Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Alchemy Of Forever

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012

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 swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking 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. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting—and falls for the human 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 for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?

Let me just take a moment to do something.. * Swoon* 

I started off reading this book having not read the blurbs on the back, and having not heard a peep from other bloggers about it. Since it's out this January.. this made me wonder why I hadn't heard more. After finishing the book.. I have to say, I must simply be out of the loop, because this book blew me away! An unexpected Gem. 

Originally I thought this book was going to be about incarnation ( remember, I hadn't read ANYTHING about this book, I just dove in. ) It was an unexpected, and thrilling twist that instead, our characters are killing, and taking over other people's lives! Thus, the turmoil begins. 

Sera is one of those "evil" characters that feels guilt over what she is doing, only, she is one of the few to actually step up and take action... ok.. so it kinda backfires, but she tried! And now she tries to do right by the victim ( Kailey) and her family.  

While it was hard for me to imagine Seraphina - who is supposedly centuries old, being in high school and acting like a teenager.  Avery Williams weaves this story in such a wonderful way that you come to feel for Sera and it makes sense, you realize, she never really had the chance to be a true teenager, and she is taking all she can from this experience, even though in the back of her mind sticking around and caring for people could have a deadly outcome. 

The Characters in this book are wonderfu., From the background characters that add to the angst, Kailey/Sera who you will empathies with and co-swoon with over Noah, to Cyrus.. who will seriously give you the "heebie jeebies".

Basically what I am saying is.. READ THIS BOOK... * yes you, I see you reading this review.. if anything I said connects with you... read.. it. * 

Ok one more time * Swoon*******

5/5 <3

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  1. Sounds interesting! I like it when characters are multi-dimensional, a concept which some authors haven't grasped... How is it you get to read books that aren't even out yet??? I'm not going to get to read this book for at least a half-year with the way my library functions... *pout*

  2. There are a lot of these I would like to read, but are not available at the local library as of yet. Do you have any idea how long after publication it takes for them to be on the shelf?


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