Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

incarnateIncarnate by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #1
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books on January 31st 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

New soul

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.

No soul

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?

Heart

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.

Ana is a newsoul- or as she likes to call it nosoul-. She’s only been alive for 18 years whereas everyone else has been alive for thousands of years. Ana wasn’t supposed to be born, Ciana was. But, somehow Ciana was never reincarnated. But how?

Ana meets Sam who saved her from sylph (almost invisible supernatural creatures that burn you). Ana and Sam are traveling to Heart, where the majority of people live and where they are most protected from the dragons and slyph. No one likes Ana because she’s a newsoul and won’t let her live in Heart.

Dragons and slyph are always trying to attack everyone. Good thing is, if these people die, they will be reincarnated within the next couple years. Yes, they are dying, but they still come back in the future. But, something extreme happens and maybe that’s not the case. Can Ana figure out what’s going on?

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I’m so glad I finally picked this up! I have been hearing nothing but amazing things about this trilogy. Let’s not forget to mention the covers… Guys, these are HANDS DOWN my all time favorite covers. I can’t stop staring at them!

I was immediately drawn into the story as it began which was a good sign that I was going to really enjoy this book. Yes, it’s not my all time favorite. But, there were parts where it kind of dragged on. The plot twists were definitely unexpected! I don’t think at one point, I was able to figure out what was going on.

I absolutely loved the characters! They were so interesting. Each time your reincarnated, your not guaranteed the same gender. You could die a male and be born as a female. It was a little weird. But, it explains the unisex names. I’m sure a male wouldn’t want to be called Anabelle or something like that. Like imagine dying, coming back in the opposite sex, and remembering everything from past lives as well as how you died? You can actually remember how you died.. Definitely mind boggling.

There was hardly any romance, well kind of. It was one sided for a while.

I could vividly imagine what this world looked like by the end of the book. I’ll admit that in the beginning, it was a little hard at times, but I got the hang of it. I really liked seeing the dragons and slyphs from Ana’s perspective and how she described how they looked. I’m definitely glad I don’t live in this world, because those creatures are scary as heck and what they are able to do.

The symbolize of the butterfly!!!! I wonder how the next book is going to correlate to the flower wings type thing…. :)

I’m really excited to pick up the next book!

favorite quotes

“There’s always the option of deciding for yourself who you are and what you’ll become.”– Jodi Meadows, Incarnate

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“Shaggy?” … “The horse? Creative name.”

“His full name is Not as Shaggy as His Father, but that’s a mouthful.” Sam’s grin turned into a grimace when he tried his coffee. — page 33

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“I’m not going to waste time being angry about things I can’t control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.” — page 39

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“What about me?” Stef mumbled. “No kiss for me?”

“Sorry, Stef. I’ll hold your hand, though.” –page 265

Bookish Confessions (#5): Becoming Self-Hosted

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Yeah I know your thinking, “Brianna, you just posted one of these!” Well, I don’t have a S.t.S. post for you today and I still wanted to post something.

So self-hosted… If you haven’t already guessed I’m not self-hosted. At least not yet.

Hopefully in mid-May, early June I’ll be transitioning to self-hosted. As I’ve mentioned before, I have absolutely NO clue what the heck I’m doing. Yes, I check Ashley @ Nose Graze constantly. Her posts are VERY helpful!

But, I need to know-How much does it cost to start off as self-hosted?

I don’t own my website or anything yet. I don’t have a very good paying job where I can just throw out money like it’s nothing so I need to know kind of how much I’m spending when I transition and if it’s something I can do in a couple months.

How much did you guys spend (for those that have self-hosted) when you first transitioned? Do you still pay a lot of money to keep up with it?

I really want to have the benefits of being self-hosted.. But I really have NO CLUE where to start and I’d really like your guys’ help. :)

Sorry if you guys are getting annoyed with these posts… I’m annoyed to. ;)

 

Thanks guys!!! :D

Bookish Confessions (#4): the Paranormal Genre

bookish confessionsHey guys! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done one of these posts. I’ve had a couple ideas but as soon as I would get to write them (like now) the ideas just floated away. So, here I am with one that I just remembered. :) The rest will come in eventually… :)

So the paranormal genre…

I’ve been with this genre since Twilight. It’s hands down my all time favorite genre. Dystopian is VERY close after. But, I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s still my little vampire obsession, but I don’t know. Something about the paranormal genre just draws me in and sucks me in. I absolutely love it and I’ve only ran into maybe 2 books of the at least 100 paranormal books I’ve read, that weren’t my favorite. I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t love them either.

uninvitedA prime example of that is Uninvited by Amanda Marrone that I read back in October I believe. I really enjoyed the vampire aspect and how Amanda envisioned her way of a vampire. But, the characters weren’t doing it for me.

