Monday, February 20, 2012

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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.  -

I wasn't sure I was going to like this one because I figured it would be kind of zombie-esque and it would turn me off, but surprisingly, I found myself really loving it.  You couldn't help but feel bad for Seraphina.  Anyone who has a bit of a conscience would probably find it difficult living on for many years knowing that your life meant the death of someone innocent.  So it isn't surprising that Seraphine wants out.

I thought it was so sweet how she begins to really love and care for the family of the girl whose body she now inhabits, even as she feels guilty over the fact that her very presence in their lives means that their true daughter is dead.  And her growing thing with the guy in her life.... yeah, that was interesting too.

All in all I found this to be a really wonderful, thought-provoking debut by Avery Williams.  Her writing kept me interested.  It was thoughtful, beautiful at times, and the pacing kept me going.  I knew bad things were going to happen later and the author did a great job leading you up to that point and making you really care about Seraphine and what's going to happen to her next.  A great debut and a great start to a new series.  Looking forward to the next installment.


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