Goodreads description: NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life
The cover is kind of a give way that the book was going to be amazing. It is SO pretty and once you start reading the story you realise just how much meaning the butterfly has.
Ana and Sam were fantastic characters. They were likeable and understandable and definitely some of my most favourite characters in a long time. Jodi Meadows does a great job of drawing sympathy for Ana, because she was unfortunate enough to get Li as a mother. The society frowns down upon her because she is a newsoul, meaning that while everybody around her has lived for thousands of years, this is her first life (being a newsoul is virtually unheard of). Some people think that she replaced a soul named Ciana and her mother is unwilling to give her any of her own possessions since they are unsure if she will ever be reincarnated.
I have never ever read a book like this before. The writing was extremely pretty, exactly like the cover. I loved the world Jodi Meadows created, it was completely believable.
There were a couple of big twists in the story that definitely bumped the rating up from 4.5 stars out of five. For a while I wasn’t convinced that the story wouldn’t go anywhere but luckily there was a great ending. Admittedly, the story was a tad slow at times but I found it to be a reasonable pacing.
All together this was a very sweet and pretty book. I recommend it to everyone, fans of dystopian and fantasy books will probably love this. As soon as I finish this review, I will probably go and begin the seqel Asunder, no doubt it will be as fantastic as this one. Highly, highly, highly recommend!
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