Sunday, January 1, 2012

Review: The alchemy of forever

The Alchemy of Forever

the alchemy of forever
By: Avery Williams
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 256
Source: ARC for review

Goodreads Synopsis: 

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. She doesn't want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies. When we meet Sera, she has 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. Unfortunately, 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, and if she stays in one place for long, she puts herself—and the people she’s grown to care for—in danger. -Goodreads-

My Thoughts:

Sometimes I think books are best when you don't read the back of it.  You have no idea what it is about going into it, or what you are getting yourself into.  This happened to me with this book.  And I loved it! It was so worth it.

You meet Seraphina when she is a 14 year old girl that is learning what it means that love never dies.  Her boyfriend figures out how to live forever by swapping bodies with someone that dies instead of dying yourself.  Now to me when I read this, I was thinking to myself that I may not like this.  I thought that maybe it could be interesting, but I could not see myself reading.  Well to make a long story short I finished it......and.....I LOVE IT.  I could not get enough of it.

Seraphina decides that she is going to not switch bodies.  She wants to save lives instead of killing.  So she helps a girl by talking her out of killing herself.  She feels accomplished.  She feels like she did something right.  Then Seraphina witnesses a car crash and she tries to help the girl that was involved.  Well while doing this she takes over the bodies of the dead girl.  At this point in the book is where I was like, "really, really?"  But I kept going.  And I am glad I did.  While in this body, she becomes Kailey.  Kailey has all the friends, is the most popular girl in school, and loves to paint and listen to music.  These are somethings that Seraphina does not like to do.  Seraphina has a hard time adjusting to this life, because all the lives that she has swapped she has ran away and went back to her old life.  But this can not happen this time around.  Because she is in the body of a 16 year old girl.  She has a mom, dad, brother,  teachers, and a guy that would look for her if she would come on missing. So she has to live this life.  But she realizes that it may not be bad.

This book has everything that I think a book should have.  It really keeps you going and into the story.  I believe with books like these you need to have the readers attention for the whole book.  With this book I think that it really didn't do that until you got to the part where she enters Kailey's body.  After that the book was really good.

My Rating: 

I am giving this book 4 out 5 stars.  If you want a book that is action packed, has twist and turns, and keeps you going this defiantly a book for you.

1 comment:

  1. I've seen this book around, but I wasn't sure if I'd like it. Now, thanks to you, I plan on picking up a copy! :-) Glad you enjoyed it!