Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Following a mugging and some alchemy, Seraphina has switched bodies every 10 years since the middle ages, and alongside her has been Cyrus – the boy who made her what she is – a soul without a body.
Seraphina has had enough though. She’s had enough of Cyrus, and she’s had enough of stealing other people’s bodies. The body that she’s in is quickly deteriorating, and she’s decided that this body will be her last – when the time comes, she will not be taking another.

Things don’t go to plan though, and Seraphina finds herself in the body of 16-year-old Kailey, following a near-fatal car accident.
Will Seraphina live out the next ten years as Kailey? Should she cut and run? What happens if Cyrus finds her? And will the boy she’s falling for (Noah) love her in a different body?

This was an okay paranormal story, which had a couple of interesting events, most of it was just boring for me though.

Seraphina was an interesting character. I liked the way that she had decided that enough was enough, and how she had made plans to get away from Cyrus. She did have a mind of her own, and I liked that she didn’t let Cyrus control her.

The storyline in this was okay, and the book as a whole kinda reminded me of ‘Infinite Days’ by Rebecca Maizel – where the main character was having one last life as a human before dying.
I did find the storyline to be flawed though. When we first learned Seraphina’s plans to not take a new body, it seemed that that was the plan indeed – she wasn’t going to take a new body, she was going to die. But then it seemed that she’d had a new identity set up for her, and money etc. for use in her new life – so was she planning on dying? Was that all a ruse to throw Cyrus off the scent? Don’t know. This really wasn’t clear at all.
Otherwise this book was a bit dull really. The whole thing felt a bit boring, and although I liked Seraphina, I wasn’t all that interested in her story at all it seemed. This book was very put-down-able.
There were a couple of events that I didn’t see coming, and I have to say that I HATED the ending. Not only are we left with a cliff-hanger, but it also seems that something very, very bad has happened to Seraphina’s new boyfriend Noah too. Not impressed with this ending! I can’t say that I particularly liked this book, and I really don’t want to have to read the next one to make sure that Cyrus gets his comeuppance.
Overall; an okay paranormal story if a bit boring, with a cliff-hanger ending.
5 out of 10.

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