Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Incarnation by Emma Cornwall with Giveaway!

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.
Okay, a story from the POV of Lucy Weston from Bram Stoker's Dracula? I was SO there! I mean she was always one of my fave characters we never got to know. Vivacious, impulsive, curious and still sweet (at least as a human). I always wanted to know more about her at least as a human being and how different she would have been as a vampire if left to have her own personality.

When we meet Lucy, she has already been transformed and dispatched. The vivacious woman is gone, replaced by stoic vampire. I thought that would have been disappointing to me, but yet, I found myself interested in Lucy and where she would take me. And as we journeyed along she started to gain fragments of her human life as well as retain human aspects. We also find that she is compelled to find the source of her vampirism and save him from an awful fate. From there she is acquainted with Marco, her love interest. And although Marco was interesting and heroic, I have to say that I didn't quite get into the romance. I think it's because Lucy is still remembering what it's like to have feelings and is working through her new existence. If this becomes a series, I do think that eventually I will come on board with the romance.

The world in this book is quite interesting. And although this is labeled steampunk, it really has very little of the gadgets you often get with this genre. It's more about the science and monster making that reigns supreme here. So, those that don't like all the tech stuff will like this and those that were expecting it might be a bit disappointed. However, I still think you will be caught up within the vampire world and how they think.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I'm hoping that the book leads to a series. Although Marco was the lead romantic character, I actually found myself more intrigued with Nicholas, his outcast brother. I actually think that he is more of a swoon-worthy character and would love a romantic adventure with him.
I received this book from Gallery Books and no compensation for my review was given.


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38 comments:

  1. I really liked this one, well I haven't read Dracula so I didn't see the similiraties, however it was a really nice book. I was surprised by some points I confess as I didn't expect them.

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  2. Maybe there's love triangle waiting to happen in book two. Or not. I haven't read a lot of steampunk, but I'm so ready for this one! I love the sound of it and Lucy sounds like a great character!

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  3. The books sounds super interesting. I have not read many steampunk

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  4. I've never read steampunk before but this sounds like a good one to start out with.

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  5. Hi, this book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the follow back. I'm following too!

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  6. I've been hearing awesome things about this book. Thank for the chance.

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  7. Awesome! I have been a huge fan of Bram Stroker's Dracula forever! Now to read it through Lucy's point of view could be quite the adventure. I really liked your review. I am chomping at the bit to read this one I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance!

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  8. I got this book for review! It seems like it's good. I was hoping that you like it ab it more. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. While I'm a little disappointed the romance wasn't more successful for you, everything else sounds hugely entertaining. I really like the sound of Lucy and the contrast she is in this book from what we know about her in Bram's story, so I think she is a protagonist I could really get behind:) Here's hoping we get more Marco (and Nicholas) in future books!

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  10. I love the ideas behind this book, I also think that it would be great for October. I love Halloween and all things "dark".

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  11. This one came as a surprise in the mail for me, so I'm glad to know it was good. Sounds like it could definitely be a series!

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  12. How beautiful is this cover. Hearing lots of good things about this with lots of bloggers seeming to feel it should be part of a series rather than a one-off.

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  13. What a great cover. I want to read this because I have never read any Steampunk yet, and have been dying to try this genre. The book looks great, this is also a new author for me and always looking to try out new authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. steampunk plus vampires sounds awesome! thank you!

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  15. Ohhhh all the things I like together in a book :D

    And i wish I lived int the states :/

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  16. I've been craving a vampire book for some time now. This sounds perfect!

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  17. This sounds like a different take on things. One written to extend Bram Stoker's idea. I like it! And I always love strong female characters though I'd expect a lot of romance in this one. If you're feeling a series maybe that's to come.

    Heather

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  18. I'm just getting into steampunk... and I'm lovin' that cover.

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  19. I love steampunk, so every time I hear of a new book coming out, especially if vampires are involved along with the steampunk, I'm very excited to read it.

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  20. Bummer to hear there isn't much in the gadgets. But I still am taken by the books idea. I like the Dracula take and curious to see it play out here. :) THank you!!!!!

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  21. I want to read this book because it sounds very good.

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  22. thanks for the great giveaway! This book is so bright and shiny with the mash of genres... my other books were on the interwebs and saw it and are now begging me to get it so it can join their club of coolness that is my personal book harem :)

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  23. It's 12:21am in Brooklyn, I'm really not feeling very creative at the moment. Needless to day, I want this book, and winning it is my only option right now.

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  24. I'd like to read the book for the character.

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  25. I must has Incarnation because that cover is 50 shades of Epic!!! ;D
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  26. I was super excited when Imfirst heard about this one, but I am not seeinf spectacular reviews, still I love the premise and would like to check it out...ahh hell why lie...I need more books to feed my book hoarding addiciton. Christy is keeping me on a tight chain!

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  27. I have never read a steampunk book but this one sounds really good.

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  28. I love a good vampire romance book. It sounds like this book is going to right up my alley! I can't wait to read it!
    Keep Reading!
    Jodie Pierce
    www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com
    www.thevampirequeen1.weebly.com

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  29. Bram Stoker's is my favorite Dracula and seeing it all from Lucy's point of view would be so cool!!!!

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  30. I just love the cover so much :)

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  31. It sounds interesting, and I'd love to win it! Otherwise, I'll have to hope my library gets it...

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  32. I really love steampunk books, and am always looking for a new one. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  33. I want to read this book because I love the cover!

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  34. I love the idea of the MC, Lucy, finding Bram Stoker to ask him questions about being a vamp!! What a premise! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this awesome sounding book:)

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  35. I have to admit it was the cover that first drew me in, but the book description sounds great too. I love a good paranormal romance and am excited to read this. Hopefully the romance will pick up, assuming there will be a second book.

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  36. The cover is captivating and I love anything vampire and paranormal, especially the original Dracula story. Looking forward to reading it!

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  37. It looks like a good story with the vampire story and steampunk too.

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  38. I have no awesome brain gems to give you tonight, and I feel like poo about it. All I can say is that I want to read Incarnation because it sounds awesome in every way, and I am head over heels for the cover. Bad assery all the way around. Thanks for the chance to win!

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