March 28, 2015

Book Review: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Newsoul #3
Published January 28th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.
With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.
1 - Incarnate

*this review might have spoilers, don't read unless you've read the previous books*

Finally I read Infinite, the final book from the Newsoul series. I've enjoyed this series a lot, Ana is a newsoul and she sees things different from the oldsouls, things that are so obvious to us are wrong and unknown for the oldsoulds.

In this book, Ana is finally actively looking for answers to stop reincarnation. It's a long and dangerous trips, but she's with friends and Sam. Sometimes these chapters were too long for me, specially because it seemed like Ana could do anything but at the same time feel so bad every time one of her friends mistreated her. I kind of hated her friends and Sam sometimes because they were just to 'oldsouls'...they were mean and really childish and I wished Ana would have ditched them. They weren't obliged to be with her and didn't help her much.

The story has many turns and lots of actions. I loved to read about dragons (because I love dragons) and the sylphs.

I liked it but honestly I didn't understand a lot of the ending with Janan. It seemed like so easy or simple, it wasn't what I was expecting. There were so many things untold. But I can't tell you more because I will spoil you and there are somethings you should discover yourself!

Overall, the Newsoul series is a great YA fantasy saga. It has a very different story from every other books I've read. Infinite is a good ending, it will surprise you.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

March 25, 2015

WoW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Waiting on Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

March 19, 2015

Novella Review: Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows
New Soul #2.5
Published September 3rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.

Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history of Heart, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the romantic, captivating fantasy of the Incarnate series.

In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?
2 - Asunder

*this review might have spoilers, don't read unless you've read the previous books*

Phoenix Overture is a short novella where you can read more about Sam's first life, how he discovered music and how Janan convinced all of them to join him for immortality. It's very quick to read, sometimes I thought everything was happening too fast to sound believable, but it was nice to meet this Sam, who is very different from the Sam we know in the books. He's very insecure, there are reasons for him to be that way, but also loves music.

Not only Sam, but other characters from the books are also present and you can get a glimpse on their previous life. I was specially interested in what made them choose immortality and this novella answered some of my questions.

More about this novella at GoodreadsAmazon.
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