December 8, 2010

Elixir by Hilary Duff (& Elise Allen)

Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Pages: 327
Review Source: Library

Synopsis: (from
Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be 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, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful 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 wanted to like this book, because, I have to say, I really like Hilary Duff. Unfortunately I basically had to force myself to finish it. At the end I was definitely just skimming, and I won’t be picking up the sequel. At the beginning I found ‘Elixir’ quite intriguing, and I liked Clea, even if I didn’t quite understand why she was so famous. The characters weren’t anything special, but the book was enjoyable enough. And then Sage entered the story, and everything fell apart for me. As far as I’m concerned he had no redeeming qualities, no reasons for Clea to fall in love with him. I’m not a fan of past-lives predestined love stories, and nothing about this plot-line convinced me of the story’s merit.

It felt like there was no time for Clea and Sage to get to know each other: Clea simply loved him because he was good looking and because of her dreams. Everything felt drawn out and boring toward the end, even though it was supposed to be the exciting climax. I hate it when I don’t care about the characters or what happens to them, and that’s what I felt with this one. Perhaps people who really like paranormal romance stories with soulmates and predestined love would enjoy this one, but it definitely wasn’t something for me.


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  1. I appreciate your honesty, Ashley! As much as it pains me, I have to say that I'm a big Hilary Duff fan, so I bought this one. I'll give it a go, but I doubt I'll feel differently :)

  2. I used to love Hilary Duff, too, back when she was really big. Too bad about Elixir-- it doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Thanks for the honest review. :)

  3. This isn't really my kind of book, but I think you gave a very fair and honest review :)

  4. Awww too bad on this one! I haven't read it yet, but Sage does not sound like a character I would be all that interested in reading about. Which is a shame since Clea and the plot sound enjoyable. Thanks for your honesty Ashley, I think I'll wait on this one!

  5. Thanks, I definitely wanted to try and be fair even though by the end of the book I was like: "I really don't really care if they all die!!" :/

  6. I was on the fence about this one, and it sounds like something I can pass on. Glad you picked it up at the library.

    Thanks for your honest thoughts on this one. I hope you enjoy your next book more :)

  7. Think I have to pass on this one...although Hilary Duff was on Community a couple of weeks ago...she was pretty funny!

  8. I'm always wary when actors/models/whatever try to be authors. You've pretty much confirmed my fears =\

  9. Ugh. I'm glad I decided to dump this book about 60 pages in. Sounds like it didn't get any better.

  10. I saw this in my library and nearly picked it up but for some reason I didn't. The idea sounds different and could be good.

    I love Hilary Duff too. I used to watch re-run on re-run of Lizzie McGuire...I still do if it's on. It's disappointing that it's not so good. But then, she is an actor first and foremost. Not a writer.


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