Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gabrielle's Review on The Alchemy of Forever

The Alchemy of Forever
Author: Avery Williams (@averyeverywhere)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BfYR
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Source: Pulse It
Series: Incarnation #1
The Other Books: Untitled #2 (2013)
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Extras: Trailer, Series Website
Search: Amazon, Goodreads
Her first love made her immortal... Her second might get her killed.

After spending six hundred years on Earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.

Then sixteen-year old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she's his again, and every moment she stays, she's putting herself and the people she's grown to care about in danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love?
The cover is what caught my eye. I wish they would have made it like her new body, Kailey, on the outside cover, then in a inside flap you see the original Sera. That would have been awesome!
“You won’t find any comfort in death,” I promise her. “It’s a void. It’s nothing. You only want to die if you desire that nothingness. If you don’t want to be alone, that means you’re still alive. There’s hope.”
I finished this book in one sitting, and it was really exciting. I am a big fan of vampires but what I love even more than anything is immortals. Although vampires become immortals through biting, Seraphina becomes an immortal through alchemy. Which makes me think of the famous Nicholas Flammel.

The way Seraphina becomes an immortal is she controls her soul and where it goes. She takes over other girls bodies but only when they want to die, or close to death. Her first love Cyrus is the one who gave her  this ability. Cyrus believes in science and math, and believes there's facts behind everything magic. Seraphina, on the other hand, believes in fate, and she likes magic, and the thing she wants the most is to die, and connect with her mom again.

She was prepared to die, but Cyrus isn't willing to let her go. She comes up with a plan and she almost succeeds, until the car crash. Now, she inhabits a new girl's body, and she takes over the girl's life. For once, she feels like she doesn't have to worry about forever, but live in the moments of a regular teenage girl. Like crushing on the next door boy, Noah, who cares for Kailey. 

But Cyrus is searching for her again, and this is like a game to him. Sera has to be steps ahead of him, so he doesn't figure out who she is. And man, the ending of the story, had me going crazy. 

This was great, quick-paced book. The romance didn't feel like over the top, since Seraphina didn't want to take over Kailey's life. Noah was cute and he was like the best friend/boyfriend type. Cyrus was possessive, and dangerous. Kind of cute at first, but he scared me. Seraphina was great heroine, not the kick ass type but the honorable type. She didn't  want to be a fake, and put anyone Kailey cared about in danger.

Those three characters were great, and some of Kailey's family and friends were great as well. Though, hopefully, Avery brings back the Coven from Seraphina's incarnate family because I didn't get to know them that much as I had hoped.
This is her latest release. From the ending of the first book, I am can't quite wait to see what happens and I am scared for Seraphina.


  1. Thanks for the great review. I bought this a few weeks ago, but still haven't gotten to it yet. I plan to really soon though. I love the cover, and it's even more pretty in real life.

  2. Just picked up the book, and you're right, the cover is so much better in real life! Thanks for commenting :) Gaby