The Alchemy of Forever - Avery Williams

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The Alchemy of Forever - Avery Williams

"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 Alchemy of Forever is a story about a girl named Sera, who became immortal after an attempted robbery went sour. Now, she roams the earth, stealing bodies every ten or so years when her current one begins to die. After living for 600 hundred years with Cyrus and the other "Incarnates", she has finally had enough. She is determined to kill herself and be free of the world - and Cyrus - once and for all.

But when her plans goes slightly sideways, she ends up in a new body while trying to resuscitate her. So instead of killing herself in this young girl's body, she decides to hide in this new life instead, enveloping herself in Kailey Morgan's life. But how long can she hide before Cyrus finds her?

This story had me hooked, I read the mere 240 pages in hours. The characters were lovable, except of course Cyrus, who was a creeper in my point of view. The story-line was fantastic, and had me wishing the second book was already released. There were only two things that irked me - Firstly, What happened to the alchemy book? Sera seemed to forget about it after awhile and that seemed kind of important to me. Secondly, Why didn't Sera just kill herself? She didn't want to live, stealing other bodies, but she put all these new people she loved in danger. Kailey was dead inside, so why not? I hope at least the first question will be answered in the next book!

Make sure you grab yourself a copy and read it soon! The second, untitled book, is set for release January 2013.

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. I read it in a few short hours, too. it hooked me right away--I loved the premise of it. but it had a few plot holes in it that annoyed me, and I wish it was longer. way too short for me.

    Ashelynn @ gypsy book reviews.

  2. tnx4 the review
    not 4 me though

  3. :) I really liked this book too! I hope your first question is answered. i was wondering that too.

  4. I really want to read this one, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! It just sounds like such a cool concept. Great review!


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