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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Review: The Alchemy of Forever - Avery Williams

Author: Avery Williams
Release Date: March 1st 2012 (UK)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

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 take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending 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 while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the 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 about in danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love?

If there was one word I would describe this book, it would be - short. Yes. I know that's not the best description, but yeah. SHORT. As in, short in character development, short in novel length (seriously, I think I'm the only one who thought this book was just a half of a book), short in romance, short in action and yes, you get the idea, right?

I heard that this was a very surprising read in a good way, but I came out very disappointed. 
The first few chapters were full of promise, but unfortunately the rest just kind of sucked. Which I hate because I really wanted to like this book, I was preparing to put in on my favourite shelf. But no.

Sera was okay, I guess. (Oh God, what is this book making me do? It's making me not think properly and instead words like 'okay', 'good' or 'bad' is coming out of my mind). I never really felt like I knew a lot about her, and I thought that since she lived for over 600 years I would have thought that she would at least be very three-dimensional and an interesting character. But alas. 

The lack of romance.Oh wait. I mean the lack of hotstuff. Oh geez. You know how I love my books steamy with romance and hot guys. But this. THIS. I seriously can't even remember his name without looking at my book to check. Noah was just an alright (see, again?) character, he was nice but.. BLEH. You know you've done something wrong when the guy I've fallen for is the protagonist's brother. Oops. I love Brian (SEE? I remembered his name!) .

To be honest, the only thing that was keeping me read it was the antagonist. Boy was he evil. Cyrus was just so unpredictable and so bad that you can't help but want to know what he's thinking.

And can you believe it. A damn cliffhanger. Because it's a freaking trilogy. But I will keep reading, just because I NEED to know what happens next. So at least the author did something right.

I know this is a very short review (ah see? short,again?) but seriously don't know what else to say about this book. Meh.


  1. I love the way you review! I just wanted to thank you for this review in point because I feel ripped off when I have no idea a book is short. I really like your blog <3

  2. Thank you! That's one of the nicest things people have said! I'm not sure if other people think it was short, but I did :(
    And thank you so much *hugs* :D


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