Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff


Title: Elixir
Author: Hilary Duff
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult; fantasy, paranormal
Source: paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

As the daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington D.C. politician, Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. And though she dreads the paparazzi who track her every move, she herself is 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, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life. 

When Clea suddenly encounters this man in person she is stunned—and feels an immediate and powerful connection. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance and discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond. 

Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future—and their lives.


My review:

Addictive and un-put-down-able!

Honestly, i was a bit apprehensive about this book. When i first heard about this book i was intrigued and i really wanted to read it, but when i bought it, i wasn’t quite sure. The fact that Hilary Duff wrote it, played a huge part. As a child i was a huge fan on Hilary Duff but i just wasn’t quite sure about her as an author. But nonetheless i decided to give her a shot.

I started the book at 10 p.m. last night and couldn’t put the book down until it was 1.30 a.m. and my eyes were hurting far too much. The book had me hooked from the first chapter and i loved it. The story was simple but at the same time a roller coaster. I could tell major research had been done to put it together. But all good books need to be thoroughly thought out before penned down.

The story is loosely based on the Elixir of Life and reincarnation, which is slowly becoming the new fad (doesn’t mean i don’t like it…in fact i love it). The story is fast paced because there is so much happening on ever page in the book and personally i feel that is what had me hooked, other than the fact that there was a undeniably amazing guy there as well.

Ben (Clea’s bestie) was at times really annoying because he played the part of the older brother and the scorned lover. But i knew he meant well even though he took away page time that could have been rightfully Sage’s (the immortal hottie).

The ending, however, was not a happy one. It was actually cliffhanger-ish. So, i need definitely need to read the next book which Devoted! Also, there is a love triangle, so beware. I personally, don’t enjoy them much because they leave me frustrated but understand why people like them because they make the story more real as there is always a chance to fall in love with to guys. (even though in my opinion you don’t actually love the first guy if you fell in love with the second)

Aspects that left me baffled were: hello! did you not go to find your father? what happened? nothing led to where he was, even though a few questions were answered. i think the next book in the series might reveal some more.

Great read. Grab your copy!


“Clea and I were touring one of the cathedrals in Italy, and in front of the whole tour I go ‘That’s so cute! Look, they have birdbaths in the church!”  – Rayna


“Who are you?” I asked.
“You know who I am,” he replied. “I’m yours.” – Clea/Sage


3 thoughts on “Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff

  1. I am super excited to read this, only because HDuff wrote it. But at the same time, I don’t like it when lovers are established. It’s a dull romance. So I must ponder on this.

    • I get what you mean but with other novels as well, after a few chapters or the beginning ones even, you get an idea of who she/he is going to end up with. This way, they just fast forwarded the whole thing and brought us to the conflict 😛

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