Monday, December 6, 2010

Elixir by Hilary Duff

Elixir by Hilary Duff & Elise Allen.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
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, 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.
Elixir kind of blew my mind. And not in a good way. I loved the premise; a group of three searching for the elixir of life before two other groups find it. It had the potential to be really great, but for me, it wasn’t.

In the first few chapters, it’s easy to be discouraged because Clea is just telling aimless stories about characters and events that have no relation to the actual story, but when she stopped doing that, I held hope for the rest of the book. Unfortunately, it all went downhill after that. It was the snap-of-your-fingers plot pace that got me. The page count may be well over 300, but considering the font size is so large, it’s obvious that this is a short story. It has no room to develop. The plot rushed and crucial things happened without breathing room mixed in. And along with the underdevelopment of the plot is the characters. Clea and Sage’s relationship happened with minimal interaction and knowledge of past circumstances.

When I got the very end, all I could think was “this would be such a great book if it were actually drawn out and developed.” I like the twist of Sage’s past relationships and Clea’s role in them. I liked their adventure to find the elixir of life before two other dangerous groups did. I liked what was happening, I just hated how it happened.

Overall, Elixir just wasn’t a good book for me. It’s too fast, too undeveloped and I didn’t enjoy it at all. I would recommend this to fans of Evermore by Alyson Noel or Fallen by Lauren Kate.


  1. Boo :( I had high hopes for this book too.. oh well.

  2. Yea.. I've been seeing a lot of negative reviews for this book. Now I know to avoid it. =)

  3. Oh no! Sorry you didn't like it. Can you tell us something that we may like? I usually like to read myself even when looking at not so good reviews. Every reader has different taste. Any character stand out? Maybe with 2 writers it was hard to find a flow. I was too spying this book for my daughters and mine tbr list.

  4. I really loved this one. I absolutely couldn't stop reading it. But I understand from where you come from.

  5. Didn't have any expectations about this book, and I already made up my mind to stay away. It's good that you mentioned the problems.

    Great review.

  6. Elixir by Hilary Duff was a fun paranormal romance that will keep you reading late into the night. I give it 5/5 stars and highly recommend it!