14 October, 2016

REVIEW: ASUNDER by Jodi Meadows

Title: Asunder
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Library Physical copy
Pages: 406

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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 and the unknown. 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 this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Okay so I started the series awhile ago and I think I enjoyed it. The thing is it didn't stand out much for me but it was alright, definitely wanted to know more. So after holding the book from the library I finally just before return deadline talked myself into reading it.

THE WORLD: Same as in the first book. This world has a few million people who have souls and who reincarnate every time they die. The thing is, their memories stay. So all people are really very very old. But one day a new soul is born instead of an old one. Needless to say everybody hates the new soul, because well that is really just a human nature - hate what is new and unknown. So that is what this series deals with in the first book, the new soul adapting. In the second book the story of new soul continues but additionally more new souls are born. Yes, of course people hate them. To be honest, this world has super old people but their mentality is pretty much of an average pal who thought university is a waste of time. This rally annoys me, from somebody so old you would expect grand things like old civilizations and stuff, but nope. Anyways, additionally we also have magical creatures such as Slyth who burn you upon touch and dragons who try to destroy the main city. Frankly, in this book we also get to know a lot of history and how the city was created. I guess here we get a reason why people are so stupid and egoistic.

CHARACTERS: The main character, the new soul in this story is Ana. She was really abused as a child because the 'government' forced her 'mother' to rise her and when the mother hates her daughter and enjoys torturing her...yeah ya get the picture. But Ana is strong, frankly the only smart person, I guess an influence of being raised in isolation. But not much really happens in this book that I could call her development. She still loves music, she still plays and goes to lessons and she is still with Sam. Tho she does suddenly develop a connection to Slyth which did not seem logical to me, first they chase her and burn her and now they are her friends? What? Did I miss something? Next we have Sam, oh my God he is boring. Like the most boring character ever created. And of course there are some friends which at this point I don't even know if they are friends anymore. It's a little bit confusing.

LOVE: Obviously Ana and Sam. A forbidden love cliche. Really really not interested in their romance. I wish Ana would develop some feeling for somebody else just to give some spice to this romance.

PLUS: I like the history to be honest.

MINUS: I hate stupid people and dealing with stupid characters is really a problem for me. Also there were no dragons. Boooooo.

OVERALL: It was alright but it was rally missing a spark. I will be trying to talk myself into reading the final book this or next month but I would not invest in the series from the beginning again.


What did you think of ASUNDER?