Review: Elixir (Elixir #1) by Hilary Duff

on Apr 25, 2012
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.: 

Genre: Young Adult / Mystery / Romance

3 out of 5 Stars

Review: This review may be a little confusing as I have mixed feelings about this book, I hope you'll bear with me:) Let us begin. I was a little over halfway through this book when Theresa first contacted me to do book reviews(Thank you Theresa!) I thought 'this is great, I can do a review of Elixir'. Especially because of the number of one star reviews this book had. At the time I was in love with this book, thought it deserved 5 big stars. Then I finished it. And it went from 5 to 3 stars.

I still think this was a good book and there are a lot of things I liked. I really enjoyed that although the main character Clea was 17 she was homeschooled, which changed things up from the stereotypical highschool setting of most YA novels. Her parents career ( her father is a surgeon and her mother is a politician) and Clea's own career (a photojournalist) made things more versatile. For instance when she suddenly wanted to travel to Rio it was much more believable than in most books. I also just loved the concept that she kept seeing this guy in the photos she took though I felt the way it played out was kind of odd.

Now for some things I wasn't crazy about: *THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD!*

As I said I loved this book until I got to the end. As I read the last page I flipped through the pages and checked the binding of the books for rips... Know why? Cause this book had no ending! I don't mean to be harsh there really was no ending. The main characters finally confess their love, they find this place they were looking for then suddenly the hero is kidnapped and the book ends abruptly with the main character on a plane back home (away from the hero). That's not an ending, I need more! LoL. But really, I understand this is the first in a series but you have to have some sort of resolution. The ending reads like Miss Duff forgot to write the last chapter. Another thing I couldn't believe, the mystery in this book was the characters looking for Clea's missing father and guess what? They never found him. 330 pages and nothing. They didn't even get any closer to finding him though I suppose(or hope) that the mystery is resolved in the sequel. One other thing I didn't like was that only Miss Duff's name appears on the cover when the novel was written by her and Elise Allen but I assume this was a decision of the publishing company not Hilary Duff's. Still I think all authors names should appear on the cover of the book they wrote.  

Some things I didn't mind but you might:
  • The first 80 pages or so are mostly back story, while I don't mind that, I even prefer it sometimes. I know some people might not.
  • Though the synopsis makes a big deal of the love triangle, it's really in Clea's past lives that the love triangle takes place not so much in the present.

Lastly I encourage you not to dismiss this book immediately just because it was written by a celebrity. Aside from the way it ended, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequel.

About the Reviewer:
Mallory Farnham is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and daydreaming of made-up worlds. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @


poetsforpeanuts said...

Excellent review! This is really good and really detailed. I'm glad that you shared your honest opinion about the book and wasn't swayed by a celebrity author. And I agree -- that's really messed up that Elise Allen was not included on the cover! Shame on you, publisher... >_<

Mallory Farnham said...

Thanks, Theresa! I had alot to say about this book so the words just kind of flowed out of me:)

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