Book Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff with Elise Allen

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

Curiosity more than anything else prompted me to purchase this book. I was a teenager during the time that Hilary Duff was the Disney it girl so you could say we’ve grown up together. The girl is a pretty good actress and she can sing but I was wondering if she could really write a book.

We’ll start with the good: I love that Hilary Duff acknowledges that she had help with the book. She gives the contributor an actual byline and mentions her in the thank you portion stating that she learned a lot from Elise Allen. Good on Hilary for being honest about the fact that she didn’t do it all on her own. So many celebritiy authors claim they didn’t have one speck of help when in reality they did.

I love the cover art.  It’s beautiful and once you read the book you’ll realise it fits in with the story nicely. 

Now onto the bad:  While the plot is stimulating enough, I found it to be too predictable and also I thought it was too much like all the other past-life stories which seem to be quite envogue at the moment.  There were passages where I just got plain bored.  And the leading man just wasn’t swoonworthy enough for me, also I didn’t really feel it was completely explained why he just kept popping up in her photographs, the explaination for that just seemed very airy-fairy.  But good on Hilary for giving it a shot and for having the balls to put her hand up and say ‘hey, you know what?  I actually had a little help’.

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