Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Review Source: Library
Synopsis: (from Amazon.ca)
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.
I wanted to like this book, because, I have to say, I really like Hilary Duff. Unfortunately I basically had to force myself to finish it. At the end I was definitely just skimming, and I won’t be picking up the sequel. At the beginning I found ‘Elixir’ quite intriguing, and I liked Clea, even if I didn’t quite understand why she was so famous. The characters weren’t anything special, but the book was enjoyable enough. And then Sage entered the story, and everything fell apart for me. As far as I’m concerned he had no redeeming qualities, no reasons for Clea to fall in love with him. I’m not a fan of past-lives predestined love stories, and nothing about this plot-line convinced me of the story’s merit.
It felt like there was no time for Clea and Sage to get to know each other: Clea simply loved him because he was good looking and because of her dreams. Everything felt drawn out and boring toward the end, even though it was supposed to be the exciting climax. I hate it when I don’t care about the characters or what happens to them, and that’s what I felt with this one. Perhaps people who really like paranormal romance stories with soulmates and predestined love would enjoy this one, but it definitely wasn’t something for me.
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