The Alchemy of Forever: An Incarnation Novel

The Alchemy of Forever: An Incarnation Novel

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Avery Williams

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Hardback | 246 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1442443162
  • ISBN 13: 9781442443167
  • Sales rank: 401,940

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Seraphina's first love made her immortal...her second might get her killed. Incarnation is a new series that introduces a fresh mythology perfect for fans of bestselling series like The Immortals by Alyson Noel and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. 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?

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Born the day after Halloween in Los Angeles, Avery Williams has since lived in five different states due to her father's job as a radio disc jockey (though she sometimes claims her parents were in the circus). Now she makes her home in Oakland, California, with her husband and two dastardly kittens. She enjoys riding her bicycle around town and working on her hundred-year-old house. She is also a poet.

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About The Book:

Being an Incarnate is far more dangerous than Serpahina thought when she was fourteen years old in the Middle Ages and Cyrus saved her from dying. But not for her. For the humans that they prey.
Being an Incarnate means immortality, thanks to alchemy, but tricking death has a cost: they have to take an innocent live in order to keep living.
Seraphina is sick of the monster she's and of being strangled by Cyrus possessive love. She's willing to let it go forever, not sure what is in the other end for a being like her.
However, her plans don't turn out like she expected them to be. She escaped from Cyrus and her Incarnate family, but she was willing to die, not entering by mistake in a dying teenage girl named Kailey.
What Sera wasn't expecting was falling in love with Kailey's live: her friends, her parents... and with the boy next door, Noah. She starts to think that she has a second chance in live, when Cyrus finds her. Well, at least he knows that she's in Berkley and in Kailey's high school, but he doesn't know that she's in Kailey's body.
With Cyrus chasing after her, promising harm to those who come between them, how can Sera let Noah risk his life without knowing it? Will she sacrifice their true love in order to keep Noah safe?

Review:

I've read some stories about Alchemists and never fall in love, like madly in love, oh-my-God-I-need-to-know-more kind of way, but Avery Williams accomplish that.
We have had this book in our to-read shelf for a while now, since the book came out (so ashamedright now to saw it), and we don't know why we didn't read this book sooner. The story is well built and it keeps getting exciting and unraveling with every page you read. The characters, each have their own personality and have their roles set in motion in the book that makes you want to keep reading it until the end.
Mixing up a theme like Alchemy and Immortality may be difficult, but Avery Williams creates a perfect story. In Serpahina's, Cyrus is the alchemist. He lived with his father in the 1300s and they meet in a romantic kind of way in a masquerade ball when Serpahine is fourteen. The misfortune in their story is that some muggers try to steal from them and instead they end up killing Seraphina. In a desperation act, Cyrus saves her with a little bit of alchemist help tying her soul into the woman that killed her.
That's where their possessive and strangled love story starts. Since then Cyrus is being possessive about Sera and is shown as an abuser companion. We understood the need Sera had to flee, because Her relationship with Cyrus was a poisonous one that she was clever enough to try to run from it.
We also undertood why Avery Williams writes about Sera's desire of ending her life forever, turning into dust. Although she's afraid of not meeting an afterlife with her beloved ones for being an Incarnate, she wants to stop living like a monster, taking innocent lives in order to live forever.
It's nice to meet Sera. She's a good person, kind and cares about other people. That doesn't mean she has no character. She's as well strong because living an abusive lover is not easy. And when that abuser is an almost ancient Incarnate and with Incarnate minions that they do what he pleases is far more complicated.
On the other hand, we have Noah. He's sweet and also tormented. He has a difficult family background, but he keeps smiling. He's nice to Kailey although we read through Sera's point of view that Kailey was more interested in her reputation than in her friendship with the boy she grew up with and is friends with. He's also a good person and that's why we think that he totally fits with Seraphina and were heartbroken when we saw the ending of the first book.
The bad guy, Cyrus, a part from being the abusive jerk we have talk about its shown as a scary character. He's crazy in love with Sera, so much, that he is willing to do mad things for her. He's afraid of being alone and he cannot bear to think of Sera leaving him or being with another person. Total stalker, murderer kind of way.
The ending of this first book left us without words. We weren't expecting it at all (or at least we were hoping not to read that). We were shocked, furious with one of the characters and sad. Really, really sad. Which lead us to read immediately the second book (*Thank God we didn't have to wait a year to know about it! We couldn't have wait!*). We already told you that this book is unexpected, unraveling and full of excitement and romance.
We are really happy that we started to read this series and sad that we have finished both books in one day. We want more Incarnation books! (*Has become an obsession*).
So Book Addicts, if you want to feel the Incarnation Fever the only thing you need to do is start reading this first book, The Alchemy Of Forever. You'll get hooked from the first page with Seraphine's story and would want to know more about the Incarnates and Cyrus!
Avery Williams you made our hearts ache for more, so you have a well-deserved five gorjuss doll in our unofficial ranking and we would give you a six, but our ranking ends in five.
Book Addicts, don't miss this story!

By Hannah 25 Jun 2012 3

I still don't know what to make of this novel - I enjoyed it, but at the same time I didn't. The novel opens with Cyrus giving Seraphina immortality, explaining that she can have it all - and Sera chooses that life. We then get a glimpse of what it's like to be an Incarnate, and how Sera finds life as one. Considering that she's planning her own death, it's safe to say that being an Incarnate isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Yet when it comes to choosing whether or not she wants to watch someone die or take over that body, Sera makes it very clear that she can't give up life as an Incarnate just yet.

Sera learns to adapt to life as a normal teenage girl, and one thing that I liked was the fact that she didn't automatically 'get' life as a teenager. Sera finds it awkward and strange to fit into Kailey's life, especially as she doesn't know a single thing about what this girl was like to anyone. She's awkward, hesitant and wary - like a timid version of Cady from Mean Girls. And then there's Noah, the boy next door, who Sera finds intriguing, but apparently Kailey didn't like him. At least, not anymore. The only issue is, everyone seems to accept Kailey's change in behaviour. Sure, they give her the odd raised eyebrow and maybe a sarcastic 'Didn't you wake up on the right side of the bed for a change' comment, but no-one really questions her. No "Who are you and what have you done to my daughter/friend/sister?"

Yet Sera's growing relationship with Noah doesn't really seem like anything to me. It's very vague and quite instant, and although we can see that she's interested in Noah, that intensity you get in most novels (most recently, Jack from Everneath who has stolen my heart, big time!) just isn't there. I don't feel compelled at all to worry about what might happen if Cyrus, who eventually finds Sera, gets his hands on Noah (dad a duummmmmmmm). There was no drama, no real action, and characters that you don't learn anything about - for example, Taryn, the girl who supposedly steals Sera's backpack and car. It's almost as if it was a filler, but I'm hoping that it has something to do with the next novel.

In saying all this, I was fairly intrigued still. Williams puts together two types of legends together - alchemy and incarnation, and spins a great tale. Reading The Alchemy of Forever was kind of like reading Wither for me. I enjoyed it, but it just didn't do anything for me.
I love the idea of incarnation however, and this new take on it - body swapping - was a great premise to the story, and really helped push the dramatic ending a bit. I definitely want to read the next book now, as I know it'll be way more interesting than this one, but you have to start somewhere, don't you?

As I said, the mixed feelings are still determining whether or not I liked this novel. I definitely enjoyed it, but there was no wow factor for me. If it hadn't ended the way it did, I probably wouldn't even consider reading the next one, but as always curiosity killed this cat. I have to know how things turn out!

Review quote

"A menacing ending will leave fans ready for the next installment, and fans there will be."--School Library Journal