It's London 1349 and 14 year old Seraphina has been stabbed. She feels her life slipping away…before her blue-eyed suitor gives her a few drops of his special formula for immortality. Fast forward a few centuries and Sera's tired of killing girls in order to slip into their bodies. Coming to hate what she's become, she wants out, and Cyrus will stop at nothing to find and drag her back to him by the hair. With a refreshing concept and an interesting cast of characters, The Alchemy of Forever is a short read that will entertain and surprise.
While on the run from Cyrus and his other Incarnates, Sera accidentally slips into the body of Kailey Morgan, a teenager who has a seemingly normal but complicated life. I loved exploring her relationships with Kailey's friends and family, the former being a little suspicious... As the story develops, the "innocent girl" facade is lost and Kailey's true self is revealed. That combined with the intriguing mechanics of alchemy, Sera is troubled by the meaning and worth of her life. Will she make something out of her new one or will she look forward to the day her body dies, and her soul with it forever?
I thought the romance between Sera and her neighbour was so sweet! Kailey's always kept Noah at an arm's length in public, and has only ever indulged in his kind presence when on her own. As we learn about the many flaws of Kailey and watch Sera try to rebuild her life, we also see Noah falling for the girl who seems strangely different in a very good way. He adores Sera's kind heart and feels her snatch up his own in an instant. Their relationship is nothing explosive or intense but it adds a wonderful sense of comfort that complements the suspense/thriller wonderfully. We need some light moments - her psychopathic ex is hot on her heels after all...
Although this isn't a five-star book, the focus on Sera's new life will keep you guessing and engaged. While Noah will make you melt with his charm and thoughtfulness, Cyrus will be a constant worry. When he finally joins the party? Wow. Sera's decision about life? Wow. The cliffhanger? Wow. The Alchemy of Forever would've been fantastic had it been longer and had the opportunity to really develop, but you'll easily finish this book in one sitting and be wishing you had the sequel immediately! I mean…can you say CLIFFHANGER ALERT?
I must say...I love the US cover.. <3
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