March 22, 2012

The Alchemy of Forever an Incarnation Novel

read first seven chapters
This book reminds me of Alyson Noel's Immortals Series meets The Skeleton Key (2005) minus the crystals and voodoo. Seraphina Ames was turned into an Immortal by Cyrus during the mid 14th century and has since then been snatching bodies every ten years. Fast forward to modern day and it's that time when Seraphina needs to steal and inhabit another body but she's getting tired of the routine and have decided that it's time to end her 600 year old life. But something came up and she found herself inhabiting a 16 year-old Kailey Morgan's body. But Cyrus managed to catch up with her and the chess game started.

This was an easy read at 250 pages and was a good reading palate cleanser. I'm a little wary about this series because although it started real good, it's so easy for AWilliams to go in the other direction and make this predictable. 

The premise is intriguing enough but I'm hoping that after living 600 years with the same person, Seraphina has gained some useful wisdom and use it to her advantage. So far her way of thinking fits the body she's currently inhabiting, that of a 16yo kid. And though this book aims to reach the 14yo age bracket and up, I hope AWilliams will take into consideration the real age of her heroine and not just let her become this bumbling teenager who knows nothing of the world.

Cyrus is a good villain, he's a sociopath so I'd like to know what else he's got under his sleeves to keep Seraphina by his side. I also like that the setting is in San Francisco, CA and the East Bay. I used to live in the area and I actually have a perfect visual in my head when AWilliams was talking about Jack London Square in Oakland, the Golden Gate Bridge and all the other awesome places in NorCal. 

I enjoyed the book but probably it's one of those reads that is a little too young for me so I'll take this review with a grain of salt if I were you. But if you're in the mid-teen age range, I'm pretty sure you'll find this enjoyable.


  1. Great review hon. I am with you, I don't read a lot of books that are too young. I would have to hear they are extra spectacular in order for me to read it. But that is a really good point. I am confused on a 600 year living in a 16 year old body, but isn't that much wiser. Why not do it like the Interview with a Vampire? I would imagine Claudia in this sort of scenario. Nonetheless, awesome review. I will check it out. Thank you so much :)

    1. I hope she takes the more intriguing road instead of having Sera act like a 16yo. Yes I agree about the Claudia thing, raving mad because she can't grow up. Thanks for stopping by!


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