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Who are you?” I asked.
“You know who I am,” he replied. “I’m yours.” – Elixir, Hilary Duff

rain-930262_1280Initial thoughts: The moment I see an actor/singer/Kardashian releasing their new novel which they clearly didn’t write, I find myself wondering… exactly what part of the novel was conceptualized/written by the celebrity? When I was a kid, I was a fan of Lizzie McGuire and Hilary Duff’s music. But, how does her book (which was ghost written), Elixir, measure up?

Plot Summary

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.

The Review

I think I knew deep down that even attempting to read this book was a bad idea from the start. Obviously, Hilary Duff isn’t a writer, she is (was?) an actor/singer. But, I thought that the fact that Elise Allen was the ghost writer (i.e: the actual writer), this book would have at least been decently written. Well, I was wrong. 

Clea Raymond (probably Hilary Duff’s alter-ego) is the daughter of a senator and a surgeon. When Clea’s father goes missing and is presumed dead, Clea desperately tries to move on with her life and focus on photography. But, when a mysterious man appears in all of her photographs, Clea decides to investigate.

Basically, this feels as if Hilary Duff tossed a bunch of young adult novels into a blender and combined them to create Elixir. The plotline was unoriginal, and so were the characters. Love triangle? check. Mysterious guy is more interesting than nice guy? Check. Annoying best friend that just won’t go away? Check. Mysterious guy with stalkerish tendencies? Check. This book is pretty much Twilight, The Eternal Ones, and Evermore all wrapped up into one.

Somehow, I ended up finishing the book – which was probably a grave mistake on my part since I shouldn’t have wasted my time. I have read worst young adult novels than this one. There was at least a bit of chemistry between “mysterious guy” and Clea. By the end of the novel, I rolled my eyes at the unnecessary melodrama. This book could have been a decent standalone, but the strange ending made it possible to stretch the series into two additional books. I probably won’t waste my time on the other books, it seems too much like a cash grab. 

There are many excellent young adult novels out there with authors who do not have the benefit of being a celebrity with a household name. What bugs me most about Elixir is that it is a poorly written book which was made popular mostly because Hilary Duff’s name is on the title. If this was written by Jane Doe, chances are, it wouldn’t have been as popular (maybe not even published).

I would not recommend this book. I would recommend The Eternal Ones by: Kirsten Miller instead.

Final Rating:

F means terrible


About the Book

Title: Elixir
Author: Hilary Duff (with Elise Allen)
Series: Elixir (Book #1: Elixir, Book #2:Devoted,Book #3:True)
Year Published:2010
Genres & Subjects: fiction, young adult, romance, fantasy, reincarnation

Until Next Time,