Author: Emma Cornwall
Genre: Steampunk - Supernatural - New Adult/Adult
"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." ~See it on Goodreads
When I first came across Incarnation the cover grabbed me instantly, I mean how gorgeous is it?! I’ve really been loving Steampunk lately and that element combined with a fresh take on the story of Dracula (I LOVE the original!), had me totally interested. This book had all the potential to be really good or the complete opposite, and I’m glad to say it was the former! There’s a ton of vampire books out these days but this one stands out in its own way.
This is such a wonderfully crafted story; the writing is absolutely stunning and gorgeous. I loved the world-building and the details are rich and vivid. It has a wonderful Steampunk edge and the Victorian setting was just perfection, not to mention the supernatural/vampire aspect. All of the characters are very well developed and really came to life on the pages, and I loved Lucy! She was charming, witty, strong, and determined. I was able to really connect and sympathize with her and that made me even more invested in the story. Lucy is definitely has one heck of an adventure to say the least.
There is a little romance in this book but it fits in so well with the story and doesn’t overshadow the main plot, which I was really happy to see because a lot of times the romance in books can take over and you lose focus on the main plotline.
I will admit the story started out a tiny bit slow in the beginning, but it picked up quickly and I couldn’t tear myself away from the pages once things got going. Also, I don’t think this book is really fitting for the YA genre, I’d say it’s closer to the Adult/New Adult genre. The romance is fairly light, but there are some graphic/mature areas so I would recommend that future readers are 16 and up.
I’d definitely recommend giving this book a shot, whether you’re a vampire fanatic or even if you’re burnt out on reading vampire books. This one is definitely worth it!
"Yet as I drifted deeper into sleep, ravens cawed and wolves howled, vampires showed their fangs and humans bared their throats to be bled while off in the distance great engines roared and steam shot into the sky where soot fell as tears, baptizing the new age." ~Incarnation