Author: Emma Cornwall
Series: Stand Alone
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
What I Thought:
I won a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
Incarnation starts when Lucy West wakes up in her grave. Her memories of her past life are wavering. All she knows now is thirst and an inexplicable urge to find the man who attacked, turned and then abandoned her. She then stumbles upon a book, Dracula, and discovers that some author has written a misconstrued version of what happened to her. On a mission to set this man straight she finds that she is not the only creature like her around, and that a vampire uprising may happen if she can’t find the mysterious man who turned her.
Steampunk & retellings, those are two genres that I have not explored. I’m not even sure this book should be considered either of those. It was not so much Steampunk; it just happened to take place in Victorian London. It was not so much of a retelling; it was just a different version of a character from an old classic.
My preconceived perception of this book told me that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book. I thought the prose was going to be too much Victorian language that would include a bunch of unnecessary words but it wasn’t. I’ve also been losing a little interest in vampire books, but I still liked reading this. It wasn’t too cheesy & overdone, it was original yet classic.
If you’re looking for a Twilight type of book look somewhere else. This was not a paranormal romance. The romance that was in this book was very light, almost as if there wasn’t any; it definitely didn’t add or take away anything from the story.
If you’re looking for a paranormal dramatic mystery solving book then this is the perfect type of book for you! This is about an uprising in the vampire/paranormal world. You should expect mysteries to solve, lies to be told, and plenty of intrigue!
While reading this I really wanted to find something I did NOT like about it, but I couldn’t. Though I wasn’t jumping up and down with excitement either. It was just an okay read for me.
To Buy from Barnes & Noble: Paperback/Nook Book