Book Review: ELIXIR by Hilary Duff

by Hilary Duff, Elise Allen (contributor)
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN: 1442408537
Synopsis from Goodreads:
As the daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington D.C. politician, Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. And though she dreads the paparazzi who track her every move, she herself is a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world.

But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life.

When Clea suddenly encounters this man in person she is stunned—and feels an immediate and powerful connection. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance and discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond.

Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future—and their lives.
I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book when I first heard of it. I mean as the rejection letters received by Clea in the book my initial thoughts were around these sentences: Thanks, but this is a serious publication. We don’t hire celebrity children for vanity projects. (Elixir, chapter 3)
But, I am not one to base my reading preferences on reputation alone and I consulted other bloggers aka read their reviews about this book and most favorably reviewed it so I gave it a go and read it yesterday.

Okay, the plot was pretty much straightforward and a little predictable at times, but so are all the other YA books out there that we, bibliophiles, are raving about. The characters, too, met the YA standards.

One issue I had with the story is the relationship between Clea and Sage. They just met, they had a powerful connection, they took their relationship to the highest level sans matrimony but the book didn't thoroughly explore the whats and whys of their relationship - in other words, they just went and do the hello-goodbye. What I mean is the present reincarnation of Clea and not the other past four. Yes, they had this overwhelming connection by virtue of their shared pasts but what about the present Clea? 

Yet, the way Duff left the story (which is way too short by my standards) we could expect a sequel that may further tell the story and should allow the characters to develop and mature.

But, I couldn't put the book down and continued reading it nonstop to the end. The reason why is that... nah, can't tell you - too embarrassing. It's personal.


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