Monday 2 September 2013

Book Review - True

Title: True
Author: Hilary Duff
Series: Elixer (book 3)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Release Date: 9 May 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0857071552

Following the harrowing events of Elixir and Devoted—and the ceremony that almost killed Sage—Clea faces a new reality: With Sage’s soul in Nico’s body, the love of her life looks an awful lot like her best friend’s boyfriend. Can Clea and Sage really be happy under these circumstances?

Clea wants to try to enjoy their new life together, but Sage is acting different—angry—and she struggles to keep her friends from finding out what has happened to him. Something is clearly haunting Sage, and Clea is losing control. Can she trust her friends with the dangerous truth, or will she have to risk losing Sage to madness?

My Review
I had genuinely forgotten about this series. I picked up book 1 last year as I was curious. As a Hilary Duff fan I wanted to see what her book would be like and I was pleasantly surprised, a few days later I read book 2 but was disappointed with it. Then last week at the library I was shelving some books and I saw this on the 'new books' display and I decided to finish the series. I had to look up the first 2 on this blog and goodreads first to refresh my memory then I got stuck in. 
It was better than I expected, after re-reading my review for book 2 I wasn't really expecting anything from this book, but I did find myself getting into it. It was only short and I did finish it with about 2 and a half hours. There were bits I liked and bits I didn't. 
Sage's soul was saved by Nico's death. At the last second his soul jumped into Nico's now vacant body and brought him back to life. He may now look like Nico but his eyes have retained their brown colour, replacing Nico's twinkling blue ones and his mannerisms are definitely all Sage.
Clea, Sage and Ben have to decide how to proceed, the biggest problem is the fact that her best friend was hopelessly in love with Nico.
I thought this was an interesting idea for a story and wanted to know more, and see how they would get out of it.
I also liked the fact that it wasn't an easy ride, Nico's body tries to reject Sage making him have mood swings, memory lapses and personality switches. I liked to see how they all coped with it. Especially Clea, she is very strong and refuses to give up. 
I did find some of the 'spirit transfer' scenario silly, especially the 'retreat' they go to. That just seemed rather ridiculous to me and was so over the top. It had me rolling my eyes and hoping they would move on. It was just weird and freaky and not in a good way!
But overall I actually did enjoy this book and am glad I gave it a go. I would certainly look out for more from Duff.

My Rating

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