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.
I’m not big on celebrity books.
I always try to be open to different genres and authors, so last year I tried reading Lauren Conrad’s series and... well, I didn’t like it. I’ll leave it at that. Ever since then, I’ve been kind of iffy on books that are “written” by celebrities, but when I first read the premise for Elixir, it sounded interesting enough and I figured I’d give it a shot.
I’m actually a big Hilary fan (Since I was 8!), so before reading, I made sure I was going into this book completely unbiased.
I started reading Elixir not knowing much about it besides the premise and I’m glad because I was pleasantly surprised. Hilary Duff and her partner Elise Allen did an excellent job drawing you in. The night I started reading I told myself I was only going to read 3 chapters (at most) because I had to wake up early the next morning. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I ended up reading 6 chapters, which I realized is practically half the book (the chapters are long)! It was so hard to put down!
-I really loved that the action/mystery happened right away. There are a lot of books that take a while to get into, and though I initially thought this might be one of them, I was immediately hooked instead.
-I enjoyed all the characters, but I especially liked Rayna, Clea’s best friend. She wasn’t in the entire book, but when she was around, her comic relief was great.
-Like most first installments, Elixir felt like a setup for the next books. It was an interesting start, but I felt there could’ve been more... story, I guess. I loved what I read, though.
-Ring, ring! We have yet another, cliff-hanger. I’m really beginning to HATE series. I can’t wait a whole year for the next book! I am an incredibly impatient person and it’s driving me crazy how many books I’m currently waiting for. Ugh. /endrant
Note: Above all, this is a romance story. A reincarnation-romance story. So if you have a problem with the whole girl-instantly-falling-in-love-with-guy type story, just know that since reincarnation is a big part of the novel, the romance is not entirely superficial as it may sound.
Overall, I was really impressed with this book. My expectations weren’t that high to begin with, but that changed for the next book. I can’t wait to read what will happen next to Clea, Sage, Ben and Rayna. I’ve never read a book about reincarnation but after Elixir, I’m on the lookout for more. If you have any recommendations, feel free to share!
I hardly ever give a 5 heart-rating to the first books in a series, but I really enjoyed this one. Though, it may have been because I had zero expectations. If you read this one, let me know what you think.
Elixir will be in stores next Tuesday, October 12 and I highly suggest picking up a copy!