Review: Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows

April 24, 2013 3.5 stars, Book Review 5 ★★★½

Pabkin’s One Liner: Filled with love and romance that didn’t make me gag


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.

In Asunder, Ana’s story continues with life inside the city of Heart, a journey to her father’s research lab, and many revelations.

It was a good follow up to Incarnate but I felt there was something missing. The action was good and there were plenty of events that built tension throughout the book. Still, I was left wanting some indefinable something “more”. And not in the “I can’t wait for the next one” kind of way. But of course I do definitely want to read the next book. Meadows has created a fascinating story and memorable characters. Twisted and cruel but beautiful and full of hope.

The relationship between Ana and Sam is wonderful. Meadows planted these seeds of doubt in me. Making me wonder things about Sam…is he a stereotype? An artist full of passion, with women falling in love with him and him never really falling in love with anyone? Or is his love the real deal? The kind that…check you would do anything for?

I love the twists and turns. There were some completely unexpected things and then some not so unexpected. Some things were obvious but I’m sure they were meant to be but others, zowwy, let’s just say I liked that I couldn’t figure everything or everyone out.

I do have one major bone to pick and that is the title “Asunder.” The word is used so frequently in Ana’s thoughts as a description of herself, usually coming at the end of a thought, as if it were its own sentence. The use of it was overdone and by the third time damn annoying. I don’t know how many times it was used, but enough that I wish I had supreme edit power to take them all out. I didn’t even feel like it fit most of the time. On a much smaller whiney note..I thought this cover completely didn’t hold up next top the first one. On the Incarnate cover the model looked young and beautiful…but the same model on the second cover with slightly different set to her mouth just looked old and ugly.

It makes me super curious to see the next cover. I’m really interested to know what will happen next but not clamoring for it like I was after reading Incarnate.


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5 Responses to “Review: Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows”

  1. DannyBookworm

    Haha!!! I so agree with you on the cover model and her mouth! can her mouth be an bigger? Do not like this either!
    I still haven’t read it even though I liked the first book… Not sure if I will to be honest. But now I am definitely curious about the twists and turns! love them!

    • pabkins

      I ended up buying this one because I liked the first one a lot and wanted to be supportive. I won’t be buying the next one since I’m not clamoring for more at this point, but I’ll request/review it if they happen to send it. This one was just so middle of the road.

  2. Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

    I have this on my bookshelf…need to read them both!

    So I also have a story: a couple of months ago, Lenore Applehans invited me to have coffee with her before a book signing. I get there super early because I’m ridiculously punctual – and hello, she’s an author who has requested my presence! She walks in with 2 women, and I’m holding my ARC of Asunder (because Jodi was to be at the signing too). One of the women looks at me and says, “Hi! I’m Jodi Meadows. And that’s my book.”
    And that’s the story of how I met Jodi Meadows.

    • pabkins

      I’m jealous! Meeting authors at signings you don’t really get a chance to talk to them because of the lines. It must have been so neat to meet her in a more comfortable setting!