Seraphina has lived for over six hundred years thanks to Cyrus' elixir which has made her an Incarnate, someone who can spend up to ten years in a body before having to switch to a new one. However, she's grown weary of living so long--and under Cyrus' possessive and watchful eye at that. Wishing to finally meet her end, she plans her escape and when death draws near, Seraphina finds herself taking on the body of a sixteen year old named Kailey. Thrust into Kailey's life, she finds a life worth living (and a new boy worth loving) but Cyrus is out there looking for her and when he finds her... there will be hell to pay.
I cannot stress enough just how bad of a guy Cyrus is. He's controlling, abusive, possessive, and he hates to lose. In short, he's not a good guy. Sure, at the beginning he was nice enough--I suppose--but as Seraphina puts it, he can be charismatic when it suits him. If anything, I can't believe she didn't run away from him sooner--although I can completely understand not wanting to leave Charlotte alone with Cyrus and the rest of the coven. Speaking of Charlotte, I really hope that we'll be seeing more of her in the next book--because although her role wasn't gigantic in The Alchemy of Forever, I still really enjoyed her character. What? She seems like a good friend! (In general I'd love to read more about the coven, but maybe that's just me.)
Then there are the new people in Seraphina's life like Leyla, Kailey's best friend. As far as I'm concerned, the verdict is still out on her--although she does seem like a good friend (and I'm secretly cheering her on as she--hopefully--goes after Bryan). And perhaps more importantly, there's Noah. Long time friend of Kailey's who would be more if the former Kailey had allowed it--or so I'm guessing. He's very into photography and also very into Kailey. Have I mentioned how adorably sweet I think he is? Because I definitely had a few moments of "Awww!" going on. And if you couldn't tell by now, I really like the pairing of Noah and Kailey/Seraphina.
As for Seraphina? She's an old soul and it definitely shows in the voice that Avery Williams has created in The Alchemy of Forever. Honestly, that's the simplest way for me to describe Seraphina to you--and I'll probably never think of her as simply Kailey because although she's in Kailey's body, she's definitely not Kailey. I really loved the little glimpses of Seraphina's past and although I wouldn't call The Alchemy of Forever fast paced, it definitely moves along and well, it definitely held my interest!
Now that I've gone on for several paragraphs telling you precisely why I've enjoyed The Alchemy of Forever, I'll end my review by telling you that if you've been thinking about picking up a copy you should definitely do so! It was a book that I knew was going to be something that I read in a single sitting and sure enough, I didn't put it down until I'd reached the end! With that said, I sincerely hope that you enjoy The Alchemy of Forever as much as I did and well, I can't wait for the next book.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Release Date: January 3, 2012
* Purchased on my own.