The Alchemy of Forever
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 1st March 2012
I'm a bit undecided about The Alchemy of Forever. The premise was really interesting, the characters likeable but I think it needed a bit more of the chillingly evil bad guy Cyrus the alchemist's son who made Sera immortal. Sera is so desperate to escape his evil clutches that she is willing to end her life for good but in witnessing a car crash she accidental takes over a new body, something that she loathes herself for doing. This time she actually enjoys her new life until her past starts to catch up with her. For me, Cyrus was missing for a large part of the book and I felt the story lacked a certain driving force because of it.
What did grab me about The Alchemy of Forever was the enormous cliff hanger ending, designed obviously to entice the reader into buying the next instalment in the series. I usually despair of cliffhanger endings but this was a really outstanding what the hell????? moment and guarantees I will be checking out the sequel. I'm just hoping that I get to see much more of Cyrus in the next book.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for the opportunity to read and review The Alchemy of Forever.