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Elixir - Hilary Duff, Elise Allen Book Review completed by YA Fantasy Guide staff reviewer, Brittany. Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington D.C. 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.Hilary Duff is one of my favorite singers, she is also my favorite actress, now she has a book out, and I thought it was perfect, because she hasn’t come out with anything for a long time. I was surprised how good this was! I’m so glad this was an amazing book! I will totally read it again and again.Hilary did such a great job with this book, her characters were very believable, and she made me think I was actually in the book. Going through everything Clea was going through, and because I was in her mind so much, I felt like I could actually tell what she was thinking before she would say it. Clea was just a normal girl trying to make a living with her photo journalism job that lets her go around the world (something I would love to do). She takes her best friend Ben around where ever she goes. She isn’t anything but human but when Sage comes around she starts to question that. Her dad is missing and she goes around the world connecting clues to this magical elixir to help find him, and she finds out a big secret about her life...she also finds out about the creeper in her photos who turns out to not be a creeper at all just a guy stuck with a rotten fate. One of my favorite characters is Sage, because he’s the brooding, dark haired gorgeous guy, that I would love to get to know, if you know what I mean(wink wink). His past is something, that I personally couldn’t live with. He’s had a very tough, and long life to go through. What he has gone through makes me wanna cry and jump in the book and give him a huge hug and make him forget all about his past. For a while Clea helps him to do that, but what breaks that all apart is that is are these secret groups of people that are looking for them. It just depends on who gets there first, that determines what is going to happen to Sage. Both of these groups are vicious. They either want to use Sage as an animal in a cage, or try to kill him. Another other one of my favorite characters is Ben! I would love to have a best friend like him, because he’s the perfect guy I would want as a friend! He’s quirky, funny, and sarcastic, and a great guy to talk to about anything! When Clea told him about the creeper in her photos he didn’t think she was crazy, he believed her and even told her a few secrets of his own. I also feel bad for him because he is the friend that the girl doesn’t choose in the love triangle.I love how Hilary intertwined the past, with what was going on in the future, and how that affected Clea, Sage and Ben’s life now. No matter how hard they tried to keep it from happening, it happened anyway without them noticing it until after it happened. This was a great book! I recommend it to anyone! Not just because I’m a Hilary Duff fan. If I didn’t like Hilary Duff, I would still love this book because of how well its written.