sequel of Lies Beneath. How many books in Lies Beneath series you are planing on Writing?

Anne : Book 2 is done, except for the editing process. The title (Water Lily) is likely going to change so watch for that! Right now I'm working on Book 3, which will end the series. If there are any more stories about the White family, it will likely be a prequel, telling the story of the mother, whose death Calder and his sisters are avenging.

Me : Would you like to tell us few words about Water Lily, which is coming out on 2013?

Anne : Book 2 is a continuation of the Lies Beneath story, but it's told from Lily's point of view so you'll get a different "angle" on all the characters and see them through her eyes, most particularly Calder.

Me : What are you most favorite YA novels?

Anne : I loved Judy Blume books as a kid. I love the Harry Potter series (of course), and I enjoyed Twilight and the Hunger Games series. More recently I've read the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer; Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Possess by Gretchen McNeil; and Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I'm really looking forward to Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Hoole (comes out in April) and Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (comes out in August).

Me : Would you like to give a small massage to the readers?

Anne : Listen to your dreams. They're probably telling you something important!

I would like to thank Anne Greenwood Brown, Author of Lies Beneath for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her upcoming book Lies Beneath.
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Graphic Novel : City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Here is the preview of most anticipated Graphic novel adaptation of Cassandra Clare's New York Times best-selling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
What do you guys think??? pleaase open the images into new tab, I guess you will get a good view

I think Simon is exactly what I imagined him to be, Clary is also good But i'm not satisfied with Jace. What do you Guys Think?

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

From Goodreads : A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : I used to avoid any zombie movies or novels before reading Warm Bodies Well I still believe zombies are creepy but this book shook my thoughts upside down. This book taught us about being human. Humans are the only living species in the Homo genus, a human body is constructed of flesh and bone with warm blood flowing through our artery and vein, our heart beats at 60/RR interval in seconds. Then why are we so different from these living dead zombies??? Because we have feelings, we smile when we are happy, we cry when we are in pain, our brain is a collection of memories, of both joy and sorrows.

Warm Bodies is a sensitive love story of a young zombie R and a human girl Julie with a music of pensive sadness, that will cause a sensation as of things crawling on your skin. We have always come across Zombie novel such as Reapers Are The Angels or Feed, which were creepy and violent. Well Warm bodies is a creepy story but in a sweet way. That’s what made this book unique.

“My friend ‘M’ says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can’t smile, because your lips have rotted off.”

The author did a splendid job by narrating the story from the point of view of R. Going through R’s life was a surprising experience of how it’s like to be a Zombie. Human bodies are sustenance for a zombie, an appetite for their survival. No matter how much R feels guilty, he has to set upon the living and eat. R is disturbed, wistful and humorous at the same time. I believe no zombie book was ever pictured those sides of a Zombie life.

A Quick Look

When R killed Perry, a human boy, he accidentally ate his brain, and felt an impulsive urge to save Perry’s girlfriend Julie. When R saved her , he brought her with him to his abandoned plane to keep her safe.
Warm Bodies was revolved around R and Julie, from the very beginning of their friendship until they found their way to each other. The entire story was broken into several glimpses of Perry’s memory, each moment Perry lives including the images of his times with Julie. R felt the same affection and protectiveness towards Julie, even when back to reality, he hold her hand with tight grip of assurance and warmth. The romance was quite impossible considering R isn’t exactly alive, neither he’s dead, still he felt full of life and spirit after he met Julie. So does other zombies, some miracle happened and they started to feel the vibration of life like a human. The book ended with a hope of brave new world and promising future but was not I expected, it was equivocal and unsatisfactory for me, like there should have been something more.

The book is action packed regarding the fact that both Zombies and humans are hunting each others for their own existence. Zombies are eating humans and their bites are infectious where the remaining humans are also hunting down Zombies from being overwhelmed. Sadly Julie’s father is one of them who believe Zombies don’t deserve to be back to their normal human life. Stuck these two sides it was really hard for R to be with Julie and keep her safe. If they stayed in aero plane area, zombies would kill Julie, if they went to civilization, humans would track down R and kill him.

