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Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442408537
ISBN-13: 978-1442408531

Gr 9 Up–Clea Raymond, 17, lives a charmed life. She travels the world with her best friend, Rayna, partying in countries near and far. Her mother is kept busy by her work as a United States Senator, but she loves her daughter with all her heart. And Clea has a cute guy trailing her every move–her bodyguard/voice of reason, Ben. Everything would be just perfect, except for the fact that her beloved father, a world-renowned surgeon, has gone missing while on a humanitarian mission in Rio. She can't stop thinking about him and his disappearance, and one night she stumbles onto something that might help her find him. Looking through photos she took on vacation, Clea notices a strange man who lurks in the background of every picture. Then, she starts having dreams about him. She's always a different woman in a different time period with him–and she always dies a brutal death. With the help of Ben, Clea travels to Rio to try and figure out the mystery behind her father's disappearance and the identity of the stranger in her pictures and her dreams. This entertaining book has a good mix of romance and suspense with a little reincarnation thrown in for good measure. Clea is caught up between the love she feels for the mystery man and the feelings she starts to have for Ben. Yet she soon figures out that there's more to this love triangle than she realizes. The fast-paced story will keep readers turning the pages until the very end, which hints of a sequel. Even those not impressed by the author's star power will enjoy this tale of love across the ages

My thoughts:
When I first picked this book up, I laughed.
Because I really could not believe that Hilary Duff had written a YA book.
I grew up being a huge fan of Lizzie Mcguire and loving Hilary's CD's through my
pre-teen years.
So I thought, "What the heck. I'll read it."
I found myself being completely surprised with how good it was.
I was expecting something a little like:
"Well there is like, a tree.
And it's like, purple.
There are like, purple leaves on this like, tree."
The book was nothing like that.
It was actually well written.
But part of me wonders how much of the book Hilary Duff wrote.
But then I feel kinda guilty for actually thinking that,
because Hilary Duff might have written the entire book,
and since she is an actress I'm just assuming she doesn't have a brain,
and decided that writing a YA novel would be "fun".
But you know, Hilary Duff might surprise us all and actually have a brain.

To be honest, there were a couple parts in this book that creeped me out.
Because I get really creeped out by stalkers.
And some parts were pretty darn violent.
I guess little miss Lizzie Mcguire has a dark side to her.

Even though I really liked this book,
and it kept me thoroughly entertained for the 3 days it took me to read it.
I (of course) have a complaint,
I thought it was kinda silly how easily Clea fell for Sage.
I mean, one second she is sure he is going to kill her,
and the next she is making out with him in her car.
If I was sketchy about some dude killing me,
I would not fall in love with him.
But maybe all this ranting is because I didn't really like Sage.
Nope, I really enjoyed Ben.
I wanted Clea to get with Ben so badly!
But then again, it probably will happen in the (I'm assuming) second book.
Because that would be the cliche thing to do.
And well, yes, I am assuming that Hilary Duff will do something
completely cliche.
But you never know, she might just knock our socks off with this one.

  • Profanity:  Moderate
  • Sexual Content:  Moderate
  • Violence:  Extreme
  • Other Notables:  Underage drinking at a Nightclub

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  1. "Well there is like, a tree.
    And it's like, purple.
    There are like, purple leaves on this like, tree."

    I laughed out loud when I read this! Thanks for the review! :D

  2. I'm actually looking forward to read this one.

    When I first find out about Hillary's book I was quite excited, 'cause she seems like a smart girl,
    I actually never thought of her as an airhead or something,
    so I had no prejudice towards the book.

    At least not like I have
    towards Snooki's new book, that one actually is making me
    die on the inside ):

  3. I'm still pretty skeptical of how much she actually wrote- it's actually a co-written book with Elise Allen but you hardly see that info anywhere and mostly I think it was likely ghostwritten by Elise. Still interesting to learn it's good though!

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  5. I have found the excerpt of this book. But I have no idea why it is hard to get what the author try to say

  6. LMAO! I laughed soo hard at how you started this with the purple tree. I actually was very shocked that Duff actually wrote a book. :D and also laughed when I saw it in the books stores. Thanks for the review! I think I'll read it. :D

  7. Hmmm. Okay. Well, then, I might have to give this one a chance.

    Thanks for the review.

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  9. I totally agree with your review. I got the book right when it came out. Out of curiousity really, and I did read a few reviews that said it was shockingly good. So like you, I thought, what the heck.

    While I enjoyed the book, it wasn't a massive page turner to where, with most books I read, I have to have it with me at all times. It took me a while to finish it. I do think though, that I might just get the second one, again, out of curiousity.

    Love the review!

  10. I wasn't sure if I was going to read this book. But now, I'm thinking about it.

  11. I really liked this one, actually. Elise Allen is so fabulous!

  12. I've been wondering how Duff has done as a writer. I might have to pick this one up, since she doesn't, like, write, like she talks. :)


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