Published on September 26th 2013
Published by Createspace
To a master alchemist like Addie, impossible is just another word for challenge. When a fiery explosion destroys the Alchemica, the premier alchemy institute in the United States, she’s left with nothing. No home, no colleagues, and no memory. Learning what happened seems impossible, but she still has one strength, and in her opinion, it’s the only one she needs. She hasn’t forgotten a thing about alchemy. Addie brews a potion to restore her lost past, but remembers only the flames of the Alchemica’s destruction—and a man among the ashes. A man with the elemental power of fire, who just happens to be the leader of the magical community. He might know what happened, but getting him to tell her will require some…creativity. The magical aren’t fond of alchemists. Some say it borders on hatred, but Addie isn’t one to back down from a challenge, even if that challenge happens to be a man who can turn her to ash with a thought.
When the magic returned two years ago, there are two types of magic co-existed in the world. New magic which are those who can control magic element with their mind, and Old magic which are inherited by bloodline passed down generations. There is also a third-type of modern “magic”, those who works with chemistry and philosophy, the Alchemist.
I thought The Final Formula was unique and different compare to other Urban Fantasy genre. This book has a unique take on magical creatures that aren’t mainstream, while having a fresh take on some supernatural beings that were common among the Urban Fantasy genre.
I just loved the characters in this book, first we have Addie, an intelligent and strong female Alchemist who has no memory before the bombing of Alchemica. Addie’s character Was very easy to like, her confidence in her Alchemist ability was admirable. Addie has a side-kick that turned out to be anything but ordinary. I loved James’ character, I found his abilities interesting and unique. Then there is the Flame Lord, Rowan, the only Fire elemental that is living past his prime. Rowan was a mystery, but very entertaining to read, especially when he and Addie work together.
This book was such a pleasure to read, Ms Andre wrote a book that hits all the right spot for me. The story and the writing just flows together so well. Very well developed characters, and an intriguing fantasy world that has a solid world building, which I can’t get enough of. You want mystery there was mystery, you want action there were plenty of action, you want romance there were some romances, but it never takes away the focus of the story.
I do think the ending was a little predictable, I thought Addie was too engrossed in her own world and can be overzealous at times, especially when she finds familiar faces that would trigger her memories, in result she often overlook many obvious clues.