The Alchemy of Forever – Avery Williams


Author: Avery Williams

Rating: 3/5


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?


Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with reincarnation. The Alchemy of Forever sort of deals with it. Sera has been alive for hundreds of years, changing bodies every decade when the one she’s “wearing” wears out. That’s the problem with Incarnates, they can only take a body for a little over a decade before it wears out from the foreign presence within it. Realizing what she’s doing is murder, Sera has been inhabiting her body for far too long, and it’s ready to go. And so is she.

This body will be her last. She’d rather die than steal another soul. She’s lived far too long. That night she poisons Cyrus and steals away into Oakland, where she is ready to jump into the ocean and wither away… until she hears a car crash. Sera tries to save the girls life, to do one right for all her wrongs. The girl’s injuries are life-threatening, and in a moment of weakness, Sera takes the body of Kailey Morgan.

Normally, I’d be eating this up… if it was executed well. The author spends much too time telling us than showing us, and she could’ve easily written a longer book so that she could do more than brush up on things. Even with a second book, there’s too much that should’ve been explained whilst it was happening in book one, and therefore, anything would be info dumping if it’s expressed in the sequel. This novel is so ridiculously brief that we don’t learn anything new about Sera we couldn’t have gathered from the synopsis, and we’re told next to nothing about Cyrus and the Incarnates, even Noah and Kailey. There’s never any depth to the characters, because you’re never given enough time to learn who they are. Even with the colossal shock at the end, I felt nothing because hey, I don’t care about the characters. Make me care, or I won’t.

Overall, The Alchemy of Forever had amazing potential in my eyes. The entire concept is rather eye-catching to me, but it could’ve been developed so much more.

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