Book: Elixer

Featured imageBook: Elixer (2010)
Author: Hilary Duff (co-writer Elise Allen)
Sequels: Devoted (2011), True (2012)

Blurb:

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.

My Opinion:

*WARNING…I HAVE RANTED*

I’ve heard people diss this book and read it today in hopes of saying “Look, you guys, you are way too judgmental.” But sadly, they have proven me wrong. This book is written by a celebrity Hilary Duff in fact. I remember being barely 6-7 years old and watching Lizzie Mcguire. Safe to say, I’m a huge fan of hers and even when the show was over (the ending movie was amazing *.*) I continued following her music and movies. So when I heard she wrote a book, all I could say was “Yay!!!!”
Now I sit here, having finished the book within a matter of 3 hours (yes it was that small) and simple have one question:

This book is nowhere near making it into my recommended list anytime soon. The book starts of with Clea and Rayna in a nightclub in Paris. Apparently, these two seventeen year old’s were on a three week Europe tour…alone. From there itself you find the character building to be bland. You can never relate to any of the characters since they haven’t been built up properly, they have no depth or 3-D quality that makes you connect with them.
After the Paris trip, we are flown back to Connecticut where Clea finds a mysterious guy appearing in most of the photos shes taken on the trip. She becomes paranoid and a little interest is created as the readers wonder about mystery guy. Which is when we are introduced to Ben-her other best friend who is (kind of obviously) in love with her. Now to add on another character: Her mother, the senator who doesn’t mind letting her 17 year old fly around the world with only 1 guy as her companion.
Then we are taken to the carnival in Rio which is where she meets Mystery Guy  and his name is….SAGE!(go ahead and laugh…I did). Turns out he’s a 500 year old guy who is ‘accidentally’ immortal. To add to the plot, he is her soul-mate.
This is where lines start blurring. The story takes a twist from being about her dad to all about Sage and Clea. And their romance is one to read about (not in the good sense) within the time period of a week, she goes from thinking of him as a Stalker to a Serial Killer to her Soul-Mate. Once he is her Soul-mate, she is so obsessive about him that they end up having s-x in the passenger seat of Rayna’s car (and creepy enough, he already had protection.) The plot line just goes down from there.

Ideal For:
Please save yourself the trouble and don’t read this. Unless you liked a book like Evermore…in which case this is perfect for you since they are almost the same thing (Not bashing Evermore, I liked that series). If you are into cliche lines, plots and characters with little personality development or a book that takes you to approximately 4 cities without describing each properly, then you will enjoy this book. Over all, I found the plot line torturing, characters bland, the story way to fast-paced, and grammar and word usage inadequate. You’re free to try the book out if you don’t believe me.

Rating: 1.5 stars

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–As always, comment below to tell me what you think and whether or not you’ll read it…or have read it–

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