I want him to realize how much he's always underestimated me.3.5 stars. When I read the first book of this duo, I hesitantly hoped that 2012 was going to be the year of the villain. Here we are now in 2013, and while "true" villains haven't been running amok in recent literature, I will say that I am thankful for Cyrus staying bad to the bone core (sorry for almost throwing cheese there). Just a couple of reviews ago, I had mentioned that I don't mind reading about characters who you love to hate. Cyrus is definitely one of these types of characters. It's nice to see a villain every so often who isn't redeemable.Avery Williams is an author to watch out for. She is quite skilled at smacking you in the face with plot twists that you weren't expecting. I love that. If I had to rate based on the the first half of this book, the rating might have been on the low end for being pretty basic fluff. But because the second half blew me away, I'm happy enough with the rating I have now.In some ways, I'm not sure who the intended audience for Incarnation is. Judging on book 2's cover, I'm thinking the cutesy romance set would be the target, even though there's more than just a cutesy romance at work here. I would definitely include myself in the general reader base, but there's a very limited pool of readers like me out there, who would be okay with the books being part silly and lovey-dovey, then part creepy and dangerous. It's like we're reading something split in personality, with not enough weaving to bring the two halves together at every point. The people who like darker books might be extremely put off by Kailey, the cute, impish blonde who is constantly focused on her beloved Noah. The people who don't like stalking and violence might prefer less of that in favor of more emphasis on romance. The closest comparison I could think of would possibly be [b:The Body Finder|6261522|The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)|Kimberly Derting|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358266631s/6261522.jpg|6196751] series, although the Incarnation duo doesn't read as fast-paced. I like these books, but something feels just a touch off. It's as if some of the initial character building could stand to be paced out better through the rest of the book.But let me bring it back to what I do like about Incarnation - the villain who is actually a villain. This isn't a vampire who is putting off killing people in order to impress the girl he loves. Nope. This is a villain who makes no apologies for his dastardly acts, yet still thinks he can manage to hang on to the one person who is obsessed with. This is what makes him a villain - he doesn't have a conscience.He gave her the elixir - then forced her into the body of a sick, elderly man before locking her up.Because the author chose to keep the baddie on the evil side, I respected what she was trying to do with this book. Because the author managed to fool me on one thing, I am impressed. There were of course the obvious "gives," yet there still managed to be a few surprises in store.I actually feel guilty now for screaming at Kailey that she was stupidly missing who the killer was because I was slightly further off than I originally thought. I did manage to solve half of the puzzle right away, but there was one part which did actually take me by surprise and I only managed to solve it minutes before the reveal. Kudos for that, Ms. Williams.While I honestly enjoyed this duo, there was one thing nagging at me as I was reading both books. I get that the female lead Sera had to take on the personality of the young girl she was inhabiting, but I don't get why we never saw her on a more adult level in her own thoughts. If you had lived as an adult for centuries (including having had a severe lover), wouldn't you ever wish for more than just hand holding and kissing? I think Sera came across as teen the entire time, even when she didn't need to be. I never really saw her adult nature peek through, which seemed unrealistic.This book provided from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from the pre-published copy and may be altered or omitted from the final copy.