Thursday, April 18, 2013

Asunder by Jodi Meadows [Joint Review!]

Asunder (Newsoul, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: January 29, 2013
Hardcover: 406 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:

1. What did you like about Asunder? 
Julia: I love that this is a new idea in Young Adult- at least for me. I think the feel and atmosphere of the book is great. Tons of souls that have known each other for thousands of years and keep building on their relationships? I like that. It is a unique read. There is something refreshing about it. (I'm hoping there isn't some reincarnation book that I loved that I can't remember a lick of...) 
Shannon: I agree!  The series' strength in definitely in its originality.  I haven't read anything similar to it, which is hard to do with such a saturated YA market.  And I like the idea of newsouls vs. old souls and what does that mean exactly. 

2. What did you dislike about Asunder? 
Julia: I didn't like that there are a lot of plot holes. I don't like that nothing ever gets accomplished. I hate that Sam has all these past relationships with people that aren't really explored. I don't like that this book didn't make me *feel* anything. I mean, it is a satisfying read, but that's about it.
Shannon: Nothing really happens!  A lot of the set up that happens in the first book, Incarnate, continues on in Asunder.  The problem with this is you feel like everyone is just spinning their wheels and Asunder becomes a placeholder second book.  I got tired of the anti-newsoul agenda and everyone's lack of response to it. 
3. Do you understand what is going on with the temple? 
Julia: Not really. I mean, I get what there is to get... but... the temple is living? There are other temples? What? I hope they explain in the next book about what Cris/Stef/Ana find in the temple. Like how did that whole scenario make it so that Janana is what he is? How do you spell that? haha.
Shannon: No fricken clue!  I don't know what it is, but I cannot wrap my head around it.  I'm reminded of when I read Wicked by Gregory Maguire and there is that big clock?  And things...happen with...the clock?  I was so confused by it.  And I'm confused by this temple business.  I don't know.  But it makes my brain hurt.  
4. The Romance? 
Julia: What romance? I love the relationship between Sam and Ana, but there isn't really any sexual tension or spark. You really wouldn't know that they are into each other if there wasn't mention of hand holding and occasional kissy face. I do love Sam though, he's such a heartbreaker. I was a little frustrated with the author when they were *finally* going to get somewhere and Sam pulls this - WAIT! I'm 5000 years older than you though? Vampires never have that problem when they're dating fresh meat!
Shannon: Fresh meat, hahahahahaha!   Yes, this was a problem I had in the first book with them too.  It was so stilted.  I give Meadows props for at least addressing the issue, but at some point....let's just get on already.  I did laugh when Sam talks about his past...experiences and how he didn't want to scare Ana off because she didn't really know what she was getting herself into.  Sam.  SOMEONE needs to have The Talk with her.  Just sayin'.    
5. How did you feel about Asunder overall? 
Julia: I was entertained, but had to skim the last half of the book. The ending is pretty good, I'm looking forward to the third in the series. Just wish there was less running around and more getting accomplished. 
Shannon: Overall, I liked it, but I did get a little bored with it.  No, not bored exactly.  More like I was easily distracted away from it.  Some things were presented as these big deals, but when you found out the truth behind it, you were like "um, yeah, I guessed that 50 pages ago".  The whole campaigning for newsoul rights didn't interest me much.  I wanted more templedark, more dragons...less playing instruments, and council meetings.  I'm pretty excited where Asunder ended though because maybe, finally, we will see more of the world and get the heck out of Heart. 
6. How do you feel about the Newsoul series overall? 
Julia: Not a series I would run out and purchase so I could have the books on my shelf, but I won't miss the next installment from the library or a friend :) And the covers are beautiful!
Shannon: Overall, I think this is an incredibly inventive series.  It doesn't grab my attention in the ways other series have, but I am excited to see how the series concludes.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Incarnate
2. Asunder



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