Lizzie McGuire was my life, so when I found out Hilary Duff had written a book, a young adult-paranormal book no less, I knew I wanted to read it. Sure, I was skeptical, but excited nonetheless, especially after I learned what it was about. Elixir was released last week and leading up to its release, I had read pretty favorable reviews, which further fueled my excitement. What I found in Elixir was an extremely fast-paced story that wrapped its words around me and didn’t let me go until I read the very last sentence.
Ms. Duff and Elise Allen both worked on writing the story. Together, they have delivered likable characters, fluid dialogue, and descriptions that make scenes come alive. I really liked the way each character, even some of the supporting ones, were fleshed out in quick, but subtle ways. Rayna, Clea’s best friend, isn’t in the story the entire time, but her personality rang loud and clear, making her not only likable, but believable. I hope to see more of her in the sequel!
Clea, the main character and narrator, is also likable. Despite her wealthy lifestyle, she’s not the usual mean girl who flaunts her wealth. Her social status is merely something in her life and other than that, she’s a pretty normal girl. I enjoyed seeing the story through her eyes and her feelings are conveyed clearly and successfully in the sense that I felt the things she was feeling. I even got creeped out like she did in the beginning! 🙂
Another character I enjoyed was Piri, Clea’s nanny/housekeeper. She’s extremely superstitious, but her appearances in the novel provided a bit of comic relief from the mystery/drama. I’m curious to know if all of her superstitions are actually real.
The romance in Elixir was okay. It wasn’t epic, but it certainly wasn’t boring either. Although Clea and Sage have known each other in past lives, I didn’t feel their connection. Like so many YA couples, I felt their current relationship was founded more on physical attraction and on the fact that they were “soulmates”. They may have known each other in past lives, but they hardly know each other in their current ones and I hope we see more interaction between them as the story continues to unfold. What I really loved, however, was the way Clea understood Sage in regards to the way she analyzes him in her photos.
Overall, I was thoroughly surprised by how engaging and exciting Elixir is! It was one of those books that held my attention the entire time and not once did I feel like the pacing needed to pick up. Although the romance and the ending didn’t send me over the moon, I still really enjoyed reading this and I encourage everyone to do so! I cannot wait to see what Hilary Duff and Elise Allen have in store for the sequel!
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(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)