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Elixir by Hilary Duff

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442408593
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Elixir , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 344,680
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hilary Duff is a multifaceted actress and recording artist whose career began on the popular Disney sitcom Lizzie McGuire. She has since appeared in many films and TV series, including a guest appearance on Gossip Girl. She has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide and has a clothing line, Femme for DKNY, and a bestselling fragrance, With Love…Hilary Duff, for Elizabeth Arden. Hilary’s humanitarian work is recognized throughout the world, and she is actively involved with many different charities benefitting children and animals. She has served on The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was named ambassador to the youth of Bogatá, Colombia. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Elixir, Devoted, and True.

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Elixir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 421 reviews.
DakAdara More than 1 year ago
The beginning of this book is well thought out and written. Though I am thoroughly unsatisfied with the second half of this book. The main character suddenly decides she is in love with no preamble or even much dialouge with Sage. Not to mention the photograth mystery is never explain. Just an errant thought about what it might be and nothing more. Even worse was the ending which in no way tied up the main issue of the book which is finding Clea's father. Actually this concept is given up after finding the place where her father's clues ran out. How could a person give up with no thought other than of Sage? I personally would not continue to read this if a sequel came out. To many loose ends leaving the reader questing.
CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
When you think of Hilary Duff, you automatically think 'Lizzie McGuire', right? So, it's probably weird for you to think that she's written a book--well, at least, I did. Elixir was captivating, and not anything that I'd imagine Hilary Duff could write. I'm not dissing her, but it's just that I thought this would be some stupid story about a snobby-rich girl. True, the main character, Clea, was rich, but I didn't get the sense that she was snobby at all. She was a pretty cool protagonist, and I liked her rational-way of thinking. To be honest, she thought things out more thoroughly than I would have! Me, I would have jumped and freaked at just about every turn of events (I mean, taking a snapshot of your room and seeing some strange dude standing in your closet would have me screaming like a banshee and running out of the house). True, the story line kind of reminded me of Alyson Noel's Immortals series a little bit, but I filed all my negative comments away, in order to stop comparing all the characters. The book was entrancing, and I finished it in under a day. I enjoyed it through-and-through, and although the ending is a little disappointing, I think there is going to be a second one in the near future (although I can't find any information on it...yet). I suggest that every person who likes strange tales of love give this book a try. Set aside your views/opinions on the new author, and give her a shot (without envisioning Lizzie Maguire's little animated character writing this book on an overly-sized computer).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible! I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was written and how good of a story it is. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It's a fast read, but no less satisfying for it. It is a paranormal romance, for those who questioned what type of book it is. The characters were well developed and believable. The plot was original and the love story heartwarming. If you like the paranormal romance genre, then you will love this book. The ending was definitely left open for a sequel and hopefully, a series. I am anxiously anticipating news of a second book, and the book itself thereafter. Two thumbs up for Hilary! She knocked this one out of the park!
PerfectiiOnx More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. When I read it I felt it resembled The book Evermore. It had a great plot but, not something I recommend. I haven't read Devoted and, I'm not in a hurry, sorry to all the Hillary Duff fans! This book was just a quick read for me to pass time in social studies each day. . . It never left my locker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feeql like this book is very good, if the peolpe of the internet think its good then it must be good-btw if my best friend is out there on her nook and hs read this i would really like 4 you to respond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was well written and a good main idea, but the ending was terrible. There should be a second book. If you are wondering what the paint thing is about here it is. Clea has had different lives before this 1 and so has sage. Everytime they fell in love and yet sage got caught and died. So sage painted his dreams or past lives. That is why clea says she has seen those people in her dreams. That is also why they fell in love.
kitty732 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. There is something new or suprising on every page. You never want to put the book down. I would strongly reccommend reading this if you like a fiction and romance novel.
rxlyg More than 1 year ago
So I am 22 years old and read this book. YES this book has its flaws and at times I feel like it was rushed a little bit. But did you forget Hilary Duff is originally and actress/singer NOT A WRITER- she herself has admitted to it- with that being said IT WAS A GOOD BOOK!! I think the whole idea of it is quite interesting and new! The flaws that this book has, only allows you to use your imagination into wondering what happened or what will happen! That's what books are mainly about!I personally enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the sequel.
Sydney Toschlog More than 1 year ago
I have read hundreds of books, but this book may be my favorite! It was well written and captivating. Of course there were some flaws; however, the novel had a great story line, was well organized, and was overall a great first novel! I was skeptical at first but was pleasantly surprised; I highly recommend this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book front to back on a flight home. I could NOT put it down! I was so oblivious to my surroundings when i was reading it, and i really felt like i was in the book, like i was Clea. This book is captivating and enticing & has great romance flair. I pre-ordered the sequel Devoted in May, and i cannot wait for it to arrive!!! I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!
