Elixir by Hilary Duff

Rating: 1
Writing: 1
Plot: 1.5
Characters: 1

Theme: Reincarnation

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.

Ugh.  This book is so not worth it.  I bought it on sale and thought I should try it even though Hillary Duff wrote it.  I liked her in a few films but she can’t write well, no offense.  The characters aren’t well written, the writing had no wow factor and the whole premise of the book is overdone.

Clea is really stupid.  No offense but she really can’t take a hint or give one.  We all knew she was reincarnated and dreaming about it…everyone except her.  Her narrative is otherwise okay, but she’s a Mary Sue and she’s pretty annoying.  Rayna is so annoying.  I don’t understand what Clea likes about her; she’s promiscuous, stupid, irresponsible and she’s obviously delusional.  She never gives Clea space and needs to know everything going on with her; it’s very over-the-top and I wouldn’t be friendly with someone like that.  The connection with her and Clea seems very forced, because in the book Clea keeps saying how Rayna knows her so well.  The fact that she has to point that out takes away from the dynamic of their friendship and the writing; no show-don’t-tell.  Ben is annoying because he’s so protective and obviously in love with Clea.  He’s the best friend and Clea is leading him on a bit.  Sage is a jerk.  I don’t see him and Clea together and he doesn’t deserve her; she sees him as perfect but he isn’t and he’s not that nice to her.  I don’t like their relationship and I think that Clea deserves better and Sage needs to move on.  I don’t see Clea and Ben together, though.

Clea is delusional.  Her narration is inconsistent, her feelings are all over the place and she fell for Sage too quickly.  I had a hard time mostly with the writing, though.  The details were unneeded and there was no show don’t tell.  I couldn’t connect with such whiny, annoying characters and their first world problems.  The story is only interesting towards the end and Save is often too vague.  I did not enjoy this book a s I will not be reading the next one.

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