Book Review: Asunder

Asunder CoverBook: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Published January 2013 by HarperCollins Teens|Pages: 416

Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Newsoul #2

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

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Goodreads Summary: 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.


Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes. 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.


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.

In the second book of Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. asunder explores the beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

OH MY GOD, I FREAKING LOVED ASUNDER!  I have no freaking idea why it took me a while to read Asunder, but I’m glad I finally did, because I totally, absolutely loved it!

We see a lot of the fall-out from what happened in Incarnate, and we learn the truth of why everyone except Ana is reincarnated.  I wasn’t expecting that at all, but it makes things really interesting!  I don’t blame Ana for wanting to do something, especially with the birth of 2 newsouls!  I’m glad she wants to make things better for them, even though things were (and still are) hard for her.

We learn a lot more about Heart and the Sylph and I liked seeing Ana come to terms with what she’s learned and what it could mean for everyone in Heart.  There were things I was not expecting, and I can’t wait to see how things turn out because Meadows did a great job at wrapping things up from Incarnate while setting things up for Infinite.  And what makes Asunder even more awesome is that it felt like its own story, and not just a placeholder between the first and last book!

I just want Ana to be happy so very much, and I so want people to be nice to her!  I get why some people aren’t, especially given events that happen in Asunder.  With people in the market giving speeches about Ana and the Council finding out about things that Ana never told them…I can’t say I’m surprised that Ana is expelled from Heart or that Sam is going with her.  I get why Ana doesn’t tell the Council the whole truth about Menehem’s research, but it does make her look a little suspicious.

Ana and Sam’s relationship: I love them together!  It feels very genuine, and I like that there are certain obstacles to their relationship.  They really are adorable together, and I like that their relationship unfolds so naturally.  I also like the friendships that Ana has with some of the people of Heart, and how some people aren’t always what they seem.

Speaking of Heart, and Ana leaving Heart…we finally get to see the world beyond Heart in Infinite.  We don’t hear a lot about the world beyond Heart, and it’s sort of sad that it takes Ana leaving Heart to see this world.

Final Thoughts:

I love, love, love the cover!  And I just loved Asunder.  There’s something magical about this world, and I love Ana, who has such a good heart.  I can’t wait for Infinite to come out, because I’m so invested in Ana’s story, and how it’s up to her to save Heart.  Asunder gets 5 stars.


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