I would like to say:

Please do not judge the story from technical point of view, then romance between a Zombie and a Human would seem very unrealistic. Consider the book as an impressive example of literature and try to find the hidden moral of humanity behind the story which would lead you to a deep thinking about giving values to your life.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

From Goodreads : Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Then: Once there was a Girl named Persephone who was abducted by Lord of underworld Hades

Now: There is a girl named Nikki, abducted by Cole to Everneath, sounds same???? Ohh wait there is twist of third guy. I love twists a lot.

Then: Once there was a pair of lovers, Orpheus and Eurydice. When Eurydice was poisoned and died, Orpheus didn’t give up hope, he made an impossible journey to underworld to bring Eurydice back. He was almost succeeded but one small mistake of looking back took Eurydice back to underworld, this time forever.

Now: Jack and Nikki were lost in love, impossible to separate until Cole took her to Everneath. Jack never gave up on her. His love and memory helped Nikki to survive the feed in Everneath. Now she’s back on surface but only for six months. The tunnels are coming for her soon and Cole will never leave her alone. Question is will Jack be her Orpheus and save her from dragging back to Everneath? Or Cole will succeed to make her his queen?

I’m a sucker of mythology and this book is a wonderful adaption of my favorite mythologies of Hades and Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice. Everneath did what Abandon and The Goddess Test couldn’t.

Brilliantly written the book led us to journey of love, passion, sacrifice and bravery. We are given several flashbacks throughout the whole story. Organized beautifully, the series of pasts and presents made this book more interesting.

Ashton’s imagination of Everneath is fascinating and wonderful. Everneath is a limbo between life and death, residents of Everneath are called Everlivings, and they are some sort of supernatural who feeds on human emotion and energy.

Nikki, Jack and Cole

As for the characters, I would love to give Ashton credit for creating Jack, Cole and Nikki. Each of them has their own different approaches and characteristics.

Nikki has six months left to say goodbye to her family and to her love before sucking back into Everneath. Normally no human can survive the feed, Nikki was an exception and that made her unique.

Despite of some stupid decisions she made, Nikki is marked by firm determination. I felt emotionally attached to her and I liked her. Numb, broken and gaunt, when she came back from Everneath, instead of being anguished she put the pieces together, struggled with past experience, repaired the damage between her and Jack. Nikki is also compassionate in my opinion; she chose to be a forfeit in tunnels rather than feeding on innocents.

Jack is a sweet heart, a loving and caring guy. Broken, yet courageous, Jack is an ultimate love interest. It was very hard to endure the pain of losing Nikki, but he never lost hope.In one word Jack is a crush worthy male protagonist.

On the contrary Cole is like an eclipse with different shades of personality. He is dark, seductive and charming; he is an ultimate completion of bad ass supernatural. He may be morally reprehensible but it’s hard to consider him as evil, he’s not good either. On one hand Cole is detestable, wretched; on the other he’s sympathetic and caring, I just couldn’t hate him. Cole is a destructive whirlpool, if you jump in there is no way of coming back, it will swallow you instantly.

The Triangle

Nikki’s warm affection and devotion for Jack is praise worthy. She remained unbendable to Cole’s temptation to take her back and make her an Everliving. Cole took away her all memories of surface but her feelings of Jack was beyond his reach, and her love was invincible.

Same words are applicable for Jack. He fought till last moment to keep Nikki safe but with a terrible price to pay. The invisible thread between them always kept them together even when they were apart. They are so connected and meant to be with each other. Their love for each other was admirable.

If I compare Jack with Orpheus, Cole’s character is definitely inspired by Hades.

The relationship between Cole and Nikki was not love exactly; it was more a relation of decency from both sides. Cole can’t survive without Nikki and whether she admits it or not, Nikki was also emotionally dependent on Cole. Whenever she was in pain, Cole took it away. If Jack was her guide towards light Cole was Nikki’s shadow, following her around everywhere. It was not clear whether Cole was in love with her or not, but he feels something fierce and protective for her. His heart aced whenever he saw her with Jack.

Cover lust

The cover is amazing; the way Nikki in red dress walking down from the cyclone of tunnels is just what we need to attract the readers. I can kill someone to get the red dress and I’m two hundred percent serious.

Well, this book is a page turner, surprising and the end will take you to the height of excitement that you will feel itched to read the next installment. I really really liked this book.

