The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams 2.5/5
Blurb: 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. 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.
Okay, so I didn’t like this book that much. The concept was semi-interesting, but cliche, and the characters were two dimensional and hard to relate to. The book was surprisingly short and perhaps this was part of the reason for the minimal character development. I could have easily put the book down and walked away, but I’m not that kind of reader. I will always slog it out until the end.
I understood Seraphina’s desire to end her immortality and escape Cyrus’ claim on her, but that quickly went out the window when she found a body (Kailey’s body) to slot into and play make believe with Kailey’s family and friends. Her transition from Seraphina to Kailey seemed unrealistically easy. I’d like to think that my family would see something amiss if my body was taken over by some immortal that most definitely wasn’t me, but no, Kailey’s family don’t pay much attention to the sudden change in their daughter/ sister. Kailey’s friends don’t seem too concerned by the change in her either.
Then, there is Noah. The narrative suggests that Kailey didn’t have feelings for Noah, but he jumps at the chance to be with her when Seraphina takes a liking to him. Not to mention that worrying fact that mentally Seraphina is about 700 years old and Noah is just a teenager. Noah seemed nice enough, but dull. Again, lack of character development.
The ending was a little more exciting and ended on a big cliffhanger, but I doubt I will read the sequel.
In summary, my 2.5/5 is a reflection on minimal character development and unrealistic narrative choices.
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