Oct 25, 2012

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Guest Review: Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

Sharon is my Goodreads friend. If you follow my blog, you have undoubtedly heard me refer to her in such a way.  In fact, she was here last week reviewing something for me and she’s back again with another great review!

Urban Fantasy
September 18 2012
Trade Paperback
352 pages
Gallery Books
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Lucy Weston

From Goodreads –
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.

Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.


Incarnation by Emma Cornwall is a spin on the Lucy Weston from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and we get to find out what happened to her if she didn’t really die.  The book starts off with her clawing her way out of her coffin and through the dirt with an agonizing hunger and no memory of what has happened to her other than her realizing she is utterly alone.

When I first saw the book, I fell in love with the cover…it is gorgeous!  But what stuck out for me was that this Lucy wasn’t a sex goddess (even though she is beautiful)…she looked like a bad@ss and I liked that!  But…did I really want to read more about Bram Stoker’s Lucy?  I did hesitate but I’m happy to say that this Lucy is not like Bram’s.

I enjoyed reading it from Lucy’s point of view…for the most part.  I just hated not knowing what had happened and what was going on.  She doesn’t know who did this to her – only that he is calling her and she is drawn to him.  She has no one to guide her or explain things to her or even what she is.  As she becomes more aware of herself and her surroundings, she does things intuitively and luckily that works for her.  But she is as repulsed by the blood drinking as she is enticed.  She is definitely warring with herself in more ways than one.

As she comes to terms with herself, she ends up at her family’s home where she does come across a few clues that lead her to London.  She finds Bram Stoker who tells her where to find more of her kind and from there to finding her sire.  I really can’t get into too much detail without giving things away but let me just say, it is one interesting journey.

Yes, there is a bit of steampunk but it is very negligible.  The same is true for the historical bent; some clothing and words but nothing that takes away from the story.  The biggest upset was the lack of romance.  There is a bit of it…some touches, etc., and a scene that is fade to black but nothing like what I was expecting and not with “who” I was expecting!

The drama is very intriguing.  There is a whole twist with connections to King Arthur and Britain’s Royalty.  There are also other paranormals that are involved and a whole sector of “Protectors”.  It is really laid out quite ingeniously and everything seems to fit.  Some things were easy to figure out but I enjoyed being surprised a few times.  It definitely kept me interested.

There is a short epilogue that wraps most things up but also seems to leave the story open for another book.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any information if there will be more books.

3.5 stars 

Favorite quote –

“I don’t know, but I will not be swayed by him. It is you I want, only you.”

Thanks again Sharon!  You’re awesome!

  1. That ending worries me a bit, so I would just wait and see if there will be more

  2. Wonderful review Sharon. I like that this is one book that is wrapped up nicely but the author is smart to leave it open if it is well received by readers! The cover is wonderful and it is very eye catching. Sometimes those can be misleading but I’m happy that it wasn’t the case with this one!! 😀

  3. @blodeuedd…its a good ending…nothing at all to worry about. sorry i made it seem that way but Paperback Daydreamer said it better…she prob did that to see how it would be received.

    @Paperback Daydreamer…thanks and thanks for saying it so well!

  4. I have this for a review-still not sure if I’ll be able to get into this one, even after your great review!

  5. thanks Colette….hats off to u guys. idk how u do it!

  6. I really liked this one, and was surprised by all the ideas. I think we’ll have to wait and see if there will be a second book now…

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