Friday, April 11, 2014

Infinite by Jodi Meadows [Review]

Infinite (Newsoul, #3)3 out of 5 Robots!

Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Series: New Soul #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: January 28, 2014
Hardcover: 418 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:

1. What was your favorite part?  Least favorite part?
Julia: My favorite part, and the only part that didn't bore me, were the dragons... I loved the talking dragons. The least favorite part of mine is the entirety of the book! It is incredibly boring. 

Shannon: The dragons were my favorite part too.  I liked the neat trick Meadows did to show their speech.  They definitely spiced up the story a bit.  My least favorite part was...the long passages of exposition.  My attention waned big time. 

2. Did you understand what was going on?
Julia: Yes and no. I knew what was happening and I wasn't confused, but it still didn't make any sense. I don't know, the whole book had my eyes rolling.

Shannon:  Uhhhh....not really?  Like, I wasn't confused about the events taking place, but I could not wrap my head around the concepts very well, especially where Janan was concerned.  Which was a shame, but they sure talked about it...a lot.

3. How did you feel about the end?  Were you satisfied?
Julia: I don't have much to say about this one. The ending of it is satisfactory and resolved any lingering questions from the series...

Shannon:  I actually really liked the ending.  It felt appropriate. I'm not sure there was really any other way they could end it, so I was pretty satisfied.

4. How did this book fit into the rest of the series
Julia: The atmosphere felt much like the previous two books, which is a plus. I loved the ethereal feel of it. But why do the characters talk this over so much? 

Shannon: I agree that this book fits into the series very well.  It felt like one continuous book, which I really like.  Not every series can pull that off.  But this was probably also my least favorite book of the series.  I can't quite put my finger on it.  But I was bored.  There wasn't enough going on and I was confused about some concepts.  There was too much talking.  I just got lost in all of it.  And then lost my interest.  But as I mentioned, I did like the ending and was left satisfied by that, so at least it ended on a high note.

5. What do you think about the series as a whole?
Julia: The first book is okay, the second book is entertaining and the third was a waste of time.

Shannon: This series is unlike anything I have read.  It is very inventive and does have a lovely ethereal quality to it, as Julia mentioned.  But I'm not sure where I stand on the series on the whole.  I liked the first book quite a bit.  The second was pretty decent, but this third one floundered a bit.  So looking back on the whole series, I notice that the focus becomes less on the things I like and more on the things I don't care about.  And while this series isn't too heady per se, there are some concepts I just didn't connect with at all. 

6. Who would you recommend this to?
Julia: Honestly, I don't think I would recommend this book.

Shannon: I think there are certain people out there that would really enjoy this book (and series).  People that like inventive and philosophical fantasy books. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Incarnate
2. Asunder
2.5. Phoenix Overature
3. Infinite

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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