Another series I really enjoyed, but it wasn’t my favorite was the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schrieber. immortal heartsThat’s actually the last book in the series that’s pictured. But, I REALLY enjoyed how Ellen makes her vampires the typical vampire- afraid of garlic, live in a very Gothic type house, sleep in coffins, etc. Most people don’t enjoy this series and I kind of understand why. But it’s not what vampires are being pictured as today! When a lot of people today think of vampires, they think of Mr. Edward Cullen. Mr. Sparkly and Shiny. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a complete Twi-Hard fan. I really enjoy seeing different authors views on what they think vampires are!

Okay, obviously vampires are a big influence as to why I love the paranormal genre so much. But, I do really enjoy other supernatural creatures- ghosts, werewolves (read a couple books), Demons, etc. Maybe I watch too much Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, and things like those which maybe why I’m so drawn to the paranormal genre. I don’t even know if that makes sense or not. It does to me. :) But, anyway. You put me in front of a scary movie and I’ll flip out and kick and scream! But I can sit through Supernatural and American Horror Story?? Yeah, makes no sense to me either. I’m really interested into why I am like that.

But anyway, there’s just something about it that I love. Maybe it’s that whenever I’m driving home from work or something I think there might be something out there… When there’s really not. Because they don’t exist. Hope I’m not the only one that thinks that because I’ll feel really dumb.

white hot kissAnother paranormal aspect I’ve been really obsessing over is Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new series- the Dark Elements!! SERIOUSLY!? Gargoyles?! I have NEVER come across a YA book that is centered around GARGOYLES! I was a little nervous about reading it.. seriously, like gargoyles? When I think gargoyles, I think Hunchback of Notre Dame that sit on top of the Cathedral or whatever that was. Stone, creepy little beast things! Not these AWESOME Nephilim, sleek gargoyles! And to include demons!? Make that different classes of demons!? Hello, Supernatural! :) I was completely drawn to this world. Even weeks later after reading it, I’m still obsessed with the story and the world! Ohh, let’s not forget Bambi. ;) For those that have read White Hot Kiss will know what I’m talking about, those that haven’t don’t worry I won’t spoil it. :)

Anyway, there’s just something amazing that I love about the paranormal genre. Looking at my bookshelf that now has 15 individual shelves (3 bookshelves which each have 5 shelves in each), about 6-7 give or take are paranormal related books. 2 1/2 shelves contain just vampires. Obsessed much? Maybe. :)

 

ARC Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

the here and nowThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Series: N/A
Published by: Delacorte Press on April 8th 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: ARC from NetGalley

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My Rating: 2.5 stars

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

Twelve year old Prenna has immigrated to present day New York, but not from a different country. She came from the future in which mosquitoes carried an illness which killed almost everybody that came in contact with one. Now in present day, they are to follow strict rules- no relationships, no hospitals, anything that involves direct contact with people. They have to keep the secret of their generation.

Five years later, now seventeen years old, Prenna has to try and stop an event which will change the future. But, one of these events may or may not involve someone she has started to fall for-Ethan.

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I was honestly a little disappointed in this one. :( I didn’t however read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I did watch the movies. Which probably doesn’t help. But I loved the movies and I had a feeling I’d love the books even more. Maybe I just had too high of expectations for this book and it just wasn’t met. I also debated whether to give this a 3/5 stars or 2.5/5 stars, I had a hard time deciding.

I REALLY enjoyed the future and how the mosquitoes basically killed off everything. I found that interesting. I’m VERY VERY VERY allergic to mosquitoes… It’s bad. So to read about a world where mosquitoes are killing off everyone, well, hate to say it- but I’d be the first to die most likely. But I however, really enjoyed this aspect of the story!

I had a hard time keeping up with the times and pin-pointing who goes with what. I had a very difficult time connecting with all the characters, especially Prenna. I really tried to connect, but it just wasn’t happening for me. :(

I felt Ethan and Prenna’s relationship was a little… Strange to say the least. I felt it was somewhat insta-love like she woke up one day and was like “Oh, I think I love Ethan”. Ethan was a little touchy-feely and wanted to get into her pants… It was a little disturbing to me. I really tried to let it slide and try and understand, but I just couldn’t. It weirded me out, because to me it seemed like that’s all he cared about was getting in Prenna’s pants.

The synopsis doesn’t really explain really what goes on in the story, and to be truthful- I couldn’t really tell you either. The only thing I could give you, is the basics. The pure basics and nothing else. There was very little world development and character development. Which are 2 things I look for most in the book; whether I can understand the world and if I can connect with the characters and actually visualize everything that’s going on. (Put myself in their shoes and live what they are going through-to an extent.) This book definitely didn’t reach those. At some points I could, but it was very hard to understand what was going on.

I do however REALLY like how this is a stand-alone. There aren’t many stand-alones in Young Adult anymore so it was refreshing. There could be a possible second book, but it’s not necessary.

Waiting On Wednesday (#24): Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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salvageSalvage by Alexandra Duncan
Series: N/A
Publishing by: Greenwillow on April 1st 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 520

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Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

I’ve been hearing some good things about those that have recieved ARC copies of this book! I read These Broken Stars in December and absolutely loved it to pieces! I’m hoping to start the Across the Universe trilogy soon as well.

