In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

copyright date: January 2012
primarily marketed for: young adult (13 and up)

Ana is a newsoul.  She is born into a world where every other human body is inhabited by a soul that has lived thousands of years.  Ana’s community, a town called Heart, does not welcome her into their world.  To the rest of the population, Ana, or as they refer to her: a nosoul, represents fear of the unknown.  The timing of her birth coincided with the disappearance of a beloved soul named Cienna.  The rest of the souls fear her birth means the beginning of a series of “replacements,” and they hold it against Ana.

Ana ends up spending approximately the first 18 years of her life in a cottage outside of the village with her abusive and controlling mother.  Her father fled Heart upon her birth. 

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows begins when Ana is ready to leave her mother’s home to travel back to Heart in search of answers.  She wants to know why she was born and to find her purpose. 

Ana’s quest for meaning in her life could easily have turned into a story simply about her inner personal growth as a newsoul.  And that would make for a great story.  However, Ana’s journey is much more dynamic than that.  Her story is filled with deception, attacks by magical creatures called sylphs, falling in love, learning to trust, music, dragon-slaying, dancing, enemies, and family secrets.  And it is all set in an whimsical town surrounded by stone walls that pulse as if they contain a heartbeat. 

Incarnate is the first in a trilogy of books that is sure to capture your imagination and sweep you away to the magical land of Heart.

1 comment:

  1. When I finished reading its preview and found out that my cousin is in their bookstore I asked her how good is the book, then she said it's perfectly great so I told her to buy the book for me. Then I found this blog, I have a feeling that it's really nice book, I'll read it later, after blogging.