Book Review: Elixir, Hilary Duff, Elise Allen

Elixir (Elixir, #1)Elixir by Hilary Duff

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Summary: 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.

Review:

2/8/17:

Wow, that was actually terrible. Rtc.

2/9/17:

How Elixir Should Have Ended: A Review

(Things in italics are quotes straight from the book, but the rest is all mine. I do this just as a joke because while this book was entertaining, it was also kind of…bad.)

He was grinning. The chase fueled him. Adrenaline lit up his eyes, and his muscles tensed as he pushed himself and the car to their limits.

I had never seen him look hotter. In a sick way, I kind of didn’t want the chase to end.

“Hold on!” Sage cried. We were out of the alleys now. He raced the car to top speed before whirling a three-sixty, sending three more cars piling into one another.

Sage caught my eye. “Heart pounding yet?”

It was…and I got the sense he knew exactly why. He smiled- and gunshots brought his attention back to the chase. I breathlessly watched him through several more minutes of death-defying driving until we’d lost every car that was after us.

We were speeding up a mostly clear expressway now, not a tail in sight.

“Um, Sage?” Ben finally said. He still looked sick, but the color had started to return to his face. “Where are we going?”

“Kujukuri Beach,” he said. “About forty-five minutes away, and pretty secluded at this hour. We’ll stop for some wood and a lighter…put us there about eleven-thirty.”

Sage said it lightly, but I knew better. I wasn’t surprised, but it still made my blood run cold.

“Really?” Ben said. “Shouldn’t we just stop somewhere and figure out our next move?”

Clearly, Ben was still thrown from everything that had happened. He didn’t understand.

“Sage has figured out our next move,” I said.

“Okay…what is it?”

“It starts now,” Sage said. “We’re heading to the beach to release the dagger.”

Ben looked at me and raised an eyebrow. I nodded at him, and we sat in silence for a few more minutes. After a while, I heard Ben start to speak.

“You guys,” Ben finally said, “I can’t stop thinking about what we saw..about what I did…”

“Damn right you can’t,” I said. “How could you do that? In every freaking life? Seriously, man, what the hell?”

“I don’t know! I didn’t ask for any of it to happen, but that just makes it worse,” he said morosely, head in his hands. “I can’t even trust myself.”

“My god, stop whining!” I snapped, completely done with his attitude. I had my own plan, and Ben wasn’t going to ruin it.

When Sage came back, we kept driving all the way to the beach. It got darker, and darker, until we finally reached and got out. We all walked down the beach in silence, until we were standing right at the edge of the ocean.

I knew it was time to act. It was now or never.

I pulled the gun that I’d grabbed before I left home (in the one minute that I was left alone) and shot Ben in the knee, ignoring his cry of pain as he collapsed onto the sand. Then, I pointed the gun straight at Sage, only to find that there was another gun pointed at me.

“Clea,” he said flatly. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

“Breaking the cycle,” I said. “I refuse to die horribly because of you two this time.”

His jaw tightened as he clenched his teeth, but didn’t say anything. We stood like that for what seemed like ages, stuck in a standoff, waiting for someone to make the first move while Ben still shook on the ground. Finally, I got tired of waiting.

I took the shot, and out of reflex, so did Sage.

The End!

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