Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)

Author: Avery Williams

Genre: YA paranormal
Published: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 246
Source: Purchased Paperback
Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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?

My Rating of this Book – 1 out of 5 stars

My Review:

When I first picked up The Alchemy of Forever, I was expecting a great romance with a unique twist and an exciting adventure. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. There was hardly any adventure, hardly any romance, and hardly any plot.

“Cyrus is chasing her.” Not really. Most of the book is about Seraphina settling into Kailey’s life and her regret over the many lives she had taken. No adventures. No facing her fears. She doesn’t even bother trying to find Cyrus’s alchemy journal, the one she stole in order to destroy his formula and later lost. And though I love Noah, there is very little romance. A kiss, and a sweet beach scene. That’s it.

The only thing I’m left with to continue the series was on the last page. A mystery. *Spoiler Alert* Cyrus has disappeared somewhere—or should I say, into someone. But who?

As a standalone, I wouldn’t recommend The Alchemy of Forever. But I will be reading the second novel, so I’ll let you know what I think of it as a series.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)

    1. True, and I felt this novel didn’t really focus on Cyrus and what actually happened between him and Sera. I mean, he’s clearly a threat, but there’s little interaction and only small pieces of flashbacks to really fill in his character. I sort of hope there more to him in the next book.


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