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Saturday, September 11, 2010

REVIEW: Elixir by Hilary Duff

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.

Book: Elixir by Hilary Duff
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Elixir, #1
Free or Purchased: Provide by publisher for review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

I really wasn't expecting much from Elixir, since I though it was just another celebrity novel that only got published because, seriously guys, this is Hilary frickin' Duff. OMG, how could she not get published? But once I started reading, Clea's cute, sometimes overly-logical voice drew me into the story and held me there until the very end.

Clea Raymond is the daughter of a senator and a doctor/humanitarian/treasure hunter. Her father is missing, thought to be dead, and her mother refuses to talk about it, but she has her best friends, Rayna and Ben. Together, they travel and have fun and do what any normal teenagers would do. Well, Ben is 20, but that's beside the point.

Everything is normal, until Clea starts seeing a strange man in the backgrounds of her photographs, in places that it's impossible for him to be. Then she starts dreaming about him and her, but different hers in different eras. Olivia, in ancient Rome. Anneline, a French actress. Catherine, a Renaissance noblewoman. Delia, a roaring twenties singer from Chicago. But they're all Clea, in her dreams. And they're always with the man from the pictures.

When Clea finally meets Sage, the story really gets going, and they meet some really odd characters in some even odder places, like a Tokyo fashion hub. How much weirder can it get? Well, you'll find out when you read it. And let me tell you, Elixir is definitely a must read.

Even if the slightly bland cover and meh summary, not to mention celebrity author warn you against it, be sure to pick up a copy of Elixir as soon as it comes out, because this is a really awesome new take on immortality and reincarnation. Never mind, don't pick it up in October, pre-order it now. It's really awesome :)))


CarlyB said...

Oh I'm really glad this one is good. I was worried Hilary Duff was going to get flamed for writing a terrible book. Yay!x

Melissa said...

I've been really excited to read this one, so I'm glad to hear it's good! Thanks for the review ;)

Anonymous said...

do you recommend it to guys or only girls?

Cade Crowley said...

@Anonymous Guys or girls, doesn't matter :)

anjohnston said...

I'm happy to read that this novel is good. It's something I've been not sure whether to look forward to or not. I'm going to add it on Goodreads!

Anonymous said...

i loved the book it was fabulous a defiantly must read!!!!

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