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Apr 27 2012

The alchemy of forever by Avery Williams

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Simon and Schuster, 2012. ISBN 9780857076816.
(Age: 12+) Seraphina was only 14 years old when she turned immortal. Her boyfriend Cyrus shared his father's formula for immortality with her, which enabled their souls to move from one body to the next for eternity, ending the life of the body's original soul in the process.
Nevertheless, Sera became tired of murdering innocent people once six hundred years passed. She came to a final decision to die and leave her controlling boyfriend behind, until she came across Kailey. Seraphina couldn't perform another murder on a young girl, even if Kailey's life was almost gone . . . But when she falls in love with Kailey's world, she realises that for the past few decades, she may have something to live for. But does it mean that Cyrus is ready to let her go?
The Alchemy Of Forever is written in the first person and is a fast paced novel. The style in which the author writes is likable from the beginning, especially when it came to the action bits, but the actual book is cold and expressionless. It's written in a diary form and not many descriptions were made of particular characters and settings. The Alchemy Of Forever is a somewhat interesting book, but I wouldn't suggest reading it more than once.
The characters didn't develop with the book, as they stayed the same for the whole story without changing, so it was quite boring when it came to dialogues. However when it came to action, such as the bit where Sera was running for her life, it was interesting to read. In fact the way Avery Williams was writing about it, the whole bit was quite fascinating.
This book will definitely not become a bestseller, but it is a good novel to read in your spare time, as it includes many interesting plot twists, with the main one at the end.
Nika Aroutiounian

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