Written by Hilary Duff
Published October, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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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.