Inkarna by Nerine Dorman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Overall: I liked this book way more than I thought I would from the description. The story focuses more on Lizzy’s transformation and her problem with Ashton not willing to hand over his body than the problems with the cult. The Egyptian mythology and cult felt very back-seat to me and thus I had trouble remembering which house was friendly and which animal represented which house. This book feels so unique to me that I couldn’t figure out what genre it falls into. I picked Urban Fantasy because that’s what many people sorted it into on Goodreads, but you could just as easily call this a paranormal romance. I was tempted to give Inkarna a full five stars, but didn’t because of the beginning. It bored me. I know it was necessary to set-up the rest of the book, but I wish it could of been something more exciting than listening to some old woman blabber on about life before she kicks the bucket. Definitely, definitely read this book though if you want an out of the box paranormal novel.
Characters: Lizzie was a very boring old woman before she died. Ashton was a complete jerk. The combination of Lizzie and Ashton’s body was so riveting. It was so compelling reading about how Lizzie transformed from this old proper woman to a pretty kick-ass hero. I liked Ashton’s personality development. He started out as very one-dimensional but really came to life (pun intended) by the end of the book. Marlise began the book as a co-dependent girlfriend to Ashton. He treated her like complete crap and yet she was the only person to visit him every single day for the four months he was in a coma after the accident. I don’t know if she changed much by the end of the story, but I was happy for the ending for her sake. The villains don’t have much screen-time, so I didn’t connect much with their characters.
Plot: The first part of the story where Lizzie is dying is extremely boring and the narrative abstract. Worst part of the book. When she comes back as Ashton, a rocker asshole, instead of a little girl, the story gets very interesting very fast. Lizzie has to first adjust to being a man and I like how over the course of the novel she thinks less and less like a woman, but the changes are so minor that as a reader you’re halfway into the book before you realize it. Soon after resurrecting in Ashton’s body she realizes that Ashton is dead but not willing to give up his body. His spirit begins to stalk Lizzie and tries to force her out of his body.
Ending: The ending made me smile. This is a stand-alone book (as far as I know) but I wish that these characters would make a return visit. I could of easily read another 300 pages in the lives of these characters. I also like that there aren’t too many unanswered questions at the end. Not a cliff hanger. Yay! The only thing I wonder is what exactly happened to Richard, but since he’s a minor character it’s not THAT important.
Ashton Kennedy wasn’t a nice guy. He cheated on his girlfriend, knocked up a powerful drug lord’s sister, and abused vast quantities of illegal narcotic substances. Whoever ran him over with a big shiny SUV was doing the world a favour. His very male, tattooed body is the last place Elizabeth Rae Perry–a member of an ancient Egyptian cult–expected to reincarnate in, instead of the three-year-old girl she’d been promised.
Not only must she now come to terms with her new existence in the body of a disagreeable man, and clean up the mess he made of his life, she also has to unravel the mystery of why House Adamastor’s chapter house is standing empty and find a way to protect a dangerous secret she had no idea she was supposed to keep. As if fate couldn’t deal her another blow, she has also attracted the attention of a malicious and potentially dangerous ghost. And to top it all off, she must deal with the consequences of finding love in a most unexpected place.
This book is good for fans who like a unique twist on an urban fantasy/paranormal.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Netgalley) in exchange for my honest review.
About the author:
(Information and picture obtained from Goodreads.)
A somewhat grumpy author, fiction editor, magician and sometimes domestic goddess, Nerine Dorman edits genre fiction and writes dark fantasy and romance. She still nurtures vague inclinations of being a famous musician but likes nothing better than hanging out in her Treehaus in South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. Here she cultivates an assortment of peculiar succulent plants and a slowly encroaching forest.
Married to an indie film-maker and visual artist, she cares for an assortment of critters and sometimes hand-rears orphans. An experienced penguin wrangler, she extends this knowledge to the authors she guides. (Penguins…authors, they all bite.)
She is a founding member and administrator of the Adamastor Writers’ Guild and arranges the annual Bloody Parchment authors’ event under the auspices of the SA HorrorFest.