Feb 11, 2013

Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Title: Asunder
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: January 29, 2013
Pages/Format: 416, ARC

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.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Good

Asunder bummed me out just a little bit, for it wasn't as good as the first book in the series, Incarnate. I feel like it's missing something, but it's that something that you don't know how to classify. (Also, I made the huge mistake of not writing this review right after reading the book, so my mind is coming up completely blank.) While Asunder wasn't great, it wasn't bad, and I'm still in like with this series.

I like the concept of this series. Everyone is a soul that's been reincarnated over and over for five thousand years--that is, until Ana shows up, and she's a newsoul. (Or as some call her, a nosoul, someone who doesn't even have a soul.) In the first book, Incarnate, she kind of made a life for herself, found a place in the world, even if she was unwelcome to others. Now, after Templedark and the loss of souls forever, people are even more rude to Ana, blaming her for things she cannot and does not control. Weird things start to happen, some of which include Sylph. (SPOILER) And then, when another newsoul is born, things take a turn for the worst. Murders are attempted, and Heart is a mess. 

Besides the drama and craziness, there's more sexual tension. (Not saying that's a bad thing.) I just want a little more kissing--I really like Sam, and him and Ana are just so cute together. More kissing, please! But of course it's not that simple, and their relationship hits some bumpy roads. Like I felt in Incarnate as well, there was some confusion, as in I didn't always understand what was going on and how some things worked. However, a lot happened in this book--it's a quick read and fast-paced, but in a way that pretty much works. I like the main characters, even if some of them got in the way of making things happen. I think the world is interesting--it seems like a contemporary world in parts, but with things like dragons and unicorns and phoenixes, all of which I want to see much more of. And Jodi Meadows is a really good writer--I like her attention to detail, and for the most part it didn't ever bother me. (Good writing is good!)

In the end, while Asunder didn't match up to its predecessor, it was still good. I very much look forward to the final book in the trilogy--I want to know what's going to happen, especially with how things ended. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how pretty this book is? The cover, front of the hardback, the chapter headings--I just want to pet the pretty. Overall, an okay book I liked but was just missing something.

Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? Not quite.
Would I reread it? Maybe.
Would I purchase it? Probably.
Would I recommend it? Yes.


  1. These covers are so GORGEOUS! I finally got Incarnate, so I plan to read it soon, then onto this one! Glad you liked it! :D

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