Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) by Avery Williams.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 256.
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012.
Source: Publisher.
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. She doesn't want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies.

I feel like incarnation is the new vampire with as many books as there are about it being released lately, but that's not something I can complain about it because I haven't read a severely disappointing incarnation novel yet. The Alchemy Of Forever, while I didn't fall in love with it, was highly enjoyable.

First, let me address a few things that kept me from fangirling this book. My biggest issue was the length. It was entirely too quick and rushed, the ending in specific. There was no time for developing tension or plot, which made the conclusion seem really anticlimactic and random. Second, which I guess can also be blamed on the length, is the romantic aspect. I appreciated that it wasn't instalove, but Noah and Sera didn't really progress from being friends. They just happened. And it felt like something on the side, almost as if their relationship was thrown together just to have a touch of romance. For me, personally, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if they left out romance.

Onto the good! Despite the fast plot and lack of action, I actually found myself really absorbed in this book. The history behind Cyrus and his alchemy was really well done and the way they switch bodies was so intriguing. I was silently rooting for Sera to be bad and take someone else's life just so I could read more of those scenes. I also liked how this was sort of an introductory novel. I'm not a fan of authors purposely leaving the past out of their books for the sake of future e-books, so I was happy to read how Sera and Cyrus ended up the way they did. I hold hope that the next novel will make up for the lack of action, especially with the killer cliffhanger it gave us!

Overall, I had a few annoyances with it, but The Alchemy Of Forever is a quick, interesting and creative read with a twinge of fantasy that had me enthralled and intrigued at the same time. If you're in the mood for something new, fast-paced and engaging, I definitely encourage you to pick up The Alchemy Of Forever!

Other reviews for The Alchemy Of Forever:
Nicole's YA Book Haven.
Great Imaginations.
Xpresso Reads.


  1. Great review! And I thought I was the only one who thought this was too short :)

  2. Great review! I've been wanting this one for a while!

  3. I recently finished this book. Not too bad . . . just wished it was longer because I want to know more! Anyway great review!