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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Hilary Duff with Elise Allen
Originally Published: 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Received from publisher

The Story

Clea Raymond found her soulmate in mysterious and handsome Sage, and discovered they have loved each other through many past lives, all of which ended tragically. Clea wants nothing more than to prevent history from repeating itself and to be with her true love. But there are dark forces in the world: people who want to destroy Sage and the elixir that makes him immortal.

Sage has been taken, yet Clea is certain he is still alive and will stop at nothing to find him. She turns to her friend Ben, and they enter into an uneasy alliance with Cursed Vengeance, an ancient faction that has information that can lead them to Sage. Clea must get to Sage before Cursed Vengeance does, or risk his death at their hands. But Ben’s role in Sage’s kidnapping – and in their past lives – leaves Clea questioning whether Ben can be counted on. Just when they get closest to their goal, the events around her make Clea wonder if she’s really saving Sage . . . or if she’s leading them to repeat their disastrous pasts all over again.

The Response

I should’ve read this months ago when the publisher first sent it to me. Instead, it’s been sitting in the TBR pile watching me (or so it felt), so it’s a bit of a relief that I finally picked it up.

Once I picked it up, I definitely had a hard time putting it down again. I will say this about the series – the books are certainly extremely easy to jump into. Typically it takes me a few chapters to really get into the pace of the book, to get to know the characters, but in this case, as soon as I started reading it I found the book exciting and enjoyable.

It picks up almost immediately after the last book ended off – some time has past, with Clea moping in bed because OMG Sage is her true love and she isn’t spending all her time with him and even if they were they would be doomed because she’s always died horrible deaths, blah blah blah. But I’m quite happy we skipped that part, because even the part of that which we saw annoyed me. In fact, Clea annoyed the freakin heck out of me for the majority of the book… but that’s only because I have absolutely no patience for characters (or people) who do nothing but moan over the fact that they aren’t with their One True Love and just mope in bed all day. Urgh.

But! The best part about this book was the introduction of four new characters – four characters who drank the elixir of life way before Sage did, and whose bodies have completely deteriorated… but because they’re immortal, they’ve found a way for their consciousness to survive without their bodies. They were horrible and wonderful and cool and so much more interesting than anyone else in the novel! I think I’d read a series of books just about Amelia. Forget Clea, gimme more Amelia.

The Bottom Line

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first (too much angst!), but it was still pretty enjoyable. Will I continue with the series? I hope so!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:46 am March 28, 2012.
Category: Young Adult
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  • Kailana

    I have been hearing a lot about how people were surprised by how good the first book was, but then their interest sort of faded with the later book.