Publication: January 28th, 2014
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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.
I CAN'T… I JUST CAN'T… THE AWESOMENESS IS OVERWHELMING!
The tears of joy won't stop!
Infinite takes place right after Ana gets the exile sentence so there's no gap. Long story short Ana wants to stop Janan from descending because shit will go down if he does. What type of shit you ask? I can't tell you 'cause it's a spoiler. Just know that it will get BAD if he descends. Ana and her friends go out of Heart to find allies and creates a plan. By "creates a plan" I mean she literally guesses and has no idea what she's doing BUT it works so whatevs.
"-We are your army.-"
- pg. 131 in ARC
Hey, if it works it works! I wouldn't have a better plan.
Let's start with Ana
Ana is still living with the prejudice of being a "new soul" (sadly) and takes it upon herself to save the babies who are currently new souls. She hasn't stopped her insecurities and it hurts her through out the book. She's easily breakable and it's difficult to read about it… my heart goes out to her.
Here gurl. Take my heart, it's bleeding for you.
Ana is brave, a leader, smart yet kind of dumb (I mean going after dragons? GIRL YOU CRAY CRAY) but then again being a leader is about taking risks for your team no matter how dumb it is. If your heart says it's the right thing to do then DO it. Through out the whole book I was cheering for her, she's such a likable character.
"The steam, his touch, his kiss: they made me light-headed and giddy, in spite of everything that had happened not an hour ago. Safe in his arms, with only the sound of the shower running, I could forget about the outside world and the rest of our problems."
- Ana, pg. 13 in ARC
Moving on to Sam
Oh Sam, how I love you. You're so calm, collective, smart, brave, sympathetic, empathetic, patient, cute, and can play the piano like a mad man. Be mine?
In this book Sam has many obstacles he has to face that he's never done before. He used to live a safe harmless life and now that world is being turned upside-down. Even though his character should already be developed (he's 5k years old, how much more growing can someone do?) you see him change into a different person. Not knowing what the future holds can be a scary thing - especially if you've had a constant routine for 5k years - so reading about Sam and his friends going through emotions they've never done before was surreal.
"Even when we think something's an unwise idea, that doesn't mean we've stopped believing in you. I will never stop believing in you. What I said about believing you can do anything, be anything - I still think that. I still admire that you don't let others' limitations stop you. I love that about you. I love you."
- Sam, pg. 241 in ARC
The reason why I almost tackled the person who had this ARC is because the plot was just SO original. It has everything I want in a book: dragons, new creatures I've never heard of, romance, adventure, no love triangle (thank the LORD), characters I can relate with, exciting plot… the list goes on and on. Nothing felt slow, the writing was fantastic (nice editor Jodi *thumbs up*), there were twists and turns - some I DIDN'T LIKE 'CAUSE IT MADE ME TEAR UP!
You know it's a good story when you feel like crying for a character.
I was engaged the whole book. All around I give this a 5/5 stars and I can't wait to see what other books Jodi has up her sleeves. I want to thank the person who gave me this ARC… it's the best holiday present EVERZ. And now, I leave you with one of my favorite scenes:
"Ana?" Sam rasped. "What are you doing?"
"I'm choosing you."
"Wait, think about this."
"I am." I forced a smile as I knelt. "And I'm choosing life. I'm choosing you."