Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Alchemy of Forever, written by Avery Williams, is an engaging book. Seraphina Ames is a 600+ year old woman. She became an immortal through a potion administered by Cyrus, her love interest and an alchemist. They jump from body to body to escape death. She decides she no longer wants to do this and whilst attempting to die, she escapes from Cyrus. “Accidentally” (or so the author alleges) she jumps into the body of Kailey Morgan and her interest in life is renewed.

The plot is interesting, albeit a bit forced. There were some aspects that were rather convenient and I found hard to believe (e.g. Cyrus’ job). The characters are extremely underdeveloped. I know next to nothing about Kailey’s entire family. There are characters that appear in the book merely once, leaving a huge question as to who they were or what their purpose was. The book is told in the first person and that is executed rather well. The writing is ok but nothing exceptional.

I am rather disappointed in the ending. The author failed to actually finish the story and tie AT LEAST one loose end. The book ends in a cliffhanger and we get … nothing. I understand this is a series. But the idea for the second book should be to build up questions and events for the second book, not leave Book one with a cliffhanger. This can work in a television series or from one chapter to another. Not in a book.

The book is entertaining and I enjoyed it. It was a fast and easy read. But, the book suffers from grossly underdeveloped characters and poor plot execution.

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