Review | Elixir by Hilary Duff and Elise Allen

Elixir (Elixir, #1)

Format: Hardcover, 327 Pages
Published: October 12th 2010
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
ISBN: 9781442408531
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 3/5

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.

This book actually surprised me. It was a nice break to read about reincarnation with the madness of dystopian that has surrounded me lately. This book hooked me from the moment Clea notices the reappearing images of the shadowy man.
I would like to start with everyone’s negativity about Hilary Duff writing a book, I just don’t get it. If you were to remove her name from the cover and put the book in people’s hands I bet it wouldn’t be judged so harshly and I feel bad for her and Elise Allen that people have put so much negativity out into the world about this book.
The Characters: Clea has the life I sometimes wish I had, her family has money, allowing her to follow her passion for photojournalism. Clea isn’t stuck up or snobby though, which I really appreciated. Ben, a friend who is along for this ride, is protective and sweet. He obviously has feelings for Clea and would do anything for her.
The plot: okay, so it isn’t very original but I really liked how it laid out. There are some plot points that are resolved in the first book and some that are left hanging. This left me feeling happy with how it ended but still teased me a little with the rest of the series.
Overall, I gave the book 3 stars because I think it is worth a read. Don’t rush to it, but save it for a time you want something different, something easy to follow but will keep your attention.

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