Elixir by Hilary Duff with Elise Allen

Nov 11, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pub. Date: October 12th 2010
ISBN: 1442408537
Pages: 327 pages
Source: Publisher
From goodreads.com:
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.
Like most were, I was surprised to see that Hilary Duff decided to pen a novel. Like many will be, I am left wondering what Hilary Duff cannot do.

Clea Raymond wasn't a very exciting or unique character. As for the other characters, I found them to be just 'okay'. I feel like each character served his/her purpose, but I didn't find myself drawn to any of them. I also felt like the major characters were as developed as the minor characters.

The plot was the best part. I found myself wondering who the man in the photo was, where her father went, and what was happening!Elixir did have it's predictable parts though. There were also some weak points in the story and I skimmed some parts hoping to get to a more exciting point. I wouldn't say this is the most gripping story ever, but it was definitely enjoyable.

After reading the first part of this review you're probably wondering how I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Even though the book's individual parts weren't very strong, as a whole it worked well. Simply put: there isn't a real explanation I can give. I recommend you to pick it up though and find out for yourself.

I would also like to say that I found this book a tad reminiscent of another series. If you have not read the series yet I recommend skipping this part. The Immortal Series by Alyson Noel kept coming back to me as I read this book. I can't say that it is extremely similar, but I did find some similarities.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. The book not only left me wondering what would happen next, but how much Hilary Duff really wrote. It sounds odd, but I am curious if she just pitched the idea, gave her name, or actually wrote most of it...

Rating: 4 stars / 5 stars


  1. Great review! I've been looking forward to reading this book so I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Oh, and like you, I also wonder if Hilary just pitched the idea, gave her name, or actually wrote most of it. I actually wonder that about most celeb books. It would be cool if one actually addressed this topic sometime.

  2. Yeah, I wonder about that, too. I don't know if there's any way to tell if something's been ghostwritten or not.

    Thanks for the review. Judging by the description (and confirmed by your little spoiler), I think I can guess where this story is going before even opening it!

  3. I've also been curious about this book, and how much Hilary Duff actually wrote.
    I wasn't so sure about reading it before, but based on your review I'll have to give it a try! I love books with a good plot too.


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