Saturday, 3 December, 2011 12:28 PM
Duff's sophomore novel, Devoted, makes a great holiday
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Duff autographed copies of her second book, Devoted,
for her fans at the Barnes & Noble store at The Grove
in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2011.
Duff is best known as an actress, musician and entrepreneur. Many
people I spoke with didn’t know she was an author. Simon &
Schuster released her first book, Elixir, on Oct. 12, 2010.
Then, the sequel, Devoted, was published on Oct. 11, 2011.
The second book begins where the first book left off. Both are all
works of fiction.
I received an advanced
copy of the book from the publisher for the review. Having not read
the first book, it was a little hard to follow. If you only read
the first four chapters, you will probably be lost too. However,
keep reading. The fifth and sixth chapters will explain what happened
in the first four.
Devoted focuses on a
girl named Clea Raymond, who is pursuing a photojournalism career.
The book opens as she is riding her horse named Roosevelt. Clea’s
father died and she is visiting his memorial. She goes on a long
journey to look for her soul mate, Sage.
There are two voices
in this book. The chapters in plain text are the words of Clea.
However, the chapters in italics are the words of Amelia, a woman
that is trying to encourage Clea to move on. Amelia can only be
heard, not seen.
Anyone who drinks the
elixir of life will have his or her lifetime extended by thousands
of years. It also magically repairs your body if you get hurt. Sage
was one of the people who drank the elixir. Amelia’s family
also drank the elixir. That includes her mother, father and grandfather.
Sage was Clea’s
boyfriend a few years ago. They spent lots of time together. Clea
had dozens of photos from the time they spent together.
Clea searches for information
on the elixir. She looked through her father’s files and asks
all of his co-workers. Nobody seems to know anything about it. Clea
and her friend Ben went driving to look for Sage. Meanwhile, Clea
was dreaming of the memories she had with Sage.
Clea and Ben flied to
Cincinnati to look for Sage. They went crawling in the old underground
subway. There, they met up with Sloane, the leader of the Cursed
Vengeance (CV), who took Sage, but would not reveal his location.
Sloane said she would give Clea one chance to have Sage, but if
she screwed up, the CV would kill him.
has this idea to kill Sage so they can get his elixir from his body
and give it to the CV. The only way it will work is during a special
ceremony if Sage is tied up to a pole and if a dagger enters his
heart. It can only take place under a full moon within one minute,
from the strike of midnight to 12:01 a.m. Then, the elixir of life
will be drained into a bowl that can be given to others to drink.
A group of people known
as The Saviors said they would help Amelia’s family kill Sage.
Now, Ben and Clea would have to fight the CV and The Saviors in
order to gain access to Sage.
Later in the book, we
learn that Amelia changes her mind and decides to help Clea on her
journey to find Sage. Amelia’s mother notices that she is
not supporting her decisions. Her mother gets very physical with
Amelia throughout the book and hurts her several times. Amelia left
several subtle clues to make sure Clea was heading in the right
Will Clea ever find Sage?
If so, will they ever be reunited again? Those are questions you
will answer when you purchase the book or borrow it from the library.
The ending was very surprising, definitely not what I expected.
I really enjoyed this
book by Hilary Duff. I was amazed by what she wrote in Devoted.
Since it was a work of fiction, I was very impressed by the stuff
that she thought of. She used words and sentences that were simple
to understand. Go Get It!
Look for Devoted
at bookstores everywhere.
/ Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers / (October 11, 2011)
/ Hardcover: 368 pages
credit: Simon & Schuster
front cover of Hilary Duff's novel, Devoted.