Review: ASUNDER by Jodi Meadows

by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format Acquired: Paperback
Source: Fully Booked
Published January 29th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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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.

Holy mother of books! I enjoyed reading Incarnate but Asunder took my breath away! Way back to Incarnate, we met our heroin, Ana and her hero, Sam. We followed them throughout their journey, music lessons, and how Ana made new friends despite of being the only Newsoul. She later on discovered about her mysterious birth, a secret that Menehem, her father did before she was born. During the Templedark that Menehem created, Ana discovered that more Newsouls will be born soon, replacing the darksouls, or those who died during Templedark.

In Asunder, the relationship of Ana and Sam grew stronger and deeper. You will definitely savour every moment of the two of them. Even there are some confusions for Ana about the way she really feels, Dossam patiently waited for her to understand what she truly feels about him, and what their relationship is for her.

“It was our relationship, so what other people thought shouldn't matter.” 
Jodi Meadows once again captivated me in her writing. Ana never looked pathetic in any part of the book. She became braver than she was before. She wanted to prove that she can do what the oldsouls can do, and that she will do whatever she can to protect the newsouls and not give them the same childhood she suffered under her birth mother, Li. This will be made possible with the help of Sam and their friends who believes in her and trusted her with all their heart. There were times when she felt like giving up but her friends gave her hope. Asunder also gave answers to the questions that Incarnate left behind. Also, a lot more about Heart was explained, about the reincarnation, the sylph, the temple, and Janan.

“Just accept it, Ana. You can't stop your friends from loving you. You can't stop Sam from feeling the way he does. You know I admire that you question things, but this - this doesn't have to be one of them.” 
And Dossam. Sam. Reading his name is like listening to music. Spelling out his name is like reading notes from a musical composition. Asunder made me fall inlove with him even more. Every girl who feels alone need a guy like Sam. Ana is very lucky to have Sam by her side. Sam supports her in every way he can to make her strong and for her to believe in herself and what she can do. Sam deserves to be in a Swoon Worthy Saturday post!

Asunder really took my breath away. There is so much more to discover in Range and in Heart. I just feel sad one of my favorite characters need to leave physically, but I understand why he needed to go. Yes, he. Anyway, the cover justified the story. Even though I liked the cover of Incarnate more, this cover still gave me covergasm! I received an ARC of the next and last book in the series, Infinite and the cover is just so awesome and lovely! I can't wait to read it. I just hope that the title means infinite love between Ana and Dossam. :)


Jodi Meadows

Like many writers, I’ve always wanted to do this professionally. You know, after I decided against being an astronaut.

Unlike many writers, I didn’t skip straight from picture books to adult novels. I have fond memories of going to Bookstop every month for the latest Baby-Sitters Club (which I kept reading, even after I realized they were never going to let the paranormal elements be real), and even fonder memories of hanging out in my middle school library. The librarians probably knew exactly what they were doing when they suggested book after book and discussed them with me at length. I, of course, had no clue they were turning me into a book addict, but it worked out for the best. Once I found the books where magic and other fantastic elements were real, I was hooked.

When I was twenty, I met a boy, moved 1,500 miles, and married him all within six months. I now realize that was crazy and dangerous, but it seemed natural at the time and, again, worked out for the best. Not only did we stay madly in love, he worked full time at a hard job so I could stay home to write books and, hopefully, one day get published.

The other crazy thing we did was fall in love with ferrets. They have their own bedroom.

My hobbies, aside from spending all my money on books and Kippy/ferret treats, revolve around yarn. I love crocheting, knitting, and spinning. In addition to several handspindles, I share my living room with a spinning wheel named Bob.

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“What a powerful feeling, love, able to withstand time and distance and disagreements. No wonder I wanted it so badly.” 


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