Book Reviews

Review: “Elixir,” Hilary Duff

February 2, 2011
Review: “Elixir,” Hilary DuffElixirby Hilary Duff
Series: Elixir #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on October, 2010
Genres: Re-Incarnation
Pages: 327

Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, Clea 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 following Clea’s father’s disappearance 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…

Okay, wow, the goodreads summary for this is all wrong. I had to find one on amazon. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with what I found here in Elixir. I, like many of you, was turned off by the fact Hilary Duff’s name was on the cover. Although this book is often at times predictable, it’s a light and easy read twinged with mystery and suspense that will keep you reading until the last page.

There were a few things I had problems with in this book; the first being the sudden intimacy between Clea and Sage (I can’t help but think that ‘Sage’ is most definitely a girls name, but eh!) I mean, they’re practically strangers when the first exchange of love is written. Although the whole ‘re-incarnation’ thing comes into it, I still think it’d be hard to love someone you’ve only just met through dreams. But that’s just me.

I also didn’t like how Clea and her friends didn’t even bother to ask Magda near the end if they knew what happened to her father. Maybe she could’ve shed some insight on what happened? It’s clear he went back to the jungle to find Sage and take him back to Magda in order to end it all, but his disappearance isn’t really further explored towards the last half of the novel even though that was Clea’s main drive for the mission.

I would also like to know how each version of Clea got their own Iris necklace. It would be easy to explain if Sage passed on Olivia’s one to each girl, but Clea noticed four of them hanging on the hooks in Sage’s house.

Apart from these things, I did enjoy Elixir. I wouldn’t give it a four or a five star rating just yet, because it’s very clear this is a debut novel and the story still has a lot of untapped potential, but I hear there is a series. The ending certainly indicated at one. I probably will press on if there’s more to see where the story goes and how it ends. While I’m not too emotionally invested in any of the characters, I did enjoy them and found they all had their own unique personality.

So, if you’re wary about the ‘Hilary Duff’ label, still give it a try. You might like what you find inside!

Recommended to: Any YA reader will find this story interesting. There’s mystery and suspense mixed with characters that aren’t unlikable. Although it flows simply and steadily, it’s an enjoyable read.

About Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff is an American actress, pop singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. After gaining fame for playing the title role in the television show Lizzie McGuire, Duff went on to have a film career. Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with four RIAA certified Platinum albums and over thirteen million albums sold worldwide.


  • Reply brandileigh2003 February 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I actually have been wary of Duff label, but will keep it in mind. Thanks for review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  • Reply jeanpeacock February 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Goodreads, publishers’ reviews are like that for any book.
    Some fairness. I strongly dislike the snobbery and snotty responses of some. I never understood judging a book by the (author) name – I mean it literally and figuratively. And I’m sorry I think it’s criminal how crazy cult popular Twilight is and I was not impressed by her series.

    I enjoyed it as I’m a fan of good mystery books, adventure, etc,. I think people judge wrongly so fast today, not just about books. Give it a try and I will be excited for the next book.

  • Reply Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) February 3, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Just enough teasers in your review to get me curious, but I’m still iffy. Will probably take a look at it at the library. I’m not big on the “drop everything love at first sight” scenario, and Sage kinda sounds like a stalker. But my opinion is probably still tinged with misgivings about the writer.
    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  • Reply Terra Mae February 3, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I agree with you on this. I have the same rating on my review.

    • Reply Brittany February 3, 2011 at 4:18 am

      Fantastic :D!

  • Reply Cleo February 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I recently read this and didn’t find it that bad. But I totally agree with you on how Clea and Sage only took like a couple hours to fall for each other and that was sort of weird.

    I was looking at the goodreads summary when I was writing my review on it and it was totally wrong! I was like, “Who the heck is Race???” Hahaha I hope that they fix it up soon!

    • Reply Brittany February 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Hahaha, YES! And straight away they had sex as soon as they kissed. I was like er… AND the fact he was prepared in advance creeped me out.

      LMAO! I know, right? I’m like RACE!? And pictures showing up that she didn’t take? A tour guide? Whaaaat!

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