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Elixir

by Hilary Duff

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | May 14, 2013 | Hardcover

Elixir is rated 3.5556 out of 5 by 9.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.39 in

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442408537

ISBN - 13: 9781442408531

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it I wasn't expecting this book to be amazing, seeing it's written by an actress who I would have thought had no experience in writing, but it turns out, I enjoyed this book and I really give Hilary kudos because this was her first novel and it was great! I picked up this book at Chapters in the '$5.99' sale section. It looked fairly good, and for that price I thought I might as well try it out. I think the characters are really great, the plot is enticing, (at times a bit boring but not too much), and the setting was great, I didn't find it too descriptive or lacking. I really think Hilary should keep on working on her writing and maybe pursue it further in the future. I think she has nice potential to be a great author with some help. C:
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Done Before Once I read the little blurb about the book, I felt like I've read it before. And I have. Has anyone heard of Evermore by Alyson Noel and her series, the Immortals? It is exactly the same concept, except that this novels focuses a lot more on the Elixir of Life than the reasons for the reincarnations. As I enjoyed the Immortals series, I thought I would give Elixir a try because there is one major difference between the books that I found interesting. The disappearance of Clea's dad. That was covered in the little blurb so I really wanted to know what happened to him. I was disappointed though because there isn't much revealed about her dad's disapperance. If you've read the Immortals series before, great, then I don't have to go into depth about the summary. Almost the same, except a bit more creepy as Sage appears in photographs and not in person at Clea's school. If she went to a school. This is the second immortal themed book I read, and I was a bit disappointed in Alyson Noel's novels because they got too complicated and off topic. Elixir started off as a book searching for Clea's missing dad, but all of a sudden we're brought to Sage and the Elixir of Life. I get that it's a good connection, but whatever happened to her dad is forgotten. I'm a bit disappointed in Elixir as there was much more potential in the story that could have made it stand out compared to the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. Except, Elixir follows the exact same path, making it complicated and off topic from the original idea.There are differences between the two series, but in all Elixir is a ripped off rewrite of Evermore.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read. I read this when it first came out and, although the character is unrealistic and takes plane rides at a whim, home schooled with money to spare and is completely grounded, its still a good read. There was action and suspense at every turn and even things you would not have expected. At one point in the novel I was actually freaked out because of the way she described a scene. Although I really liked it I felt it was left unfinished and at the time I did not know she planned another one. Thankfully there will be another to the series to hopefully tie everything up.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping So first off I'll admit I'm a closet Hilary Duff fan, so I was prepared to have to justify to friends why I was reading this book with something along the lines of "Well I just loved A Cinderella Story sooo much." Needless to say that will not be necessary, I was quite impressed with how quickly the story picked up pace and never slowed down. While I'll admit that at times it almost seemed like she was stretching at times to sound... literary? I'm not quite sure how to explain it. Overall the story was quite interesting and the characters were well thought out and likeable... that being said I seem to recall Clea not having been described, so I read the entire book just imagining Hilary in her place, maybe I missed something. It's quite possible. Anyways I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a good read that isn't quite your typical "supernatural" novel.
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Great! Before you scoff at the fact that Hilary Duff wrote a novel, hear me out. Yes, I did pick this up because she wrote it and I was curious. And I’m glad I did. The story just drew me in from the get-go and I wanted to keep on reading to see what would happen next. It’s been a year since Clea’s father disappeared in Rio, so when she gets contracted for a job in Rio, she jumps on the opportunity, dragging her friend and international guide, Ben, along with her. I loved the relationship between these two. To Clea they are just great friends, even though it’s blatantly obvious Ben wants to be more. Either way, he was a great friend to her and very protective. It was cute. And then there’s Sage, the mysterious, random guy that’s been showing up in her pictures when it’s impossible he was really there when she took them. I liked Sage because I was never sure if he could really be trusted. As soon as we found out he knew something about Clea's father’s disappearance, I was on and off about him and his intentions. He was very hot and cold, but it really worked for the story. In the majority of the book, Clea, Sage, and Ben are following clues left by Clea’s father, that are supposed to lead them to the Elixir of Life. They jet around the world, from Rio, to Clea’s home in Connecticut, to New York, then Japan. It’s a wild adventure and it’s fun to take with Clea and the two boys. The one thing that felt really unresolved for me, was Clea’s father’s disappearance. It was the reason she went to Rio in the first place. Sage said her father was still alive and could help find him, but once they found clues about the Elixir of Life, that whole objective kind of went on the back burner. Looking for the Elixir was exciting, and the ending was great, but I still would have liked there to be more about her father’s disappearance in the end. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was skeptical about Hilary Duff’s writing, and I have to say it’s not the best writing ever, but it’s not bad either. The story is exciting and new (I don’t know who else has written about the Elixir of Life), and I’m glad I picked it up. I can’t wait for the next book, because I definitely has some unresolved feelings.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I have to say that I didn’t really want to read a book of Hilary Duff but my sister told me about this book and how good it was. So I have to agree it was very good. This book has some great surprises, some great twist and turn that you don’t expect and more… I actually can’t wait for the 2nd book now. Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intriguing I was very eager to read this book when I first saw Hilary Duff promoting it. It is a very easy read. The first few chapters were very well written and VERY exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. However, as the book seemed like it may be coming to an end (I had about 20 pages left and there was still crazy action going on) the story started to get much weaker.....Personally, I hate books that end abruptly with no closure whatsoever....just like this one. I was startled with the ending which left so much (too much?) to the imagination. This is an ideal book fora sequel, so hopefully that will happen. Overall; an exciting story but not so great ending.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great start to Hilary Duffs writing career i have to say the wait for this book was worth it. Yes this book was slow to get to the point but when it does get to the point it keeps you wanting more, the cliff hanging ending is making me die for more!!
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was acually very, very good. I was not sure about it at the store, but the story line was good, and you could really bond with the characters. However, it seems like another book will be coming to sum the whole thing up. Hilary should be congratulated on her first amazing book!
Date published: 2010-11-17

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Elixir

by Hilary Duff

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.39 in

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442408537

ISBN - 13: 9781442408531

About the Book

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.

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one I COULDN’T BREATHE. Wedged in the middle of an ocean of people, I gasped for air, but nothing came. The heat from a million writhing bodies radiated over me, their sweat weighing down the air. I searched anxiously for an escape, but painfully bright lights strobed on and off, clouding my sense of direction. I was losing it. I was going to pass out. I forced in a deep breath and tried to talk myself down. I was fine. It wasn’t like I was anywhere dangerous. I was on a dance floor, in the most exclusive nightclub in Paris. People lined up all night in the freezing cold for even a chance to stand where I was now. It didn’t help. The techno beat thrummed into my brain, five notes repeating over and over and over until I knew I’d have to scream. The crowd pushed even closer and I couldn’t move my arms, could barely turn my head, and I had a sudden vision of this being forever, an eternity packed in this tiny space as confining as a coffin. Like my father’s coffin. Did he have a coffin? Was he even buried? Did anyone even know when he died? Was he alone, lost in the jungle? Was he attacked by animals? Was he found and tortured? Had he prayed for us to save him before it was too late? That did it. Now I was hyperventilating. I closed my eyes and forced my arms up and apart, swimming for dear life through layers of writhing, grinding bodies. I nearly cried when I felt a burst of winter air on my face. I’d made it out to the balcony. I sta
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From the Publisher

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.

Editorial Reviews

"[Hilary Duff has] pen[ned] a thoroughly engaging read. After gulping up Elixir, I''m ready for another dose."

-MTV.com

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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