The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)
Author: Avery Williams
Publication Date: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
I've seen this book on sale at Chapters, but I refrained myself from purchasing it since I've never heard anything about this book. Instead of buying it, I burrowed it from my local library.
This novel is the first book in the Incarnation trilogy. I'm not sure whether it's a trilogy or duo. Hopefully, it's a trilogy. The Alchemy of Forever is the first book I've ever read that involved incarnating into another person. Incarnation in this book involved breathing into the mouth of the body you desire to be in.
In order for the incarnation to work, you must first taste the elixir that allows your soul to jump from body to body. Then after completing the first step, you breathe into their mouth. Our main character, Seraphina/Sera is forced into kissing a woman who has stabbed her so that she may live. Her soul transferred into the other woman's body, leaving Sera's body dead.
This may sound weird, but I felt like I was reading Romeo and Juliet when I first read the prologue. They don't really have anything alike except for the masquerade-themed ball. I didn't really like how Cyrus and Sera got together. It felt like instant love. The love between them was too rushed. When Sera was dying, Cyrus was begging that she couldn't leave him. Cyrus was acting like the love of his life was at lost. But the problem was that they barely knew each other. They have had only spared each other glances.
Overall, this book was a surprise to me. I adored the author's writing. And I loved Sera. She is smart and thinks critically. To those who love incarnation, this book is a must read!