Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2
Publication: January 29, 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Hardbound copy bought from Fully Booked; ARC Paperback copy sent by the publisher
Category: Romance, Fantasy
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.
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Honestly, my finished copy has been sitting on my shelf since the first week of February. I unfortunately unable to read it due to blog tours. However, the publisher sent me an ARC by surprise and since I wanted to finish all my review copies first, the time to read Asunder has arrived. Good thing though it took a while for me to read it because I was able to enjoy it thoroughly.
Ana is still being treated violently: people still curse at her and throw stones at her. She still isn't accepted by most people in Heart thinking that her existence alone is dangerous. Most especially after Templedark. People still blames her and assumes that she would recreate it. However, since Dossam is very willing to be with her and help her accomplish her research about Janan, sylph and newsouls, Ana doesn't want to stop proving that she's worth a shot. They still struggle so much but the world is changing drastically. She is no longer the only newsoul and sylph followers her.
True enough, Meadows proven that there is so much more in Asunder. I had some issues with Incarnate and when I interviewed her, she promised answers in the sequel. I loved Asunder! Not only the fabulous cover but the entire adventure I experienced reading it. The world building may have not changed at all but the existence of things in it made perfect sense. It is much stronger as opposed to Incarnate. I was expecting more dragons and what I would like to highlight is the truth behind sylphs, it just pinched my heart and I want to take them all home and take care of them no matter how painful their touch can be. The unraveling of the heartless reality behind Janan made the plot so much thrilling because it wasn't really what I expected. It was beyond what I expected. I also appreciated how the story grew with fantastic twists. Basically, my understanding for Asunder expanded and my hidden love for the series surfaced with such intensity I couldn't even handle.
The romance though surprised me. I didn't anticipate that there would be such twirl between Ana and Dossam. Which made me feel a little dubious about it. Cris and Stef reincarnated over and over, doesn't matter what gender, but the feelings they have is still intact? I find it a little odd. But I didn't doubt Dossam's feelings for Ana. At all. Though Ana's feelings were sometimes weird. I both love them though. Their relationship is an icon of true love despite hardships.
Asunder doesn't only flow with flowers, cute swirls, dragons and butterflies but it exudes love like no other. It announces true meaning of friendship and benevolence in amid of brokenness and loss. It is bitter sweet and the perfect sequel to Incarnate!
Thank you so much Sarah of HarperCollins for sending in an ARC!
"I've lived long enough to know there are things worth regretting, but there's nothing you can do to change the past. And yet, sometimes it works out anyway, in ways you don't expect."