The Alchemy of The Beast

Lionheart Chronicles, 1

Fiction - Literary
358 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Alchemy of The Beast is a work of fiction in the literary and metaphysical writing subgenres and is the opening novel of the Lionheart Chronicles. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Alyssa Noelle Coelho, the plot follows Scarlett V. Leonelli, a young woman grappling with profound loss and seeking solace in an unfamiliar world. Devastated by tragedy, Scarlett embarks on a journey to a hidden village in Costa Rica, guided by enigmatic clues and mystical experiences. As she delves deeper into the jungle, Scarlett confronts her grief and unravels the mysteries surrounding her existence. Along the way, she meets romantic encounters, mysterious guides, and transformative adventures that challenge her perception of reality.

Author Alyssa Noelle Coelho draws upon her background in sociocultural anthropology and personal travels to deliver an incredibly well-informed and poignant work of literary fiction. As the novel explores themes of loss, identity, and the human quest for meaning, the narrative shifts between deeply resonant and realistic moments of connectedness and into the myriad of alternative perceptions of our lives and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all. This is conveyed well in the narrative itself, but also in the fantastic descriptive imagery that paints vivid and atmospheric backdrops to fully complement the mood and emotions that Scarlett experiences. Overall, The Alchemy of The Beast is a captivating tale that weaves together elements of adventure, romance, and self-discovery, inviting readers to ponder life's deepest questions and celebrate the beauty of diverse cultures. I would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of highly accomplished literary fiction everywhere.

Ciara I Gutierrez

I couldn't agree more! This book was so transformative and life changing for me. As someone who has faced great loss and tremendous grief, I can say that this author really opened up an opportunity for enlightenment and another layer of healing for me. I couldn't recommend it more.

Lori Giesey

I absolutely love this book! The beautiful way author Alyssa Noelle Coelho weaves reality and magical intrigue had me experiencing each moment right alongside Scarlett, as if I was there, in Costa Rica, with her.

I couldn't put this book down! I highly recommend this book!

Aaron Johnson

A stunning book, inside and out. From the plot to the design, every part of the book was carefully crafted into a truly magical experience. You can feel the love and care that was poured into this project, and I can’t wait for future installments.

Karlyn Pleasants

A breathtaking journey through the ache of loss, the clouds of confusion, the sparkles of hope, and the rush of liberation. This story is both magical and relatable as the dark and muddy parts of healing collide with the glimmer and dance of hidden truths and boundless possibility. The lessons available from (quite literally!) leaps of faith, trusting the obscure, and following the harmony of the heart offer a roadmap for finding one’s way through the darkness and into the vast world of new beginnings. And, Coelho's poetry, sprinkled throughout against a backdrop of stunningly beautiful artwork is simply divine!

Theddee Rheyshelle

The Alchemy of the Beast intrigued, fascinated and captured my heart … all while pushing my church-girl buttons. But oh what a magical journey back to oneself! The beauty and poetry found in the pages… muy delicioso! Alyssa Noelle Coelho’s writing and insights are as rich smooth as the coffee Scar so thoroughly enjoyed during her stay in Costa Rica. Grab your favorite cup (or two or ten) and buckle up for a literary ride that will have you saying, “More, please!”

Lori Bonnevier

This book grabs and keeps the readers attention from start to finish. It is soulful and will touch the deepest wounds each of us keeps hidden and repressed - along with it, the author offers healing and joy and hope. A must read!

Karen Wilson

The Alchemy of The Beast weaves a mesmerizing and enchanting tale of necessary losses, love, and discovery, captivating readers with its magical world and compelling characters. Fairytale like, Alyssa lights up each page with beautiful poetic prose, such that with each turn, readers are transported to a realm where alchemy meets adventure, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. An otherworldly journey that will leave you longing for more - questioning where Scar might uncover herself next!

Divi Neami

I started reading this book and right from the start I was absolutely captivated by the main character Scarlett. She has a way of speaking with sarcasm in her voice and a spirit that is so relatable. This book has made me emotional just reading about the darkness she has had to endure and the memories that take her back to a time she barely speaks of. A journey through grief, heartbreak, soul searching and travel. The characters come to life and each moment I am thrilled and feeling like I'm following in the characters foot steps in whichever place she is escaping to. The imagery and descriptions are exceptional and the art is beautiful. A work of art all together. This book was definitely worth the purchase.

Georgena Grace

Be swept away to the beauty of Costa Rica with The Alchemy of The Beast. Journey with Scarlett as she moves from the lead of grief to the gold of transformation with self-awareness, forgiveness and new connections. Truly a novel way to return to your wellbeing within.

Valorie Thomas

This book will enchant, bewitch, and caress you into the magic and transformative power of your own soul’s journey. Alyssa Noelle Coelho knows the power of words and courageous testimony, guiding readers through her pain and joys in order to inspire us with the knowledge that we have worlds to discover, that await the light of our own hearts.

Amanda Johnson

Magical realism meets humanity in all of its tragedy and resilience in this beautiful story. As someone who has traversed many a dark night in the belly of several proverbial beasts, I found Scar’s journey to be profoundly truthful and utterly inspiring. The wisdom of shapeshifting guides, glimmering crystals, ever-present cups of coffee, delicious dances, and captivating scenes of a determined reclamation of a Lion Heart regularly dance across my mind as I make daily choices to alchemize Life’s inevitable tragedies and reclaim my own.

Michelle Ann Collins

The Alchemy of the Beast is a fantastic journey of healing and growth, where fiction and reality cannot be easily discerned. The stories Alyssa Noelle Coelho eloquently tells against a breathtaking background jungle experience siphon the reader through the pain of grief, triumph of a broken heart, enlightenment, self-empowerment and healing.

If you have experienced the pain of loss and crave deep healing, and magical adventure you will be thrilled by Coelho’s descriptions of Scar’s bewitching odyssey. I’ll be looking forward to the next installment of The Lionheart Chronicles, please don’t make us wait too long, I need to see where Scar takes us next!

Karla Nelson

The Lionheart Chronicles depicts a journey through the human experience. The tragedy and triumph, brokenness and healing, pain and joy, curse and blessing that are all a part of the human condition. Alyssa Noelle Coelho takes you traveling within yourself, through the agonizing and beautiful path of healing and acceptance. Both heavy and lighthearted, The Alchemy of the Beast is an exciting adventure, a literary victory.