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Cover Reveal: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

OMFG, DEAR LORD!!!! SAVE ME.I'm gonna have a heart attack, This cover is FUCKING AMAZING. Jace and Clary on cover!!!! I want this right now or I might die.
That was my first reaction after watching the cover.
New Year Blast‼‼! A new beginning with new shadow hunter adventure. New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare finally revealed brand new cover of fifth installment City of Lost Souls of her bestselling series The Mortal Instrument. The cover is featuring our beloved shadow hunter couple Jace and Clary. Clare has stated on her blog that Clary will be on the cover of last three books of The Mortal Instrument series. Question is who will be with her on the cover of next one.

Here Is The Exclusive Prologue :

Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house.

He'd never known another home. This was the place his parents had brought him home to when he was born. He had grown up within the walls of the Brooklyn row house. He'd played on the street under the leafy shade of the trees in the summer, and had made improvised sleds out of garbage can lids in the winter. In this house his whole family had sat shivah after his father had died. Here he had kissed Clary for the first time.

He had never imagined a day when the door of the house would be closed to him. The last time he had seen his mother, she had called him a monster and prayed at him that he would go away. He had made her forget that he was a vampire, using glamour, but he had not known how long the glamour would last. As he stood in the cold autumn air, staring in front of him, he knew it had not lasted long enough.

The door was covered with signs—Stars of David splashed on in paint, the incised shape of the symbol for Chai, life. Tefillin were bound to the doorknob and knocker. A hamesh, the Hand of God, covered the peephole.

Numbly he put his hand to the metal mezuzah affixed to the right side of the doorway. He saw the smoke rise from the place where his hand touched the holy object, but he felt nothing. No pain. Only a terrible empty blankness, rising slowly into a cold rage.

He kicked the bottom of the door and heard the echo through the house. "Mom!" he shouted. "Mom, it's me!"

There was no reply—only the sound of the bolts being turned on the door. His sensitized hearing had recognized his mother's footsteps, her breathing, but she said nothing. He could smell acrid fear and panic even through the wood. "Mom!" His voice broke. "Mom, this is ridiculous! Let me in! It's me, Simon!"

The door juddered, as if she had kicked it. "Go away!" Her voice was rough, unrecognizable with terror. "Murderer!"

"I don't kill people." Simon leaned his head against the door. He knew he could probably kick it down, but what would be the point? "I told you. I drink animal blood."

He heard her whisper, softly, several words in Hebrew. "You killed my son," she said. "You killed him and put a monster in his place."

"I am your son—"

"You wear his face and speak with his voice, but you are not him! You're not Simon!" Her voice rose to almost a scream. "Get away from my house before I kill you, monster!"

"Becky," he said. His face was wet; he put his hands up to touch it, and they came away stained: His tears were bloody. "What have you told Becky?"

"Stay away from your sister." Simon heard a clattering from inside the house, as if something had been knocked over.

"Mom," he said again, but this time his voice wouldn't rise. It came out as a hoarse whisper. His hand had begun to throb. "I need to know—is Becky there? Mom, open the door. Please—"

"Stay away from Becky!" She was backing away from the door; he could hear it. Then came the unmistakeable squeal of the kitchen door swinging open, the creak of the linoleum as she walked on it. The sound of a drawer being opened. Suddenly he imagined his mother grabbing for one of the knives.

Before I kill you, monster.

The thought rocked him back on his heels. If she struck out at him, the Mark would rise. It would destroy her as it had destroyed Lilith.

He dropped his hand and backed up slowly, stumbling down the steps and across the sidewalk, fetching up against the trunk of one of the big trees that shaded the block. He stood where he was, staring at the front door of his house, marked and disfigured with the symbols of his mother's hate for him.

No, he reminded himself. She didn't hate him. She thought he was dead. What she hated was something that didn't exist. I am not what she says I am.

He didn't know how long he would have stood there, staring, if his phone hadn't begun to ring, vibrating his coat pocket.

He reached for it reflexively, noticing that the pattern from the front of the mezuzah—interlocked Stars of David—was burned into the palm of his hand. He switched hands and put the phone to his ear. "Hello?"

"Simon?" It was Clary. She sounded breathless. "Where are you?"

"Home," he said, and paused. "My mother's house," he amended. His voice sounded hollow and distant to his own ears. "Why aren't you back at the Institute? Is everyone all right?"

