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Hilary Duff rose to fame when she stared in the Disney channel series Lizzie Maguire in 2001. Since then she has released several solo music albums, all of which have gone platinum and appeared in several films. The Hilary Duff "brand" now includes clothing and perfume, and she has recently returned to the small screen with a guest role in the hugely successful Gossip Girl series.
Gr 9 Up-Clea Raymond, 17, lives a charmed life. She travels the world with her best friend, Rayna, partying in countries near and far. Her mother is kept busy by her work as a United States Senator, but she loves her daughter with all her heart. And Clea has a cute guy trailing her every move-her bodyguard/voice of reason, Ben. Everything would be just perfect, except for the fact that her beloved father, a world-renowned surgeon, has gone missing while on a humanitarian mission in Rio. She can't stop thinking about him and his disappearance, and one night she stumbles onto something that might help her find him. Looking through photos she took on vacation, Clea notices a strange man who lurks in the background of every picture. Then, she starts having dreams about him. She's always a different woman in a different time period with him-and she always dies a brutal death. With the help of Ben, Clea travels to Rio to try and figure out the mystery behind her father's disappearance and the identity of the stranger in her pictures and her dreams. This entertaining book has a good mix of romance and suspense with a little reincarnation thrown in for good measure. Clea is caught up between the love she feels for the mystery man and the feelings she starts to have for Ben. Yet she soon figures out that there's more to this love triangle than she realizes. The fast-paced story will keep readers turning the pages until the very end, which hints of a sequel. Even those not impressed by the author's star power will enjoy this tale of love across the ages.-Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Hilary Duff's Elixir is good medicine. a novel this good is just begging for a big-screen adaptation. After gulping up "Elixir," I'm ready for another dose." -Amy Wilkinson at MTV.com "I can honestly say that when I came to the last page of the novel I was sad. I didn't want the story to end, and am excited at the thought of a second novel. Clea's story is so captivating that i felt like i was living in her world and watching it unfold before my eyes. Elixir is so far the best book I've read in 2010!" -Alex at "Twilight Series Theories" "The dialogue was great. I really connected with it, because as a teen I know what it's like to read a forced attempt of an adult trying to sound like a teen--and there was none of that in this book. Hilary's voice was great! I loved the fluidity of her words." -Esmerelda at "Dreamz of a YA Writer" "Elixir will work...for fans of Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy: ...the dream elements, the idea of the incubus, and the mystery will appeal to these readers." -stacked.blogspot.com "HilaryDuff has given paranormal a whole new spin. "Elixir"""has a fresh voice, greatplot twists and an ending that left me wanting the next book in the series...when [both] the plot twists and the love triangle intensify with Clea, Sage and Ben, Iwas hooked and couldn't stop reading it. A powerful centuries-old secretreveals some character twists, uncovers a great mythology and makes for afascinating plot." -mundiemoms.com