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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Incarnation
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442443162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442443167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A menacing ending will leave fans ready for the next installment, and fans there will be."
--School Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born the day after Halloween in Los Angeles, Avery Williams has since lived in five different states due to her father’s job as a radio disc jockey (though she sometimes claims her parents were in the circus). Now she makes her home in Oakland, California, with her husband and two dastardly kittens. She enjoys riding her bicycle around town and working on her hundred-year-old house. She is also a poet.

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I cannot wait to see where the series goes next.
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This is one of those books I sat down to read and unexpectedly got completely sucked into what was going on, that I couldn't stop reading it.
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Things in the end of this book just got a little to convenient and for some reason bothered me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tara Gonzalez on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll admit - I was totally not expecting to love The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams as much as I did. I'm not usually a fan of reincarnation stories - it usually involves soul mates and blahness that I'm just not a fan of BUT. BUT. The Alchemy of Forever is totally different.

The beginning of the story was very set-up ish, but I'm glad for it. Otherwise we would have been dropped into the story with no real explanation. Which would have been really confusing. So YAY for the set-up. Also, it was pretty interesting, too!

But the actual story - I really liked Seraphina as a character. Her guilt over her past and her struggle against Cyrus and then the struggle with the fact that she's enjoying being a normal teenage girl and all of that really kind of made her dimensional to me.

And the romantic interest - I loved him. And I felt SO BAD FOR HIM.

Okay and the ending. I was really, really not expecting that and I literally went "WTF!" on the last page and reread it like three times. I even had to explain the whole story to my boyfriend because I needed someone to WTF with me (he was not as helpful as I hoped).

Basically, The Alchemy of Forever is an awesome book, much more awesomer than I originally gave it credit for. If you're a fan of immortal body swapping and cute romance and WTF endings, definitely check it out!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Alchemy of Forever was too short. I was hooked after just a couple chapters and was sad when there was no more to read. BUT, the end is such a cliff hanger I can't believe I have to now wait for the next book to come out. When does it come out?!! While the plot is for young adults you can tell the writing is professional - so poetic and detailed. Love how the location (SF Bay Area) was brought to life so vividly. Nice work Avery on your first novel. Can't wait for more. Oh, and Im not even close to a young adult and still loved this book. It's for everyone who likes to be swept away from reality for a bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on July 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Ok this one I really did love! But for this one I think it would have been better to be a novella vs. a full book. It is only 246 pages and not a lot happens. That being said it was still a very good book! I loved all the characters and it had a great pace. I just think that it either needed to be longer or they should have made it a novella. The next book in the series is called The Impossibility of Tomorrow and is over 300 pages. That review will post tomorrow.

"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Van @ Short and Sweet reviews on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Seraphina "Sera" has been alive for more than 600 years. Her first love, Cyrus created an elixir that enables the human soul to transfer bodies when one is near death (usual, or if they take another body, one that is healthy, they are killing the current soul when taking over). Cyrus, Sera and a couple of their friends are immortals called "incarnate" switching bodies every time their current bodies get wearied out/ or near death. Sera is tired of living forever and for taking the lives of so many innocent people. The boy that she once loved is not that boy anymore...and over the years she realizes it. On the day that she is suppose to get a new body, she drugs Cyrus and runs away so that she can end her existence. Just as Sera is about to leap off the bridge, she hears a car crash and rushes to the scene. Upon arriving, she tries to rescue the 16-year old girl, but instead she takes over the girl's body. Kailey, the girl's body she ended up taking, is different from all of the previous body she inhabited. As she goes through life as Kailey, Sera realize that she doesn't want to die anymore and that there is a reason to live.

The story kept me engaged and interested the minute I started reading the prologue. There are a lot of immortals-related books out right now, but none have caught my attention like this book. The pacing of the book was quick, even reading about kailey (sera)'s high-school experience wasn't as boring as I thought it would be. There was a lot of action packed into this small book (it's only 256 pages or so and the words are large). The world building and characterization could have been stronger, readers only got to know about Sera through her flashbacks and all the other characters weren't that developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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I'll try to keep this review short like the book.

The Alchemy of Forever isn't exactly the most original book on the block. It may seem like it if you aren't into anime like I have been for most of my life (yeah, I was one of the little kids obsessed with Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z--there were a lot of us back then), you may not have heard of a show called Fullmetal Alchemist. The idea of two lovers using alchemy to switch bodies for centuries so they'll never die, then one of the lovers leaving when they get sick of it, may sound familiar if you've seen enough of FMA and gotten to a certain point. That was something in the show I wanted to see a little more of and in a way, that is what brought me to read The Alchemy of Forever.

Disregarding that point, the book is a quick read and difficult to let go of. I sat down at four in the afternoon and despite various interruptions, I was finished with it by eight-thirty. Seraphina's story is well-paced and interesting, but it's not overly involving. Its subject matter and occasionally suicidal heroine don't seem like they would make for a very fluffy book, but something about the novel feels so fluffy. Insubstantial, maybe. Yeah, I think that's the word I'm going for.

Some inconsistency issues--one minute, Seraphina is a genuinely horrible liar; the next, she's such a good liar that she fools a man who has known her for six hundred years--knew her so well, in fact, that he could predict her dreams--and "misses nothing"-- were the largest problems that stuck out content-wise. A cliffhanger I saw coming from a few miles away closes the book and sets up the next novel, but what I read makes me unsure I should invest in this series. The Alchemy of Forever isn't a bad book at all. It simply could be better than it is right now.
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