2012, Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Book 1 of Newsoul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
The Good: Sam is an amazing character and sort of made Incarnate for me. He seems like one of the very few characters that is actively taking advantage of the possibilities reincarnation brings. I loved the way the novel approached weddings in particular, although the practices of the world in general were definitely interesting.
The Bad: Ana's mother is awful and it gives Ana this complex. While it's totally understandable, it's also super annoying. Trying to root for a character when they have absolutely no self-worth is difficult. It also makes it rather hard to understand why any other character would be interested in her, when she needs constant reassurance and even that doesn't convince her of her worth as a person. I also wasn't completely sold on the need of dragons or things of that nature in the book.