Saturday, April 16, 2011

Elixir by Hilary Duff Review

Title: Elixir
Author: Hilary Duff
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 336 pages, 605KB
Book Type: Kindle e-book
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN: 9781442408537

Pictures from Amazon

From Goodreads: 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 Review: I really like the cover with the flower. The flower pops up throughout the book and it was a nice tie-in. The other cover is kind of odd, but it is what shows up on Amazon’s page. I’m pretty sure when I was reading the book on my Kindle it had the flower cover though. Hm.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It is an interesting journey and I am looking forward to the sequel. I don’t think this could really work as a stand-alone book, so the sequel is much appreciated. I had a definite book crush on Ben. He is nerdy and pretty ideal for me. Clea’s best friend, Rayna, is also a really fun character. The photography nerd/journalism student in me was insanely jealous of Clea’s job traveling as a photographer. 
I don’t like how quickly people seem to fall in love in a lot of YA books. I know that teenagers especially have feelings that are amplified, but Clea had pretty high misgivings about a certain character and then was in love in what seemed like a 12 hour span. (I’m trying to remain spoiler free here, sorry). At times the story didn’t make sense, but I still liked it.
I am disappointed that this is yet another YA book with a love triangle. Seriously, my teenage years were not like that. Hell, my 20s aren’t even like that. Did anyone have teenage years like that? Can we have a YA book without a love triangle, please?
Overall, I would read this one if you are looking for a nice quick read. 
Side note: Whenever I pictured Clea in my head, I always imagined Hilary Duff. Did anyone else do this?
Have you read this book? Looking forward to the sequel or not?


  1. Very interesting! I was wondering about this one. If I was to read the book I would definitely picture Hilary. I always need to imagine the characters, you know?

  2. @Dree

    Definitely! It's nice to get an image of a character in your head--a lot easier to imagine the story :)

  3. Seriously? On which planet do I live for not knowing Hilary wrote a book? God, I used to be such a big fan. Shame on me :/ Well actually I knew she was writing a book.. but I would never ever thought about paranormal romance!! I am a bit shocked, honestly :P I definitely should pick up this book! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  4. @nea barabea

    Don't worry, I was in Borders (RIP) and I saw people in the YA section going, "Wait. THE Hilary Duff wrote a book?! WHAT?!" So you're definitely not alone!

    I'm also shocked that she went the paranormal romance route--definitely an interesting choice. But it was relatively good, so I'll definitely be checking out the sequel. :)


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