Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Elixir by Hilary Duff

(Elixir #1)
by Hilary Duff
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."


If some people were sceptical about this book, I was actually very curious to read it; I mean we’re talking about Hilary Duff here! C’mon it’s intriguing!

The book wasn’t bad. In fact, I found it pretty good! The writing was clear and very descriptive, although I did find some of the parts a bit too descriptive. I guess Hilary was trying to let the reader know Clea well enough to relate to her, but I guess that went a little too much.

The plot was put together very well and I admire Hilary Duff’s creativity. However I think she needed to add a bit of excitement in between events. I’m saying this because I found the story a bit too forward. It’s like taking a trip across the country without any pit stops or side trips to add a little fun. Almost more than half of the book was focused on Clea’s thoughts pondering with which decision to make; followed by a sudden pouring of everything that has to do with Sage then BOOM! The end… I felt a bit frustrated there because after revealing Sage’s plan, the mystery of the disappearance of Clea’s father (which was the actual reason for everything in the first place) suddenly didn’t matter. It was left out so plainly in just a snap. Also, the ending really just left me hanging. But then again, there’ll be a 2nd book, so maybe my questions will be answered there and I’m looking forward to it.

I’m eager to see Hilary Duff grow as a writer and enhance her writing ability. She’s brave enough to step in world were she knew people would doubt her and I would like to see what else she can offer us after Elixir.

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