Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff

Genre: Paranormal


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.


I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one. It is creepy to the extreme. I have a love hate relationship with disturbing and unsettling images. I love getting scared yet I hate the lingering hypersensitivity that seems to last for weeks. Hilary Duff's first novel is an intriguing tale combining the idea of each person having a soul mate with the belief in reincarnation. Problems: I was hoping for more character development, and the typical YA cookie-cutter format was distracting. While I absolutely love Hilary Duff, her novel could use some work. I think the chill factor is what is so appealing to me. Her ideas are great, but they need more depth. Having said that, I do think it's worth the read. Elixir is an interesting read, if nothing else. I will definitely read the next in the series.

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Rating: 3out of 5 owls

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