Friday, February 10, 2012

Have You Read INCARNATE?

If you haven't read INCARNATE, by Jodi Meadows, you'll want to find a copy. I won mine by participating in the treasure hunt that I mentioned in my last post. This story kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, and then, as soon as I had a moment to myself the next day, I picked it up to read the ending all over again. I wish I had the sequel, not that she leaves you hanging. She doesn't. I just wanted more. Some things, they make you happy, you know?

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)

There are so many things I loved about this book, but explaining them would spoil it. For instance, page 104 is so perfect that I read it three times, but it's only perfect because the previous pages led up to it. I loved the personality quirks of the characters, but there again, you'll want to discover those on your own. I will tell you that music is important. My favorite line (a response to X telling Y not to die): "And leave you alone with my piano? Not a chance." There isn't an emoticon to convey how that line made me feel, but maybe your favorite line will be different.

The premise: Ana is born into a world of people whose souls are reincarnated. Everyone remembers their past lives, everyone but Ana. She's new. She's replaced one of the the old souls. And you can see how it would follow that logically it might be frightening for the others to realize they could cease to exist. There might be some resentment. Some fear. But there might be others who will accept her for who she is.

And there might be a lot of scenes that center around playing a piano. :o)

Did I mention that there's a blurb from Robin McKinley on the back of the book? *sigh* "INCARNATE has an eerie and intriguing premise and I am looking forward to seeing where Jodi Meadows takes it next."

Yeah. What she said.

On a more personal note, my hand is NOT broken. I'm typing and playing the piano again, and I wanted to share a piece that I'm working on. No, I'm not inflicting my playing on you, but Mitsuko Uchida's version of Mozart's Sonata in A Major, K. 331 is lovely. The bit in my lesson book is only the beginning of this, but even that little bit is uplifting, peaceful and energizing at the same time. I love playing it.

Are there any books or songs that just make you feel happy? If so, please share in the comments! :o)



  1. Glad your hand is getting better. I've heard great things about Incarnate but not read it yet. It sounds so unique. Thanks for the review.

  2. Myrna, I'm happy to hear your hand isn't broken and you can do the things you love.

    There are many books that make me happy, but the poetic writing in THE UNDERNEATH swept me away.

  3. Yikes. That cover looks kinda creepy. Which will probably help make this book a great hit!

    Glad your hand isn't broken. That is an awful condition for a writer...


  4. Argh! The library still hasn't ordered INCARNATE. I'll have to check again in another couple of weeks.

    So glad your hand isn't broken! And I'm still so impressed that you're pursuing your dream of learning to play the piano. Next time you come over, you'll have to play me something:)

    I love older, jazzier songs, the sort of stuff that was popular in the 1940s. That kind of music always makes me smile.

  5. Yay! So glad you liked INCARNATE! I ADORED it!

  6. This sounds great! I will have to check it out and add it to my GINORMOUS reading pile. And the song made me feel all relaxed and happy. Maybe I'll learn that in my spare time, ha ha.

    Clair de Lune makes me very happy.

  7. I should get this one? Thinking yes! Always room for more on my TBR pile. Thanks Myrna!

  8. I just listened to the theme song for Downton Abbey and it made me happy and tingly. :) I'm proud of you for learning the piano! Keep up the good work.

  9. Hey Myrna- thanks for the book review- I think we have similar taste so I'll look for this one. And I'm so glad your hand isn't broken! Speedy recovery to you!

  10. An endorsement from Robin McKinley - okay, I'm totally sold. I love books that find a way to weave in music too (I've actually discovered some new groups/songs from books!)

  11. sounds like a super book!

    I'm glad your hand isn't broken. :)

    Have a super week!

  12. Thanks for the background music while I type. :-) Sounds like a great debut novel. Added it to my list . . . egad, I'll need a year on a desert island to get to them all.

    Badly Drawn Boy's THE SHINING always makes me smile. And sometimes cry. And sometimes both at the same time.