DreamReads More than 1 year ago
This was a really quick and fun read for me. I know a lot of people have been skeptical about reading this book because they see Hilary Duff is the author they don't trust celebrity books. Well let me tell you guys - she did a good job. Hilary Duff and her collaborator/writing partner for this book (Elise Allen) have created a beautifully, well crafted story. Elixir is full of mystery, suspense, romance, and action. The writing in Elixir is very short and to the point. There is a good mix of description and dialogue and everything flows pretty nicely. Clea, the main character, is a likable character. She's smart, has well defined goals, and has a good heart. She is a good friend and daughter. There is a love triangle in this book and boy is it complicated. Well at the beginning you think it's simple. It's like oh okay, shes stuck between new mysterious hot guy and her guy friend who is crushing on her but she doesn't realize it, type of love triangle which makes you go: "Oh, i've seen this before." Well, not so much. When you realize along the development of the story that there is reincarnation and immortality involved in the this book, the love triangle gets much more complicated and I loved reading about it. What I really liked about this book was that there was a lot of traveling in the story. While Clea is working as a photojournalist and trying to figure out about the mysterious disappearance of her dad, and a guy who keeps up on showing on her pictures - she gets to travel practically around the globe. And this is where Hilary's background as an actress and singer probably shows because she's traveled around the world through her music and acting career and the descriptions of the places that Clea ends up in, really felt real. The secondary characters in this book are very well developed. I loved Clea's mom, her best friend Rayna, her best guy friend Ben and Sage who is her main love interest. The villains in this book are not quite who you expect and I really liked that. It was interesting to read. The paranormal elements in this book were of course, my favorite part of the book, I have to say. You have a mix of reincarnation, dreams, immortality and magic. How it all ties into Clea's life and her dad's disappearance and the guy who keeps up showing in her pics is really intriguing. But with that - a lot of things were still not clarified by the ending. Hilary ended the book with a huge cliffhanger and a very confused MC (main character) which is why I'm super excited for the sequel to Elixir which comes out in October of this year and is called Devoted.
Kendra Rider More than 1 year ago
I was 12 when I first read this novel and it was not appropriate for my age group, even being mature for my age. I really enjoyed the overall story and the fact that it was by Hilary Duff. BUT, there are a few uncomfortable and mature happenings for a 6th grader to be reading. It is definitely more age appropriate for me reading it the second time around. Overall great story...but a disappointing ending which is okay because she is having a sequel come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good! Once I started reading it I could not put it down!!! It is very captivating and very well writen!! I first picked it up because hilary duff wrote it but one I started reading it in the store I was there for an hour! I highly recommend this book!!!!
karen houston More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, filled with thrill and excitement. I read this book in two days. It it filled with suspense and drama. The only word i can say is truely, amazing. I really hope she makes a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only have two more chapters to read to finish this book and thank goodness! This book is not what I expected at all! It's kind of all over the place. You're thinking things are one way and then they turn out to be something different. From what I've been reading it's pretty stupid and not at all logical. I wouldn't even call it a love story. It's definitely not one of those "I can't put this book down" type of books. I'll probably finish it tonight just because of the fact that I want to get it over with already. To me it seems like this book was "rushed", like Duff and Allen just wrote down anything to get it out there already. There really isn't any thought into this book. It's just nonsense! Don't waste your money if you're interested in this book! Just go check it out at the library! I'm even gonna stop following her on Twitter for convincing me to buy this lame book! lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised when I saw the cover and even more the name of the author which is none other than my childhood hero and favorite singer Hilary Duff. This book inspries me how the details work and also the seductive mystery as I turn the page. Hilary Duff has really went the extra mile in this book I can't wait for her to continue this story.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Wow all I have to say is that this book is awesome and a great read. I have to admit Hilary Duff is a pretty good writer. I felt like I was actually a part of Clea’s life throughout this whole book. The story that Hilary crafted with the help of Elise Allen is mesmerizing. Clea is a talented photojournalist. I felt sad for Clea whenever she talked about her dad. You can so see that Clea wants to be close to her mom but that she was closer to being a dad’s girl. This is especially noticeable in the way that she looks for what truly happened to her dad. She doesn't really have that super close connection to either of her parents with them being gone most of the time. She is close to Rayna, her best friend, because they are both born on the same day and they live together on the same property that her parents own. The two are so close that they can tell when the other is lying to the other or when the other is upset. Rayna is the one that pushed her to follow her feelings between Ben, a guy that is a friend/bodyguard-type of person that her parents hired for her photojournalist trips, and the one that has been showing up in Clea's pictures. Clea is a pretty stubborn person when it comes to certain parts of her life such as her photojournalist assignments, to getting her pictures taken, to her love life, and of course about her dad. I am glad that I read this book finally (as it has been on my to read shelf for a while), to me it is worth ten butterflies as a rating, if I had a rating like that, but five butterflies rating works. If anyone asked me about this book for a recommendation I would tell them that the book was awesome and that they should give the book a try. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read my other book reviews please go to my blog site: baronessbooktrove.com
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onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Curiosity got me interested in this one, and when I saw it at a thrift store, I was more than willing to snag a copy. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and if Hilary Duff could pull off writing a book. I thought there would be more substance to this novel but there was little to be gleaned. Clea was so ridiculous. She takes a lot of pictures, and while she’s looking through them she notices someone in the background. Who is that mysterious stranger? Oh my god, he’s in all the pictures! Oh my god, I think he’s my soul mate! Wait, WHAT?! And then her BFF gets on the ‘soul mate’ bandwagon. When Clea meets the mysterious stranger, Sage, the story just goes everywhere and nowhere. Let’s travel everywhere for mysterious reasons. And then the two of them admit that they’re in love with each other. Go figure. Elixir was a predictable and formulaic cliché. I was not impressed in the slightest. It made me realize for sure that I am not interested in anything paranormal anymore. You can only do the star crossed lovers in a paranormal setting so much before it either gets boring or too ridiculous. My Rating: It's okay
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I have always loved Hilary Duff, and admit I bought the book without even seeing whag it was about just interested in it...I honestly didn't even realize she was the author until I bought it...I was blown away by her storytelling, vocabulary, ability to draw you in. Usually, I draw out buying new books...I bought books 2 & 3 before I even finished book 1. Then, I taught my body to sleep even less than I already do (which is saying something), as well as learning how to do all my work tasks while leaning my iPad and nook in whatever random position I could to read while working... I was so wrapped up in her world...I wanted to eat, sleep & bleed Clea, Sage, Rayna & Ben... Do yourself a favor...read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me in suspense. Never read such a great story.. and better is, it finishes in the most annoying part so you have to read another novels to find out what happened next! Love it!