Incarnate by Jodi Meadows was a compelling read. My fleeting initial reaction to Ana, a new soul born after thousands of years of reincarnation, was Cinderella. Li, Ana’s mother, reminded me too much of Cinderella’s evil stepmother. The only redeeming factor about her was that she didn’t starve Ana to death, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. There seemed a large theme of black and whiteness insofar as good and evil, which I was not fond of.
The farther I got, however, the more intriguing this world became. This story lends an interesting new outlook to the idea of reincarnation and deals with the hardships of facing both exciting fantastical danger and all too real discrimination. Ana is a strong girl who refuses to let others take charge of her fate, which is one of the things I look for most in books for teenagers. I was wary of the romance at first, but it was well done. There was enough fluffiness to satisfy readers of romance novels but it was realistic enough to satisfy me. The time it took time to develop made it heartfelt and believable.
I enjoyed reading Incarnate. I'd recommend this book to those who like light fantasy adventure and romance.