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Friday, January 22, 2010

Love’s Alchemy by Ciar Cullen



Love’s Alchemy by Ciar Cullen
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (179 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Fern

She holds the key to unlock his past—or unleash hell.

Sidra Patmos has the ability to see the real underbelly of lower Manhattan—a horrifying world where wraiths, demons and a few quirky mortals battle for supremacy. Desperate, she seeks out a paranormal researcher to tell her why her life is a waking nightmare.

Instead of answers, her meeting with the dark and irresistible Van Barlowe unleashes a chain of events far more dangerous than her blackest visions. And a desire she can barely manage to hold at arm’s length.

After three desperate centuries, Van has finally found the Alchemist—Sidra. Somewhere locked deep inside her lies the knowledge that will rescue his family from ruin. The only way to reawaken her abilities is to hold his enemies at bay long enough to convince her to step through the mists of time.

Redemption waits there, and a timeless bond ignited by the undeniable pull between them. The missing ingredient: Sidra’s willingness to risk that Van’s attraction runs deeper than sexual chemistry…

Love’s Alchemy is unlike any story I’ve ever read. Although impossible to summarize properly, I’ll attempt to do so nonetheless.

Consider this: Isaac Newton, renowned scientist, has managed to unlock the mystery of creation. Upon discovering the way to make life everlasting, he created twelve children. Now, a handful of those children search for the reincarnation of their creator to sever the curse he placed upon them on his death bed. Only, the odds of doing so are slim to none, their time is running out, and the woman they believe might have the power to ensure their salvation has no idea who she is, and better still, who she once was.

Thus is a base premise of a paranormal story that is so much more. I became thoroughly enraptured in the mysticism created by Ciar Cullen. This isn’t a simplistic tale with minimal plot. Rather, you have a fascinating concept that blooms into a romance that is so much more than you initially perceive. When Sidra meets Van, it’s apparent there is a history she remains unaware of – you just have no idea how far back that history goes. As the story progresses and you learn the truth, it’s both mind-boggling and completely unexpected. I stopped trying to figure out what was going to happen next and took the ride as intended. The result was an exhilarating journey that is both captivating and emotional. I adored the characters, the plot, the twists and turns, and the new slant on immortality. Although I would love to lavish more praise and provide more details, I won’t because the story is best enjoyed when you don’t know the specifics. Trust me.

Reader’s who enjoy fresh paranormal concepts will appreciate Love’s Alchemy for the sheer brilliance of the work. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something so novel, and for that reason alone I think everyone should give this unforgettable story a read. The writing is stellar, the dialogue is witty and tongue-in-cheek, and the love between Sidra and Van is enough to span lifetimes.

Be sure to put Love’s Alchemy on your TBR list. This is one story you don’t want to miss.

1 comment:

Viv Arend said...

I have to agree completely with this review. Love's Alchemy was one of my very top reads of 2009.