Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Asunder (Newsoul #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Pages: 406
Source: Hardcover/Library

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.

Review: Overall, I thought this was a really good sequel to Incarnate. Though I did have things I liked and didn't like about it. Ok. So I'm gonna start with what I didn't like because it bugged me all throughout the book. Everyone still treated Ana like crap! Even after she tried saving so many peoples lives during Templedark they still treated her like crap just because it was her dads fault that the temple went dark. Even though she wasn't related to what he was doing besides being born in the only other time the temple went dark thanks to him. It was really disappointing! Only a few more people opened up to being friends with her. And then they started treating her even worse when more newsouls were born! It wasn't her freaking fault!!!!! UGH!!!! Can you guys tell it really bugs me that they still didn't make an effort to accept her?? 

Beyond that... I enjoyed the book for the most part. I was kinda sad that Ana kept doubting that she was capable of loving just because Li had told her she wasn't capable of it. I think she knew she had feelings and strong ones at that, but she didn't realize it much because she was told she couldn't. I'm glad she finally opened up to having feelings, but I'm just sad that it took her so long to realize she was capable of having them. I love how close Ana and Sam got! I seriously love these two together!!! Sam is just... Amazing to Ana! Despite the majority of the citizens of Heart still hating her, he didn't let it get to him. He was still right there by her side; supporting her, loving her! I'm so glad Ana has him in her life! I'm also glad that Ana opened herself up to him. It took time, especially with her issue of thinking she cant love, but she did it. I just loved seeing the growth in their relationship!

So all the research she found of her dads... I'm still not sure what to make of the stuff that he made to temporarily stop Janan and make the temple go dark. I really don't know what to think of that... The stuff with the Slyph though... I thought that was interesting. How we find out that they love music, that somehow it calms them or something. It was just so weird. It was even weirder that they listened to Ana when she told them to go away. I don't get why they love music or listened to Ana. Hopefully we find out a lot more about this in the next book. I also wasn't sure at all what to make of the stuff she was trying to stuff from the temple. It all just seemed so confusing with the symbols. I was pissed when the council told her she was no longer allowed in Heart after they got their hands on the stuff!!! They found out some of their own were plotting against Ana and doing horrible things, and those people were probably gonna do a lot worse with those books than Ana was just studying it. But yet she gets kicked out??? REALLY??????? Yeah I guess I'm happy that those people who plotted against Ana and the other Newsouls were taken care of, but Ana is pretty much harmless. All she ever tried to do was help anyone she could. But she gets thrown out just for having some of her dads research and temple books. I really hate the council! Ugh! On the brightside, Sam decides to go with Ana since she's forced to leave. He is such a fantastic guy to her! 

Now Cris, I wanted to bring him up last. I thought he was such a cool guy throughout the book. He became a great friend to Ana. But wow... His sacrifice at the end of the book... That was just amazing. He sacrificed himself to save Ana and Stef... And got cursed for doing it apparently. I think that was him who was the slyph outside the temple right? That's how I understood that whole thing. So if slyphs are people that have been cursed.... Oh man... This just opens up another huge can of worms... And that means Cris is one now!!!!! I just cant even wrap my head around this one. I really cant! 

4 Stars!

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