Addie is an alchemist who has temporarily lost her memory. She has no clue what caused her memory loss, but she is determined to find out what happened. With her sharp mind and clever tongue, she easily gets involved in dangerous situations where it is not always certain whether or not she will come out on top on her own.
Initially I found a lot of Addie’s actions to be forced and felt the author was trying too hard to be funny. But about halfway through the book all of the characters quirks: the rapid fire banter between characters, Addie’s inability to think before she spoke, her clumsiness, went from being slightly annoying and forced, to being very entertaining. I can actually appreciate the fact that she needed to lean so heavily on others as she is not fully aware of her abilities for a good portion of the book. I am hoping for a more fleshed out Addie as the series continues.
Addie’s relationship with James was my favorite as it seemed the most organic. They are both supportive and protective of one another as partners and friends. I know I am supposed to be rooting for Addie and Rowan as a couple, but I much preferred her and James. She was more confident and interesting when she was working out an issue with James. I am the keeper of lost causes, so if I decide to continue with the series I will champion them until the bitter end.
I started reading The Final Formula by accident. I have had The Final Formula in my Kindle reading queue for a few weeks before I actually started reading it. I was originally supposed to be reading a randomly chosen “zombie apocalypse” themed novel, and was not really paying attention when I was looking through the book carousel on the device. I got to chapter two in The Final Solution before I realized my mistake but kept reading because the book had me on the lure, and I had to find out how the book ended.
The story would have benefited more if it had better flow with the writing. The book jumps around a bit in certain parts, but it is the first book in a series and should be cut some slack. The pacing is fast, and I enjoyed the sophisticated and unexpected twist at the end of the book. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
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.