“Lucy Weston wakes to find herself trapped in a coffin. Underground, confused, with little memory and being compelled by a strange song, Lucy Breaks free of her coffin. She quickly discovers that she thirst for blood but is repulsed by the thought. Rushing to her family’s country home, a place...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“DNF @ 25%. Just couldn't get into it. The writing style was too dry and distant, and I wanted it to be more...engaging, I guess. The kind of book that pulled me in.”see full review » see other reviews »
“DNF @ 25%. Just couldn't get into it. The writing style was too dry and distant, and I wanted it to be more...engaging, I guess. The kind of book that pulled me in. ”Janice (the_red1) wrote this review Saturday, December 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lucy Weston wakes to find herself trapped in a coffin. Underground, confused, with little memory and being compelled by a strange song, Lucy Breaks free of her coffin. She quickly discovers that she thirst for blood but is repulsed by the thought. Rushing to her family’s country home, a place she remembers from her past, Lucy discovers a manuscript written by Bram Stoker in her father’s abandon study.
Although Stoker’s manuscript is a fanciful tale it gives many details of Lucy’s circumstances. Realizing Stoker might hold the key to unlocking the secrets to her past and her lack of memory, Lucy heads out for London.
She is quickly enveloped in a brewing war where vampires and humans vive for power. Can she discover why she has been dragged into this world in time to save it? Will she loose her humanity along the way?
Although this book is classed as steampunk, I found it not the norm...there is not a lot of gadgetries and gismos in this story line. That being said, I LOVED this book. I was instantly drawn in by the mystery surrounding Lucy’s transformation and captivated by her resourcefulness. Action, adventure, historical, romance, vampires, werewolves and humans with super abilities blended to make Incarnation a superb reading experience. When Incarnation ended, I was left wanting more. I am adding Incarnation to my favorite shelf and I will be following Emma Cornwall's works. 5 Stars (FAVORITE)
This copy of Incarnation was given to me by Edelweiss and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Published Date September 18, 2012.”
“I had coverlust at first sight. Striking. It lured me in to read the synopsis. Then I was really hooked. I decided to enter a giveaway and actually won a copy of it. Surprisingly, I was satisfied with how unusual it was. It is about Lucy, who had a small role in the novel “Dracula”, seeking out the author, Bram Stoker, to demand answers as to why he lied about her and how to find her creator. I was stunned finding out that Dracula was NOT the vampire who transformed her. What a clever twist. I won’t spoil who the culprit actually was but they abandoned her to learn for herself what she has become. You follow Lucy on her hunt. It is written so smoothly that it is easy to feel like you are experiencing it with her. She wakes up in a wooden box, having been staked and buried. I KNOW!!! This was not your typical vampire tale so don’t idly dismiss it. I thought it was a stroke of genius when Stoker was offered a chance to gain “personal experience” to improve his next novel. The concept is brilliant. The idea is that Stoker’s “Dracula” was a deliberate cover-up to conceal the truth about the existence of vampires to prevent mass panic. As the public is gullible, it worked beautifully. That alone was intriguing, yet after reading it I can tell you it is so much more. It a melting pot of so many cool elements: steampunk Victorian London, vampires, werewolves, Bram Stoker, and the Legend of King Arthur. WHAT?! I was the most shocked when it was revealed that King Arthur was entwined with this unique story. Very engaging.”GO wrote this review Monday, October 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
REALLY LIKED IT
Lucy Weston wakes up in the forest and doesn't remember much except that she is living like an animal and craves blood. Slowly, memories leach back into her brain and as she becomes more aware of her surrounding, she realizes that something horrible has happened to her. She makes her way back to her family's home and starts to reconnect with her own humanity rather than the creature she has become. As she reads through the family's library, she comes across a manuscript by Bram Stoker and realizes it is a thinly veiled characterization of what has befallen her. She sets off to London discover the truth behind her transformation and confront Stoker.
Victorian London in this case has developed technology based on Tesla's experiments and becomes aware of paranormal creatures that have always existed but now make their presence known. Lucy is now one of those creatures although she is discovering that she is not like the other vampires she encounters. She finds Stoker easily and he directs her to the Bagatelle, an underground lair run by Lady Blanche, who may not have her best interests at heart. She also reconnects with her beau, Marco and discovers that she is from a long line of Slayers descended from Morgaine from the King Arthur tale. Marco in turn is a Protector, a group that tries to save humans from the paranromal realms.
