Review: ‘Elixir’ by Hilary Duff

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Elixir’ by Hilary DuffElixir by Hilary Duff
Series: Elixir #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on July 1st, 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher unsolicited
Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life.

The daughter of a renowned surgeon & a prominent politician, Clea has grown to be a talented photojournalist.

But following Clea's father's disappearance, Clea's photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange & beautiful man - a man she has never seen before.

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I was a little wary of reading a novel by a celebrity, but I gave Hilary Duff’s Elixir a chance and surprisingly it was good! The writing is decent aand solid.

We find Clea trying to live a normal life after the sudden disappearance of her father. After her impromptu trip in Paris with best friend Rayna, she finds a boy in every single photo she is in and every photo she has taken. Not to mention she starts to have dreams of him in different lifetimes with her death ending each relationship. Considering the possibility he might be a ghost or her guardian angel, she seeks the help of her other best friend Ben. Since Clea is a photographer she accepts an assignment to photograph Carnival in Rio. Together they venture to Brazil and that’s where she meets Sage. Sage who happens to be wearing her dad’s watch and is also the boy in the photograph. That’s where the story starts to get interesting and Clea goes on a mission to find her father.

I thought her past relationships with Sage were truly interesting, and I wished there were more detail into each one. This book is truly about love. What it means to have a soulmate and what it takes to get someone you love back. Clea is a pretty strong character albeit a horny one. Clea and Sage’s relationship started really quickly but I assumed it’s just because their souls have finally found each other again and they’re picking up their relationship right where they left it.

What does it take to get your soulmate back? I guess I’ll have I find out in her second novel.


You’re feeling insecure because you’re jealous…of yourself. (222)
I also believe in soul mates. Not just as romantic flings, like the guys in Europe, byte true soul mates, destined to be together forever because they’re perfect for each other. (226)
It’s not like I see a place, or a time, or a name: just you. Your essence. Your Sould. That’s how I find you every time you come back I know it’s hard to understand, but your soul calls me…and I’m drawn to it, I couldn’t keep away if I tried. (237)
It was physically painful to break away, not knowing when I’d get to kiss him again. (243)
I had never seen him look hotter. In a sick way, I kind of didn’t want the chase to end. (312)





  1. Erin

    June 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I read this a while back, and I enjoyed it. It definitely isn’t a masterpiece, but it was good summer reading. I wish I could find the rest of the series at a secondhand store, but I’ve had no luck.

    • Giselle

      June 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      I enjoyed it too! Not so bad either. Keep on searching for it!

  2. Susan T.

    February 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    I’ve avoided this book because of the celebrity author but it sounds like it might be okay. I’ll give it a try!

  3. Jaime Lynn

    July 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    It is so nice that a celebrity gets a book deal because she has talent writing, instead of because she is a celebrity!

  4. nurmawati djuhawan

    May 15, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    not yet finished this book…i don’t really like it…

  5. Stella C

    March 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    I was hesitant at first too. I’m glad it was better than what you expected.

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