Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

In the first novel of the Incarnation series, the immortal Seraphina grapples with a wrenching truth: Falling in love might mean succumbing to death. 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?

back cover of The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

This was one of those books that I totally stumbled upon by accident. I had forgotten what I was currently reading at home, so I went to the library between classes which gave me five minutes to get to the school library, find a book, check it out, then get back to class. I pretty much picked up the first book that I saw that looked even somewhat interesting. I am so glad that I did, because I really, really loved this book.

It was fast-paced and hard to put down. It would give me chills and make me tear up and make me smile. The plot twist at the end was definitely 5 out of 5 stars. It was the perfect ending and the reason I had to start reading the second book right away.

The characters were spectacular. Even though Sera was not human, she was one of the most relatable characters that I’ve read about in a long time. I loved her view of the world. As she fell for Noah I found myself falling for him too. “Noah was very human. It seems like in a lot of YA books the love interest is perfect, but he wasn’t and I loved that.”  Cyrus made a great villain and gave me chills.

I think that this is one of those books that there is a little bit of something for everyone in it. I suggest giving it a try.

I give it five out of five stars.