Article Title

The Alchemy of Forever


Jess Verzello


Dependable, Young Adult, Avery Williams, Reincarnation, Alchemy, Romance

Document Type

Book Review


On the night of Seraphina’s first ball, she is murdered and then miraculously saved by an ingenious alchemic serum administered by her first love, Cyrus. Six hundred years later, Sera and Cy are living in the heart of Oakland, California with their coven of fellow Incarnates—individuals who can transfer their souls from one body to another to achieve immortality. However, in order to live Sera and the others must take a new body every ten years; murdering to stay alive. The guilt has overcome Sera, fear has replaced love in her relationship with Cyrus, and she is determined to get away and end this cycle. On the night of her escape, circumstances find Sera taking the life of a local sixteen-year-old girl named Kailey and inhabiting her life. Sera finds herself actually living for the first time in her life with a real family, friends, and the sweet neighbor boy Noah. Torn between the guilt of stealing Kailey’s life and the joy in actually living, Sera almost finds peace until she realizes that Cyrus knows exactly where she is and will stop at nothing to destroy everything she has come to love.