DNF – Elixir Hilary Duff

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. (Goodreads Summary)

I got this one through UK Book tours purely because I was intrigued as to whether or not Hilary Duff could produce a good, decent YA novel (or her ghostwriter could as the case may be!) and I was actually impressed with what I read of it. I stopped reading at around 170 pages of 320 or so, I read quite a bit of it and had I not had a crap week for reading time I probably would have finished it. However I woke up on the weekend looked at it and thought “you know what, I can’t be bothered.”
It’s well written, the story is ok but in all honesty everything about it is just average. I wasn’t connecting to the characters, I was bored with the story and thought it was being dragged out so much longer than necessary and I have a million other things I want to read so much more… I know its harsh and I feel bad for giving up on it but I cant be doing reading an entire book that I’m not enjoying when I have loads of others I know I’ll love!
I do think if I was younger, in my teens still, I’d be fine with it, I would have gobbled this book up faster than you can say Lizzie McGuire… (I loved that show so I’ll always have a soft spot for Hilary Duff)  I would have loved it but this is purely the type of thing I read when I was a teen, I loved contemporary books and although there is an element of paranormal in the book it is ultimately a love story I think.
I would recommend this book but I think it suits a certain type of reader. I have friends who would happily read it and enjoy it and I know it’s not a bad book but it’s not a great one either. 

Elixir is Hilary Duffs first YA novel and was published by Simon and Schuster in July 2011, the second in the series, Devoted was released in September. My copy was obtained through UK Book Tours 


  • Hannah Mariska

    I know how you feel when you just can’t be bothered finishing a book – I do feel really guilty though. Shame it wasn’t a book for you, but its good to see an honest review!

  • Bungle

    I love a good honest review, I’m the same.
    The whole ghostwriter thing annoys me, either do it yourself or just don’t. But that said Katie Price has a ghostwriter, Rebecca, and she made rather alot of money doing it.

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