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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 a multifaceted actress and recording artist whose career began on the popular Disney sitcom Lizzie McGuire. She has since starred in many movies and television series, including Cheaper by the Dozen, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and A Cinderella Story. She has also released three multiplatinum albums, as well as a clothing line for DKNY and a bestselling fragrance. Her humanitarian work is recognized throughout the world and she is actively involved with the charity Blessings in a Backpack. She has served on the President’s Council and was named Youth Ambassador to Colombia. Elixir is her first novel.

©2010 Hilary Duff (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • veronica
  • adkins, tx, United States
  • 04-28-13

yuk yuk yuk

I was broad by this book. I am glad that I did not spend money on this book or I would have been very upset......

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  • Ana
  • Fountain, CO, United States
  • 01-14-12

Great for a book teaser

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would totally recommend Elixir to a friend! I loved the story line here. Hillary did great with setting the scenes and personalities. Then from the first chapter she begins to reel you in to the story with the intrigue of what's really going on.

What other book might you compare Elixir: First Chapter to and why?

I can't really compare it to any other book I've read.

Did Julia Whelan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes she did a great job differentiating the characters. Each character had there own unique personality thateither made you love them or immediately question their integrity and involvement in the story.

Was Elixir: First Chapter worth the listening time?

Yeah it really is worth it, but be prepared to be get hooked and want to listen to the whole book!

Any additional comments?

It's great that she used such unlikely characters and situations mixed in with reality. It have it so much more of an edge and intrigue that constantly kept you guessing what was going to happen next.

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Amazing but...

It was amazing but I wanted the whole book not only the first chapter. I LOVE Julia Whelan's voice.

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extremely intriguing....

I really enjoying it except for the cliff hanger at the end....
this book could have been alot longer and could go into a trilogy with the plot. I hope she continues for sure!

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Interested in finishing.

I am very interested in finishing this book but cannot seem to find the complete story. Otherwise, the story is compelling and I love the descriptive writing.

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this book, written poorly w/ mediocre storyline.

I'm really disliked this story. the writing, story, and the way the story was told. if couldn't listen for more than 10 minutes. really disappointed I used one of my auditable credits on this book.

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Make it stop...

This first chapter is just painful to listen to. Not because of Julia Whelan, she does an amazing job -as always. However this chapter is so cheesy and full of clichés. The writing isn't great, the characters aren't interesting and "soccer" is an American word, a brit would call it "football"...

This book must be written for a very young audience. Perhaps they would enjoy this much more than me, but I find it unsatisfactory. The storyline -which I'm not sure what it is- doesn't pull me in or engage me at all.

I only picked it because it was free and because Ms. Whelan, but I won't be getting the rest of the book.

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  • Stephanie
  • Seneca, SC, United States
  • 01-21-11

Gag-worthy

Thirty-nine minutes of my time wasted on this free chapter are thirty-nine minutes I'd pay to have back. It sounded like the author tried to model her book on every Disney movie she's ever been in, and fell far short. The only part she achieved was the screechy annoying tone of a teenage girl, and that part is probably pretty genuine.

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