Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff
Monday May 4, 2015 at 1:48 am |

elixir-hdPublisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: October 12, 2010
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 330
Form: Hardback
Series: Elixir (1)
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A soulmate for life…or death

Seventeen-year-old Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life.  The daughter of a renowned surgeon and prominent politician, she has become a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a world that allows her to travel to many exotic places.  But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea begins to notice eerie, shadowy images in her photos of a strange and beautiful young man–a man she has never seen before.

When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him.  As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond.  Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives–and their futures.

My Thoughts

I think the idea behind this book was a good one, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.  This story is basically about eternal life and reincarnation.

Clea, a budding photojournalist and daughter of a prominent senator and heart surgeon, begins to notice a mysterious man showing up in all of her photos, when she begins to have vivid dreams of him in different lifetimes she’s puzzled.  But when she stumbles into him on an assignment and he has information about her missing father, he runs away from her and she takes off after him.  A stranger.  Who she doesn’t know.  I mean, he could be the killer!

This book employs all the classic annoying Young Adult tropes.  From the unavailable parents to the inexhaustible monetary funds.  Throw in a soulmate and a love triangle and all the tropes of a young adult novel are complete.

I understand this is a trilogy, but this book never clears up her father’s disappearance and it ends rather abruptly.  Clea makes terrible decisions and is really not so very smart.  This book was just ehhh.  I’m really not interested in the rest of the series.

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2 Responses to “Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff”

  1. Lekeisha says:

    Wow, I never knew that Hilary wrote a book. I’ll just stay away from this one. I read a book that has the same qualities as this one – it could have been so great, if only the author took the time to flesh out the world building and characters. Sorry you couldn’t get into this one.

    • Jade says:

      Yeah it’s been a while. But I’m pretty sure she had help with this. This one had all the potential but just fell flat.