Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Title: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)

Author: Avery Williams

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 3, 2012)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the first novel of the Incarnation series, the immortal Seraphina grapples with a wrenching truth: Falling in love might mean succumbing to death.People say “love never dies”…but love might be the death of Seraphina.

Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing—taking the lives of innocent people—was wrong. Yet she doesn’t want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies.

Sera has just landed in the body of a girl named Kailey who was about to die in a car accident. For the first time, Sera falls in love with the life of the person she’s inhabiting. Sera also falls for the boy next door, Noah. And soon it’s clear the feelings are returned. But she can never kiss Noah, because for her to touch lips with a human would mean the human’s death. And she has even more to worry about: Cyrus is chasing her. If she stays in one place for long, she puts herself—and the people she’s grown to care for—in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?

Let me ponder on the cover of this book. I am not impressed by it. Honestly, I do tend to judge books by their covers and this is one of the books that I am not really fond of. Cover aside, The Alchemy of Forever is well-written. The story just kept on being more and more interesting as I read it. The prologue was really thrilling. What happened there took me by surprise. I really didn’t expected things to go that way. Then, at the first few chapters, I think it became a little bit slow-paced. Though that was the case, I still felt more curious as to what happens next.

The main characters were all intriguing. Seraphina was not the kind of character that will make you irritated. There are some moments though wherein she’ll get so indecisive. That makes me frustrated. It makes me want to help her. Thank goodness, she’s smart and intuitive. That was what helped her survive in the book. Then, there’s Noah. He’s the typical boy-next-door love interest but he doesn’t have any idea that Sera inhabits Kailey’s body and it’s not the “real” Kailey he’s with. Lastly, Cyrus, the “ex boyfriend”/nemesis. He’s obsessed with Sera and doesn’t want to let her go. He’s creepy and scary.

The tension building throughout the book was very noticeable. I love the whole reading experience I had with The Alchemy of Forever. The style of writing was amazing. When I got to the last page, I can’t help but groan because oh well, hi there cliffie! I want answers! I swear I will be reading the next book in the series.

If you love reincarnation kind of novels or just love romantic YA novels in general, I suggest this to you. 🙂




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