Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

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Young Adult > Paranormal

(Incarnation #1)

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?

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…hate to say it, but it was only interesting at the start. So The Alchemy of Forever was forgettable for me.

The first part was exciting. How Sera was enchanted with this beautiful boy. How she thought everything was so magical when you’re fifteen (or was she sixteen?). How she unknowingly became an Incarnate. But my interest stopped when Cyrus and the gang were showed in present time. I just felt so detached when the story went from there.

To think that Sera was around for hundreds of years, she would know how to be smart about what they do. I think she was too sheltered being an Incarnate when she should’ve been learning anything and everything like Cyrus. So when the time came that she wanted out of Cyrus‘ world, she will do it right. Sadly, Sera reacted like a ditz with her amateur plans. I mean, really?

I like reincarnation stories. They bring me fantasies of being anyone I want back to those ages when everything was so different. But The Alchemy of Forever was one of them. I’d say it was 2/3 contemporary, 1/3 paranormal. And that was not good enough.

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THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER by Avery Williams

Paperback, 256 pages

Published April 26th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK

2/5 stars

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