"That's just it," she said. "Just after you left, Maryse came back down from the roof where Jace was supposed to be waiting. There was no one there."

Simon moved. Without quite realizing he was doing it, like a mechanical doll, he began walking up the street, toward the subway station. "What do you mean, there was no one there?"

"Jace was gone," she said, and he could hear the strain in her voice. "And so was Sebastian."

Simon stopped in the shadow of a bare-branched tree. "But he was dead. He's dead, Clary—"

"Then you tell me why he isn't there, because he isn't," she said, her voice finally breaking. "There's nothing up there but a lot of blood and broken glass. They're both gone, Simon. Jace is gone. . . ."

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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

From Goodreads : NEWSOUL
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 suspicious and 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.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : There's always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you'll become.

Do you believe in Reincarnation? I do. This is the first reason why I chose this book. Of course the cover is Epic, most beautiful cover I have ever seen. The complete theme of reincarnation of souls was innovative and refreshing. This book is definitely a page turner.

A Vague Indication

The story was set in a dystopian world where souls reincarnate million times, each time in a new body. The body may change but the soul doesn’t. The night Ciana died the soul temple went dark. After few years Li gave birth to a daughter, Ana. Everyone thought Ciana has returned, but this soul was different, never been born before, a Newsoul. Ana replaced Ciana. Being a new soul Ana’s life had been tougher than any one, her own mother was ashamed of her, hated her, and called her a Nosoul. Incarnate is the quest of Ana to find the answers behind her birth.

The Love Birds

As for the characters, I am confused with Ana, I really am. Sometime she was brave as hell, strong as a steal, and sometime she acted dumb, fragile like a delicate butterfly, if you try to tight your grip on its wings, it will be broken. When she’s with Sam, she got all the courage to fight out anything, when she came face to face with Li, she became just like a small little kitten trying to hide itself from the paw of big cat. I can understand her situation. Living in isolation outside the range for 18 years of her life, she had been lonely, unlovable and friendless. When she escaped Li’s and set foot on Heart, where everyone has previous lives and lot of memories, she felt unconnected, detached to the society and surroundings. That’s why I wanted her to be braver, which she wasn't enough for a main protagonist. In the beginning she was not much enjoyable, I found her sorrowful, whimpering and complaining over and over about her life, but I liked how her character unfolds slowly with the progress of the story.

I'd give anything to make things right for you.”He caressed my cheek, my hair, my back. Everywhere he touched, the angry fires cooled. I wished he'd touch my heart. "But I can't. I can help, but the hard work is all up to you, If you don't feel real, no one else can do it for you. I promise, though you've always felt real to me.

Sam was a sweetheart, just my type of guy. Determine, modest, intriguing and passionate would be the perfect adjectives for Sam. He’s a sweet and gentle guy with a very kind soul. He did every possible thing to keep Ana safe and sound, didn’t care how much it would cost him to help Ana. He always stood by Ana in any situation which was very brave of him. Sometime I found him complicated, hard to understand what’s going on inside him, but that doesn’t matter much.

The writing was lyrical, each word was chosen very carefully and beautifully by the author. The writing style is very neat example of well organized literature.

The book was supposed to be based on Ana’s quest, instead the book was more focused on romance and the story derailed and lost its track in middle. At least 60% of this book consist description the time period Ana spend with Sam, learning music, those almost but “never happening” kisses and awkwardness between them.


The author must have added all these romantic tension just to enhance the romance, but truly speaking it did nothing other than slowing down the book. What could have done in 50 pages, the author took 150 pages to write down the same thing, what a waste of 100 pages. If it were only a romantic book I would have praise all that romantic moments, but as the book is dystopian, based on complete different subject, I felt the romantic drama was too much for this story.

Why I'm Rating it Four Stars

Other than that Incarnate was flawless. In the end all the answers to Ana’s question was solved in very satisfying way. We were given only one climax in the end and which was terrifying. The last few chapters of this book were breathtaking that you will be compelled to read and bite you nails off. I liked the idea of dragon attack and sylphs, a good mixture of modern technologies with mythological creatures and old belief of reincarnation. I liked Incarnate but I can’t say I’m in love with it. This book is pure 3.5 plus an extra 0.5 just only for the cover which is incredible.

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