Book Review of Elixir (Elixir, Bk 1)

Elixir (Elixir, Bk 1)
Elixir (Elixir, Bk 1)
Author: Hilary Duff
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2


As a Hilary Duff fan, I was cautiously optimistic about this novel. After reading and enjoying the excerpt in iBooks, I decided to buy it. I really did enjoy the first half, which was a Barbara Michaels-esque gothic story with fantasy elements, but I found the entire reincarnation track unbelievable and off-putting. The ending was also completely unsatisfying, and the characters started out appealing (Clea and Ben did, at least) but by the end seemed whiny and gloppily sentimental. I actually hated the book so much that I returned it to the bookstore (which they kindly let me do, since I hadn't damaged the spine), something I've never done before.

I may or may not get the next book in the series, but if I do, I'll just check it out from the library, rather than buying it. If you want a really good teen fantasy/suspense novel, take a look at Madeleine L'Engle's brilliant The Young Unicorns, or And Both Were Young for romantic suspense. OR just read a Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters novel (those are mostly appropriate for young adults -- just as appropriate as Elixir, anyway, since it has multiple S-words and a sex scene). At any rate, avoid this book, which really is nearly as bad as the haters claimed it would be.