Monday, September 17, 2012

Early Review: Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

September 18, 2012 | Gallery Books
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

Emma Cornwall's Incarnation, with its stunning cover that is sure to grab readers' attention, is an interesting story about a newly-created vampire's search for her creator.

We meet the protagonist, Lucy, when she first realizes that she is no longer human. She has little recollection of prior events with no ideas as to why anyone would change her into the creature she has become. The only thing she is sure of is that she has a heart that no longer beats and an undeniable craving for blood.

Upon discovering a novel that contains a character and story line that are disturbingly familiar, Lucy decides to track down the author, Mr. Bram Stoker. What she discovers is a secret world filled with supernaturals, including others of her kind and protectors who are tasked with keeping humans safe.

But the most surprising revelation for Lucy is that she was created by the vampire king himself, Morded, who has mysteriously disappeared. 

It soon becomes imperative that Lucy uncover Morded's location. Without him, vampires are free to reveal themselves and feed upon humans without restraint. 

She receives assistance from Marcus di Orsini, a man she vaguely remembers from her past. Together they race against time to locate Morded, whose connection to Lucy proves that he is in danger and that his health is fading.

While Incarnation has a lovely cover, an appealing synopsis, and an intriguing protagonist who internally struggles between preserving her humanity or giving in to her new predatory instincts, it wasn't able to completely hold my attention. I often found myself losing interest, mostly due to the story's pace, and had to set the book aside to give myself a break. This happened several times before I finally reached the story's conclusion.

This novel seems to be a stand alone. If it were the beginning of a series, then I would be willing to give the sequel a try. But I would suggest reading a few more reviews from readers that you trust before purchasing Incarnation.


Braine TS said...

I started this over the weekend but I'm having ADD so I put it aside and started something else. Sad to hear you didn't like it as much, maybe it's wise for me to read this some other time when my reading mood is better. At this state, Incarnation might just end up annoying me.

Alexa said...

Sadly it seems this one has such a wonderful cover but the story doesn't seem to match up.

Sounds like I'm going to have to pass this one up even though the story sounds really interesting.
Thanks for the great review!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I don't really think it's a standalone, because the ending clearly indicates there will be more to the story. Sad, that you couldn't get into story. I loved how rich and Gothic and Victorian it was.

Liesel K Hill said...

The cover really is beautiful. Sorry it doesn't hold attention well. I'm not much into steampunk but the cover makes me want to be. :D Thanks for the review.

Melliane said...

I really liked this one I was surprised by the ideas but as I've never read Dracula I can't compare the details.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Braine - I get that way sometimes too. The first time I set this one aside I thought it was because I was in the mood for something different, but after about the 3rd time I realized it wasn't me, it was the story.

Alexa - You never know, you might try it and enjoy it more than I did ;-) My GR friends have mostly given it 3 stars, but I've seen several 4 star reviews also.

kara-karina - Yea, it had an open ending, but I made the stand-alone reference because there is no series title or any mention of a second story. If you see something different, let me know.

Liesel - You just haven't found the right steampunk novel yet ;-) You should try The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook.

Melliane - Glad you were able to enjoy this. Thanks for stopping by!

Pixie Lynn Whitfield said...

Great review! I'm sorry you couldn't enjoy it as much. I really liked it, but do agree it had some slow pacing at times. I can see where it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea though and completely respect that. Still, a 3 star rating isn't bad at all in my eyes. Haha. ^^

Yes, there was a bit of an open-ending. But I haven't heard any confirmation of a series either, so I think it's a stand-alone also. Unless they announce it a year from now like they do sometimes. *shrugs* However, I've read quite a few stand-alones before with seemingly open endings, never to get sequels or anything. That could have just been the way the author wanted it to end. To leave readers with open thoughts. :P If it does turn into a series, I'd definitely continue!

Again, great review. Thanks for sharing! :)


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