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EDIT 12/20/12: I didn't even realize this was an audiobook until I found it on a playaway website. After hunting down the audiobook in physical form (the only other format the audiobook exists in is MP3 X_X), I devoured the audiobook in 2 days. This story is SO SO SO much better in audio form. Katherine Taub, the narrator, is perfect as Ana and various characters. Also, her voice for Li is perfect, a snide, yet whiny voice. If you can, pick this audio delight up! So worth it :)
Holy fucking shit (pardon my language), this book was amazing! Amazing I tell you, amazing! I would shout it from the rooftops if I could. No, really. I was scared sh**less as I started this book, because I had been hyper-excited for it, waiting on my heels excited. Thankfully, Incarnate fully exceeded my expectations and more. I love love love this concept, it is totally unique in YA right now. I also love how it's a blend of different genres, and they're well blended too. I loved Ana's journey into Heart, learning more about herself, and learning the implications of various actions. There were epic twists and turns, mixed with some subtle social commentary as well as going deep into the idea of reincarnation. One of the things I liked about the world was that is sort of mirrored our history, from the beginning up until now, only with some differences. Plus that ending threw me for an epic loop, and I can NOT wait for the second book. Dammit why is it not here yet. *Puts on pouty face*
Ana rocked. She was a perfect protagonist for this book. She was naive enough to learn, grow and develop throughout the novel, but shrewd and strong enough to take care of some shiz on her own, especially at the end. I love her development, and was rooting for her to succeed, and to flourish in the city of Heart. Plus she loved music, which made me like her even more :) Sam, the love interest/guide of the world was wonderful. He was smart, sweet, caring and loyal. Plus he was sexy as hell and would have done anything for Ana. Yup, can you guess that he's been added to my fictional character crush list? I also adored Stef. Stef was funny and made of awesome. She was a perfect best friend for Sam, as well as Ana. Li, Ana's mother, made me want to punch a wall. Damn, she was a horrifying human being. I was literally disgusted every time she appeared. I mean you could see how badly she terrorized Ana every time Ana mentioned her. Ugh, she was horrible. The other characters were wonderful, each having personality and vibrancy.
Damn Jodi Meadows, are you made of talent? No seriously, are you? I adore your writing style! It was excellent. I also love how you built your world, and how unique it was. I haven't read a book so wholly unique in a while. You wrote such an amazing book, and I have nothing book good things to say about you and this book/series. I can not wait for book 2 to come out!!!!