Overall, this is a great idea for a story but the adding in of Steampunk details to the story are just a bit of window dressing and do nothing to advance the plot. The combination of Stoker and Arthurian legend is a stroke of genius. The romance between Marco and Lucy is a wonderfully realized and believable. The evil Blanche is a good foil to Lucy's goodness. Even though Blanche reminded me of a typical Disney villain, Lucy doesn't end up as a wimpy princess. You may want to pull out your ancient copy of Dracula and brush up on your King Arthur legend to enjoy this one fully.
“I received a copy of this digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Vampires, werewolves, the legend of King Arthur, Bram Stoker and steampunk?! Are you kidding me? I was in heaven while reading this. What an odd combination that shouldn’t work so well together, but I am happy to report that it goes beyond that. It was a fresh look into the person of Bram Stoker as well as the story of Dracula. It was very original.
I am rather new to the whole world of steampunk, and will never claim to be an expert. It is something that is popping up more frequently and I have to admit that I enjoy what I’ve read of it so far (for the most part). I couldn’t tell you whether this was light or heavy steampunk, that is not my area of expertise. Lucy’s story was easy to follow and get lost in. What I really loved about this story was that the creature didn’t determine the morality of the character. There were good vampires as well as bad ones. There were questionable creatures of the night, downright dark and evil creatures as well as those who were trying to do their best to protect, or even hold onto, humanity.
Lucy was an interesting character, she was new to this world –one she didn’t know had even existed. I am not sure if it was intentional, but there was the hint of a love triangle. Though, normally I am not a fan of triangles I would like to see how this one is played out. As she learns about what she’s become it becomes apparent that there are things in her past that we don’t know enough about. Being the creature that both humans and vampires should fear is an interesting concept – one that wasn’t completely developed in this book.
Marco is the protector of humanity and Lucy’s love interest. While it did feel a little insta-lovish, it wasn’t. Marco and Lucy shared a connection before her incarnation but, she doesn’t really remember it. This was another area that I found myself wanting a little more from. Mordred is the son of King Arthur and King of the Vampires. I haven’t completely developed an opinion about him; I think that there’s something lurking in his shadows. I like him, but . . . Yes, there’s a but, and I am not sure how I want to finish that thought.
The bad guys were deliciously violent, manipulative and uncomfortably unlikable. Is this the beginning of a series? I don’t know but I hope so. While this feels like a complete story, I still have a few questions. The war has been averted –for now- but there are still a few unresolved issues. Though I did enjoy this read a lot more before I realized how open the ending was.
Recommendation: This is really worth checking out. Fans of the various genres will not be disappointed.
What Next? Not sure, couldn’t really find much info on the author. (Emma Cornwall is a pen name). Incarnation just released so Facebook and Goodreads are only talking about Incarnation. But I will be keeping my eyes and ears out if something else comes along.
4 Stars ****
“**3.5 - 4 stars**
This story 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.
♥ "I don't know, but I will not be swayed by him. It is you I want, only you."
The last thing Lucy Weston remembers is attending the opera with her sister. Then Lucy awakes to find herself cold and hungry. Only her hunger is not for food but for blood. Lucy wonders what has happened to her. She comes upon a house. The house has a library. Lucy picks up a book titled Dracula by Bram Stoker. Lucy proceeds to read the book and discovers that Stoker has written about her. Only Stoker has portrayed Lucy as someone she is not. Lucy goes on the hunt for Stoker to set the facts right.
When I read the book summary for this book and saw the book cover I was really excited to read this book. Some because of the vampire aspect. Never really got into the whole Bram Stoker craze. What drew me into the book cover is the whole steam punk aspect. I have recently discovered this genre and am enjoying reading books from this era.
So this book was slow to get going. I did have a time or two when I wanted to put this book down and give up but I stuck with it. It did get better and more entertaining as the story progressed, however, I still was a little let down by the book. The battle scene was good but the romance was lacking. So as you can see I had a bit of a tug of war with this book myself. Overall, a nice twist on the back story behind one of the famed characters from Stoker.