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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  756 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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 dem
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Published September 18th 2012 by Gallery Books
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Someone who wants a historical urban fantasy experience.
A halfling, a Protector, and the author of Dracula walk into a mental facility... There has to be a way I can work that into a joke somehow.

What a nice...

Steampunk Novel
Urban Fantasy
Gothic Mystery
Historical Fiction

...this was? I'm not quite sure what I just read. The mention of a dirigible here and there wasn't enough to leave me feeling a Steampunk vibe. I do know that I liked whatever was going on, even if I couldn't identify what it was. The writing was descriptive, compelling, and often amu
"Look in the skies above you," he said. "With each passing day, we are under ever more surveillance for no better reason than that men live in fear and suspicions of each other. Our technology outstrips our ability to reason or even to care. Walk the shortest distance beyond the better areas of this city and you will find degradation and suffering that defy description. The inhumanity of man is also part of being human."

So rarely does a paranormal novel such as Incarnation come along and eff
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
In Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, beautiful young Lucy Westenra was staked and buried after being turned into a vampire. Emma Cornwall’s Incarnation picks it up from there. Lucy (here called Lucy Weston) awakens in the grave and claws her way back to the surface, where she makes her way to London and embarks on a search for the mysterious creature who transformed her.

While Incarnation uses events from Dracula as a jumping-off point, perhaps the best way to fully appreciate Incarnation is t
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lucy Weston was most sensual huntress of night who preys on innocent boys. But Lucy has no similarity as Stoker has described her. But truth is she is a vampire and she is looking for the man who has condemned her. With Stoker’s help, Lucy ventured out for the person who transferred her into the creature of night.

The story begins at an opera house where a seductive singer at stage seemed to call Lucy, and she was so compelled by him that she could only focuses on him and only him. Next thing she
Sarah Mac
Important Safety Tip: This isn't really Dracula fanfic.

Heed my warning, gentle reader. Incarnation's Lucy doesn't sound like the original Lucy; indeed, none of the familiar characters make an appearance -- no Mina, no Jonathan, no Van Helsing, no Quincy, no Seward, no Dracula. If you're in the mood for a true homage, look elsewhere.

[mild spoilers]

Overall, my biggest issue is how the author rushes so much information in an effort to establish how uber-paranormal this alternate reality is. I don'
Experiment BL626
Nice read but lacked oomph.

+ the goods

The reasons the book was a good read was because of the elegant mixing of elements, the diverse characters, and the strong heroine. The incorporation of the King Arthur legend surprised me. This was the first time I read a Dracula fanfiction where Dracula and Mordred were the same character and one of the good guys. I liked how that the good guys also included Bram Stoker and Queen Victoria. They unexpectedly played a significant role, along with the Prime M
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**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 is gorgeous! But what stuck out for me was that this Lucy wasn't a sex goddess (even th
A few books pull you in from the prologue. They might not keep you enthralled but when the beginning starts on a good note, you have something to look forward to. As the story progresses, a book might have its ups and downs but there are very few that stay amazing all throughout. However, the case with this book is entirely different. It started in a disoriented, confused fashion and ended on a similar note. The prologue left me wary and since my expectations with this book weren't much to begin ...more
Jul 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: reviewed
Review Originally posted on 8/14/12

PJV Quickie: When I got this gem in the mail I literally swooned all over this cover! Can you say fabulous? And that is Lucy Westenra {Bram Stoker's Dracula}, whom looks very much alive, instead of lying in a crypt in her wedding gown with a stake through her heart. I always did love Lucy. And now Cornwall brings Lucy into modern literature as a kick-ass vampire. Gotta love that concept.

I had a ton of fun on this adventure with the misrepr
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Can I just say that Lisa is beyond awesome for sending this book to me? I couldn't get enough of it and I'm so happy that this somehow found its way into my hands.

I was lost in Victorian London from page one. This paranormal story took me on an amazing adventure, illuminating the creatures that go bump in the night while Lucy struggles to understand what it means to be human. The historical fiction aspect of this novel was done amazingly and I can honestly say that I've never come across a vampi
Incarnation by Emma Cornwall is a spin-of/sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Story is narrated and told in a first person point of view by Lucy Weston, side character and one of Dracula's victims in Bram Stoker's novel.
If you have read Dracula by Bram Stoker (or watched the movie) you know how the story ends for poor Lucy - Dracula seduces her and transforms her into a vampire but she is almost immediately killed/destroyed by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Incarnation by Emma Cornwall continues st
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.
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: september-2012
It's a book about vampires in Victorian England... Need I say more?! Oh, and it has some steampunk, too!! Yum! ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incarnation, by Emma Cornwall (which is apparently the pseudonym of a best-selling author) was a fun read that also made me think of some modern issues. Set in the backdrop of a steampunk Victorian England at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries, we come across a conspiracy involving the characters from Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula.

I can hear you now. That is cliche and been done before. Well, yes, but rarely this cleverly. When Lucy Weston digs her way from her grave, she finds herself compel
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

I must admit I was mainly drawn to this one by the cover. I wasn’t sure what to expect though, since it looks YA. It isn’t, not at all. I’d classify this one as a Steampunk UF. The beginning catches you up immediately, but it sort of slows down. I found the writing and the world captivating.

