Thursday, September 5

The Alchemy of Forever: Book Review and Giveaway

The Alchemy of Forever

Avery Williams

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
January 3rd 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal
Immortality
Official Blurb - 
In the first novel of the Incarnation series, the immortal Serephina 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?

So angry. At the character for being so unbelievably dumb. After we have to endure her internal droning monologue and her insistence that she knows Cyrus. Then she goes against everything she knows. She is far too optimistic for having known life and Cyrus so long. She is far to childlike for all her time living. Could Cyrus really have kept her that confined? I just don't buy it.

That ending . . . grrrrr . . . Noah . . . I can't fathom a reason I want to keep reading after discovering Noah is gone. So mad.

What would likely have been a three star ended up a one based upon character stupidity and a terrible ending.

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