Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review - Asunder (Newsoul 02) by Jodi Meadows

Title and Author: Asunder (Newsoul 02) by Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
Paperback/Hardcover: 406
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Find it at: Goodreads / Bookdepository

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.
After having read Incarnate and enjoying it I had to read Asunder. I was curious and wanted to know what would happen to Ana and Sam and everyone else.
As a newsoul Ana is different from everyone else in Heart and not everyone accepts her. Add this to the fact that sylph start to behave differently toward her and that some things are changing in the city and is no wonder there are some people who want to see Ana hurt if not dead.
The main characters from Incarnate are back and some of them, like Ana, are still growing and changing. She’s determined to change the course of things, to show people that only because she’s different it doesn’t mean she’s less than they are, to face down her own fears. She takes action in this book and tries to unravel some mysteries instead of just wondering about them, which I really enjoyed.
Sam is still very sweet and supportive of Ana. He’s not always completely sure his decisions are the right ones and struggles with it sometimes. It is obvious Sam loves Ana and would do anything to protect her but, thankfully, he never tries to stop her from searching for the answers she needs.
There are some sweet and romantic moments between Ana and Sam. There are also some tense moments and conflict between them, which I think was great because no relationship is perfect and you can’t always agree with each other. 
In this book we get to see another side of some characters like Stef and are introduced to some new characters as well.
Plotwise, it moves along nicely and is very well-written. The world created by Jodi Meadows in Incarnate is very interesting and it’s explored in this book.
What I really enjoyed in this book is that we get to learn a little bit more not only about Ana but also about Sam and his past lives and also about Heart, Janan and the creatures that inhabit Range.  I had a lot of questions and some of them were answered in this book. Other I think will only be answered in book three but I really don’t mind the mystery and I enjoy the way it is being slowly revealed.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are good and the story interesting and well-written. I enjoyed the fact we get to understand a few things a little bit better in this book – like the sylph. There’s still a big mystery left to be unraveled and I can’t wait to know what will happen next.
If you enjoyed a good YA Paranormal story, go on and give this series a chance!

Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)


  1. Nice review! I agree with your opinion on this book. I really enjoyed the things we got to learn about Sam and Janan in this novel. Even though the mystery revolving the reincarnation will certainly only be revealed in the third novel, I think it's nice that Meadows already shared some secrets with the readers. Furthermore I really like the tempo of this series, you may call me crazy, but I think that the Newsoul series has a tempo of its own. It's slow but not boring.

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

  2. Good to hear you enjoyed this one as well. :) I have to say these covers are eye catching and curious to me. :) Thank you!