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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Incarnation by Emma Cornwall (Review)

Young Adult, Steampunk, Paranormal, Vampires, Historical Fiction
Publication Date:  September 18th 2012
Published By:  Gallery Books
WebsiteEmma Cornwall 

Incarnation on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from Evie :]
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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.

I don't know, but I will not be swayed by him. It is you I want, only you.
The power and beauty of this being who commanded my attention banished all else.
Unlike the female vampires in the club who seemed to vie with one another in the brightness of their array, she was garbed all in white. A magnificent rope of pearls encircled her lovely neck and looped to below her waist.
The thought of blood unleashed a desperate craving in me at the same time that I was repulsed by my own longing. Part of me was screaming in refusal while the other, increasingly stronger part of myself wanted to thrust the contemptible human side of nature back down into the grave and silence it forever.

Emma Cornwall nailed it! I loved Dracula when I first read it. So reading a book that is about Lucy Weston and setting the record straight? Pure genius! I was hooked from the very beginning and the  descriptions are well written. This book is a knockout!

The last memory that Lucy has is when her and her family were at the opera house, the next thing she knows, she's buried alive in a coffin and digs her way out. So begins the adventure and premise of this book. Lucy seeks out Bram Stoker himself to find the mystical man who turned her into the creature of the night that she now is.

Emma Cornwall's writing is beautiful. Even poetic at times. I could not get over how well this novel was written. The world building was done beautifully. The descriptions of everything, especially the Crystal Palace. Simply beautiful, that is what this book is.

I loved Lucy as a character. She didn't rely on men or anyone to save her. She is a true kick-ass heroine. One that I haven't seen in a while. I loved getting to know Lucy and venturing out in the unknown with her. She is beautiful, independent, and strong.

I honestly cannot wait until I pick up another Emma Cornwall novel. Even if you don't like vampires, you will like this one. It's different than all the rest!

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