Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Alchemy of Forever

Happy holidays to the blogosphere! I have spent this Christmas Day like many before it - reading. My family has a tradition of giving each other books since we're all addicted to reading, and we each finish a book in a day. This used to leave me exhausted, but now it's become common place.
Retrieved from Goodreads

Today's pick was The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams. Seraphina Ames has been alive for over six hundred years, ever since her boyfriend Cyrus unraveled the secrets of alchemy that allow her to body hop with her soul. But she's finally come to terms with death, and refuses to take another body, because for her soul to occupy a body, the original soul must die. So she runs away from Cyrus. But while trying to save the victim of a car accident Sera accidentally takes over the girl's body. Then something happens that she hadn't counted on - falling in love with Kailey Morgan's life, and the boy next door.

It was the concept of this book I loved. It reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I absolutely loved that book. So I had high hopes for The Alchemy of Forever. It fell kinda short. I never felt like the concept was delved into quite enough. I looked at some reviews on goodreads and the word that kept coming up was "brief." And I totally agree. While many of my reviews lately have said the books could have been shortened, I wish this one had been longer. Longer to develop Sera before she has to be Kailey. Longer to understand what it's like to live 600 years. Longer. I will be reading the sequel but I was sorta sad at the potential this book had.

Goodreads Rating: 3 stars


  1. Hope you had a merry Christmas!
    Pleased to see another family that makes a tradition of giving books. :) I got half a dozen this year, some I've already read and loved (and so asked for), and some I'm looking forward to reading.

  2. Oh yes, books are a staple around my house. I'm glad you got some books you enjoy :)