Author: Hilary Duff
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: 1 Star
"Clea Raymond is a talented photojournalist and the daughter of high-profile parents. Usually she's in total control of her camera, but after Clea's father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and handsome 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 was sort of excited to start reading Elixir because I have always been a fan of Hilary Duff, but sadly, Elixir was a bit of a disappointment. The storyline was… cliché… I hate to say it because almost all storylines are, in some way, cliché, but in Elixir is was very obvious. It was hard to get rid of the nagging feeling that the plotline was overdone and unoriginal.
I didn’t really like the way the story was told, either. I felt like the main character, Clea, over-thought everything. This isn’t usually a problem. I am personally a fan of over-thinking, but when the over-thinking is a paragraph full of questions it gets to be annoying. Again, this wouldn’t really be a problem either… had it not been done so many times over so many things, some of them very insignificant.
I did like Clea and could identify with her at times, which is always good. The characters were very likable, aside from her best friend Rayna (I found her annoying with her obsession with romance and soulmates).
Overall: I think this story could have been much, much better had the plot not been so dragged on throughout the first half of the book. The way it was written gets annoying and I disliked it very much. The plot was unoriginal and at times I felt like I should have been watching a cheesy movie rather than reading a book- I feel like the plot would have worked as a cheesy movie much better than it did for this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone picky about their books-anyone who likes original plots and amazing writing- but if you’re just looking for a light read with cute characters and a paranormal romance, give it a try.
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