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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows' debut Incarnate was one of my favorite releases last year. So the countdown to Asunder's release was long and torturous.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: DARKSOULS 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. SHADOWS 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. LOVE 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.

What I Liked: 1) Ana - I loved how Ana has changed and grown from Incarnate to Asunder. I liked her from the beginning, but the character growth that Jodi Meadows added in Asunder made her even better. Instead of acting apologetic about her very presence, she starts to stand up for herself and her right to be there. Her strength made her a very likeable character. 2) Sam. I still love Sam, though his life is infinitely more complicated than I could have imagined in Incarnate. You learn a lot more about Sam and his past, especially his relationships in Asunder. It helped me to get to know him better, and understand a little more about who he was and who the people around him were to him. 3) The action. There were some pretty big battles in Incarnate, but there was a lot more action and mystery in Asunder. Especially amongst the citizens of Heart. Instead of being attacked by outside forces, the citizens were turning on each other and creating the underlying conflicts. This added a new dimension to the story, a fissure in the community that at first only thought they had one enemy. 4) Probably the best thing about this story was the addition of more Newsouls. I can't wait to see where this goes in the upcoming book. This is really what is tearing the community apart but I can already see how a new society is forming. This is one of the most exciting things to happen in Asunder.

What I Didn't Like: This book was a little...jumpy. We bounced around between settings and events pretty quickly, and it left my head spinning a few times. Not a big complaint, but it didn't flow quite as smoothly as Incarnate did.

Overall Thoughts: Asunder is a great follow-up to Incarnate. The character growth was perfect, and the plot advanced without feeling like the story paused. No second book conundrum here! Adding some more Newsouls to the scene added a whole new story arc and gave Ana something more to fight for - it wasn't just her place in the world she was fighting for. Asunder sets us up for another great novel, and the countdown for book 3 is on!

My Rating: 4 shots

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you - seeing Ana become more confident and learning more about Sam made this book great. Sam can never have too much page time :) Great review!


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