Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
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?"- summary from Amazon
It took me a bit of time to get into this book. I mean, it was interesting enough to keep me turning pages but it wasn't until Ana got to Heart that things really started to pick up. From there, secrets were revealed, amazing fight scenes happened, and there was a very interesting climax.
I liked Ana's journey through the book, as she leaves isolation and meets new people, and has to rewire her thinking because her Guardian Li has been filling her head with lies. Meadows did a good job slowly changing this throughout the book. Ana and Sam were really cute together and I loved their interactions, seeing them do the will-they-won't-they dance. I also really liked some of the other characters we meet in Heart, like Stef and Armande.
The world-building of Heart and the soul reincarnation was done really well, though there's still some questions left unanswered and I hope those are addressed in the next two books. The climax was big and unexpected and I simply can't wait to see where Meadows takes us next!
Don't forget to take part in the Incarnate Theatre Treasure Hunt, which is going on until February 6!
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