ELIXIR by Hilary Duff


Age Range: 14 & up
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Ludicrous wish-fulfillment trappings surround immortality, gore and passion. Wealthy, famous teen Clea (homeschooled, but seemingly only so the text can ignore schooling entirely) travels internationally on professional, merit-earned photojournalism assignments. Her senator mother and perfect pal Rayna (gorgeous and unfailingly supportive) can’t make up for the disappearance and presumed death of Clea’s father (“the most renowned heart surgeon in the world”). After Clea discovers a magnetic man brooding in every photo she takes—sometimes impossibly, like suspended in the air—nightmares about dad become whirlwind dream romances with the brooder. In each dream, she’s a woman from the past and dies violently. Pragmatists, stay away: Clea meets Sage (the brooder) and has sex with him while still unsure whether he’s her timeless soulmate or personal serial murderer. When they realize he can prevent her destined bloody death only by committing suicide himself, she faces a choice familiar to genre readers. Nice-guy supporters will resent the bum rap Duff gives to Ben, Clea’s other admirer, but they’re the wrong audience for this purple, obsessive, murderrific series opener. (Paranormal romance/horror. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0853-1
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010


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