This is about the side character Lucy from the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. In this story, Mr. Stoker is used by the British government, among others, to hide Lucy’s
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Egalley thanks to Gallery Books
Beautiful storytelling which very much reminded me of Gardella Vampires by Colleen Gleason.
Rich, vibrant and really engrossing.

This is not a YA and neither it is a paranormal romance, more like a paranormal historical adventure with slight steampunkish elements. I wouldn't even call it steampunk, because although some interesting technological advances are mentioned they are not used by any of the characters.

Lucy is a very intelligent, courageous girl who is turn
Ravin Maurice
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer, that is said to have been written by Lucy Weston, I was totally fascinated by this character and the vampire world that she had spun together and I could not wait to read the story of her 'incarnation'.

The book had some good and bad bits. Cornwall's writing is poetic and lyrical, and lends itself to the time period and the character rather well. It took a little bit of time to get into the story, but if you stick with it it re
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A beautiful melding of time period and myth, INCARNATION drifts through the misty streets of an imagined London. Without bogging down in accent or details, Cornwall creates a new mythology of the Slayer, vampires, and werewolves, as well as the city itself. Lucy awakens to her second life alone and confused, but it is immediately clear that the usual rules that govern vampires do not apply to her.

INCARNATION is the story of Lucy finding her way in this new reality. Awakened with only hints of h
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it

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 ri
Note to my self: Be very careful next time when you see something classified as YA. No matter how pretty the cover is!

This book is very mindful of ones delicate sensibilities. Like when it talks very clinically about how Lucy wakes up in a grave and has to claw her way out or it. Yet the whole thing carries no substance or emotional punch I would expect from such scene.

And it continued that way. Every time things started to happen for real, there would be a superficial description and a quick c
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Ehhhhh. I am slightly disappointed with this one. It's yet another novel that doesn't live up the awesome cover and blurb that go with it.

Though it improves markedly after an uneven and exposition-filled beginning, Incarnation never quite managed to click with me.

Review to come.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Left to her own devices, newly turned vampire Lucy Weston claws her way out of her grave and wanders the streets of Victorian London alone, trying to find out how she came to be in this state and who was responsible. Her search for answers leads her first to the doorstep of Bram Stoker, whose popular new novel Dracula features a strangely distorted version of her fate. He is able to point her in the direction of others of her kind, and soon Lucy finds herself in the middle of a power struggle be ...more
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"Who wouldn't be driven to find the one who stole your humanity, transformed you into a creature unlike any you had ever imagined, and abandoned you to deal with that as best you could?"

Immediately Incarnation enticed me with promises of a paranormal steampunk retelling of Lucy Weston from Dracula's story. Emma Cornwall crafted an interesting retelling of Dracula that was okay. Incarnation is one of many vampire books I have read recently and unfortunately it doesn't reall
FV Angela
Review orignially posted at

For some reason when I picked up Incarnation by Emma Cornwall I had the thought that this was a YA paranormal romance, which it’s not. In fact it’s a little different from anything I’ve read lately. Not really romance, not YA, kind of steampunk, but not too much, yes, it’s paranormal, but more like a historical paranormal. It kind of reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes movie, but with vampires and werewolves and a young woman pieci
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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My English review

I was completely carried away by this new story. Emma Cornwall had some fabulous ideas. When I Read the summary I confess that I didn’t expect to have a novel like this one. I thought I would have a lot of references in relation to Dracula which was ultimately not really the case. But we have however many references in relation to the Arthurian story which was a complete surprise. It’s finally this that will lead the story throughout the book. Of cours
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
This was really, really good! Review coming soon.

In the beginning, I struggled with this book, but after a few chapters I was sucked into this story. I could not put it down and I was mesmerized by the world and characters Emma crafted. This book puts vampires in another light and there is even a touch of another magical creature.

“She and I were one, Lucy and the being who had clawed her way from the grave. We inhabited the same body, shared the same mind, had the same memories.”

From the first p
Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}
Giveaway on my blog 9/19-10/16 2 copies up for grabs!!!


Engrossing, paranormal read that had me whisked away into our heroine's adventure, within the historical streets of London, and the creatures of the night.

My first thoughts when I received this book? Gorgeous cover with sassy cover model, great Victorian setting, with steampunk elements. What we find between the pages is more of a paranormal, historical with a smart heroine set in the Victorian era of the streets of Lond
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Victorian London, a vampire seeks out the author of Dracula, to set the record straight. If one believes Bram Stoker's legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula's most wanton creation. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart and demands to know why the author lied. Soon she attempts to track down the person who has transformed her. She must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike.

For me, Inc
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I was instantly hooked from the very beginning, Lucy gets turned by a mysterious vampire and essentially buried alive and almost staked. The staking should have killed her but it doesn't...because she's special (cue the ooos). Lucy gets out of her grave and finds out that Bram Stoker, the author of the legendary Dracula has painted her as a wanton, sexual creature of the night and she's absolutely horrified because that girl is not her. After nicely forcing him to help her find her creator, she ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Steampunk, Vampires
*Rating* 3.5-4.0


Lucy Weston aka Lucy Westenra from Bram Stoker's Dracula is such an interesting and fun character to read about. She has been transformed (Incarnated) against her will by a very powerful vampire straight out of King Arthur's time.

She wakes up with a stake firmly planted in her heart, and yet she doesn't turn to dust. She has lost all of her humanity to the point where all she does is hunt wildlife in order to satisfy her thirst. Lucy later find
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