This book sounds really interesting and the cover is GORGEOUS!

Cover Reveal: Magic Unfolds by N.L. Greene

I’m very excited to announce the cover reveal for N.L. Greene’s second book in her Mystic Seeker’s series- Magic Unfolds! Magic Unfolds releases on April 8th, 2014 and is not that far away! So without further adieu, here is the amazing cover!

Magic Unfolds EBOOK

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Magic Unfolds

For the first time in her life, Becky had hopes of fulfilling her own dreams when Blaine Winters inexplicably arrived into her quiet life, teasing her with astounding possibilities she never thought imaginable.  Not only did he reveal that magic was indeed real, but he also stirred feelings in her that she had only read about in clichéd romance novels.  But just as quickly as he appeared, he was gone.  Then Becky’s life was turned upside down by a family emergency.  With the overwhelming demands of running an elite law firm as well as her ex becoming more of a threat each day, she didn’t have time for whimsical thoughts or personal exploration anyway.

Now that Blaine has mysteriously disappeared from her life, she can put her family first and focus on what she needs to do.  If only it were that easy.  Blaine may be gone and all of Becky’s little girl dreams of a world filled with magic with him, but that doesn’t mean all’s forgotten.  Nightmares are plaguing her, someone is watching her, and there are powers within her that she can’t seem to control.

Will Becky finally get her chance at magic after all, even if she doesn’t want it?

Magic Unfolds by N.L. Greene
Series: Mystic Seekers #2
Published by: Self Published on April 18th 2014
Genre: Magic, Mystery, New Adult

Pre-Order Magic Unfolds:

AMAZON, B&N, SMASHWORDS

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Magic Unfolds is available now for Pre-order on Barnes & Noble and I-tunes and is only 99 Cent until April 20th!!

And Illusions Begin will be 99 Cent from 3-25 to 4-20 as well.

About The Author:

20130810_115724Author N.L. Greene is a writer of YA and NA Contemporary and Paranormal Romances. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two beautiful daughters. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys traveling around the world with her family, shopping and doing other girly things with her girls, or playing video games with her husband. She is a lover of dogs, chocolate, and anything pink!

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Top Ten Tuesday: “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Tuesday: “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey’. —

Sorry guys, I pre-write my posts and this was actually next week’s post. Sorry about that! Next week you’ll get this week’s top 10. ;)

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This is in order of how much they have affected me.

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1. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer: Introduced me to the Young Adult genre and vampires. My obsession with this lasted until the last book. That doesn’t mean I don’t love Twilight anymore-because I do. It’s my all time favorite series and she’s my all time favorite author. No matter how good of any book, this series/author will always come first!

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2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: This trilogy introduced me to the dystopian genre. I love thinking about what the world could be like in the future, so this helped fuel my interest in it! Now, dystopia is one of my favorite genres to read!

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3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James: This trilogy introduced me to the adult contemporary romance. Yes, I do realize there is a lot of sex and weird stuff that goes on. I still really enjoyed this trilogy.

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4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I stopped reading after I finished the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy the summer before I started college (so 2 years ago). I picked up The Host last August (2013) because of the movie. Since The Host, I have been reading nonstop and I thank Stephenie Meyer again for bringing me back to reading. :)

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5. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo & 6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor: These 2 amazing books introduced me to the fantasy genre. Fantasy is a very BROAD term because pretty much any book could fall under fantasy. But, you know your in an actual fantasy book, when you can’t pronounce names! :) I VERY much enjoyed both of these books (both 5/5 stars) and I’m so glad I picked both of them up!

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7. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks: This introduced me to the contemporary side of Young Adult (as well as adult with Dear John). I was such a big fan of Miley Cyrus growing up, and when I heard she was going to be in The Last Song, I immediately went and got the book. I absolutely LOVE this book and even 5 years later (I think that’s how long it’s been, maybe longer) and I still remember pretty much everything that happened in this book! I absolutely love Nicholas Sparks’ writing!

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8. The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger: I read this book in one sitting. I read this in December and I still remember exactly what goes on in this book. I absolutely loved this book to pieces and is definitely one of my all time favorite books. I loved this story and the 2 main characters so very much!!!!

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9. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: I read this series when I believe Blood Promise was being released. So I read this series about 4 1/2 years ago. I don’t really remember much because I read books in between those and I was in high school, but I remember absolutely LOVING this series! It’s definitely one of my all time favorite series!!!

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10. Anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Guys, if you’ve been watching my posts, you’ll know how obsessed I am with her books. I’ve read 6 of her books so far! (Wait for You, Frigid, Bitter Sweet Love, White Hot Kiss, Obsidian, and Onyx). I’ve absolutely LOVED all the books to pieces. I am now to the point where I will read anything by her and I’ve made it my goal by the end of 2014, I will have read all her books up until this year!