Monday, February 4, 2013

Asunder (Newsoul, #2) by Jodi Meadows

Asunder (Newsoul, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Asunder by Jodi Meadows

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 Incarnate 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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Asunder.. holy moly! But I was bored. It’s taken me three, four (?) days to get my act together and get my thoughts on this one down. And I’m drawing a blank, so I’m trying to remember what I liked in the first one that had me hand-shaking-excited to finally get this sequel. And I recall, thinking it different wit its idea of souls and groups and people all so familiar with each other and reactions to the different. Sure the romance was present (when is ever not?), but I think (and I’m not a hundred percent here) I thought not badly done either, as for the most part, Ana was doing what she had to do. It’s her world that was stand out for me though taking this and that and smooshing them together in this world of deities, reincarnations, unknown enemies and baddies of the basic kind.

I liked all that…  yet, now I’m hard pressed to name one thing that’s wowed me in this one:

Ana and Sam, theirs a love so strong… yet it bored me. Her doubts about being enough; his doubts about doing the right thing; and everyone else weighing in on them being who they were for each other: I was bored. I might have liked the role the others played and the mess that was bound to follow but frankly… I was never fully engaged in any of it. Then when all the “scary” started to happen, one would think, ‘At last.. something exciting.” sadly, no… still bored here. Or when new people (not so new really, considering who they are) come into the picture, and you  think maybe just maybe something new is coming. Well.. still no. I just wished there was more of the mystery of who ANA was and what she was to do.

And when my wish is fulfilled.. lo! I’m still unimpressed. She read too gody-goody for me. Thee’s just not enough contrast in her for me to root for. The extent of her ‘problems’ felt superficial.. and when it wasn’t that, her reactions felt too pat. See a problem, feel the need to make it right. Not bad a reaction, over all… but there’s something lacking in her (them?) to have me excited over her decisions or even have me over possible outcomes.

Now then ending though, there was more conflict in that that anywhere else in the book. What do I mean?  For the whole book, we know who the bad guy is and who the good guy is. It takes little to figure out, as they’ve each got a role to fill. X are good and Y are bad… and it’s all just play acting for the most part. But the ending, when there’s hurt of the emotional type, it’s that which has them being more what they were being for the most part.


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