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True (Elixir #3)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,512 ratings  ·  177 reviews
The epic love story of Clea and Sage comes to its thrilling conclusion in the final book in the Elixir series by multitalented star Hilary Duff.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 ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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1.5 stars

Dear Elixir series,

Once upon a time, I was young and naive. Your first installment, Elixir was so gleefully different and had such a mysterious and creepy vibe that I honestly couldn't put it down until I finished. I was excited. Especially because I completely adore Hilary Duff.

But maybe that made me see this in a more flattering light than warranted. But I was inexperienced! I honestly had not read much before that point, and now, the tables have surely turned. First of all, I think
I know it's going to suck, but I'm going to read it anyway. Why do I put myself through these things?

Why did she suddenly switch to the present tense in this book? Why did she suddenly start switching POVs? Is it because present tense and multiple viewpoints are "in" right now? Geez.

The librarian made a comment while I was checking out this book, "Hilary Duff. I thought she was over and done with." Me too, man. Me too.

As I expected, it sucked. And what happened to Clea's dad? That part of the
Tatiana Sandoval
Aug 05, 2012 Tatiana Sandoval marked it as to-read
Completes the series, but it is very slow paced, and the tension that make the other books a little interesting is completely gone.
Jul 12, 2012 VictoriaSong marked it as to-read
Oh thank you Hilary Duff, I thought, Devoted ended kind of meanly, hope there is a 3rd book on it's way (it's understandable that she has been really busy with taking care of baby Luca) because I would really love to see Clea and Sage's story continue ;p
**Original review posted here.**

I still find it hard to believe, but Hilary Duff is an author and she wrote this series and pulled off a pretty good trilogy. The Elixir novels were intense, romantic and intriguing. We never knew what would happen next and I enjoyed that. In True, book #3, we finally see the fate of Clea and Sage. Are they finally together for life or did the ceremony from Devoted end Sage's life forever? If you've read Elixir and Devoted then it's crucial that you finish the ser
Danielle (YA, By the Way)

Nope. Thought about it while writing my actual review, and it's a one-star book. Transitions be damned. Not actually as interesting in retrospect. No, I cannot find redeeming qualities in this book. Except for one sentence that I really liked. Check out my full review here on my blog, YA, By the Way!


Eh. I had the same problems with this book that I did with the other two books in the trilogy. The pacing is weird, the plot is ridiculous, the characters are one-dimensional,
Lex (Fastidious Reader)
I hope I'll get the approve for the ARC... I wanna know it so bad. LOL. :p

UPDATE: 12.28.12 YAY!!! Got approve for ARC!!! :)

Okay... When I first started reading this third book, I can't remember what really happened in the second book. Yes, I also forgot what's the title for the second book. :/ I just know that Sage's soul is now inside Nico's body. I don't remember who the hell is Ben. Then I started to remember as I go on reading this book.

When I started reading the first book a year or so ag
I've greatly enjoyed the Elixir trilogy over the last two years, and being a fan of Hilary Duff beforehand led me to these books. I enjoyed the first one the best, I've always loved immortal love stories, and I really liked the main character, Clea Raymond. She was strong, independent, and witty, everything I tend to look for in a main heroine. Sage was alright, I wish we could have explored his back story a little more in the series, but they were cute together. The second two books were a bit ...more
I don't review books. I just have this app to look for new books and occasionally read someone's review to laugh or go "hmmm I might just see this point they're trying to make"
But this book upset me so much I just had to get on here and rant.

What the hell was on Hillary's mind to write this book the way she did?!

The man (Sage) is violent toward Clea and Rayna and everyone around him and it's okay because of the situation?! NOOOO.

Not to mention I never did find out about her dad. And then turning
LONG STORY SHORT: I got a copy of "True" when I went to the Ellen Degeneres show and Hilary Duff (ugh) was the guest. I was skeptical at first (just because she's a celebrity doesn't mean she should be an author, right?)...but then I felt bad for being judgmental.

I grabbed the first two books in the series from my library (I wasn't going to spend money on them) and began.

It went from bad to worse...and then MUCH WORSE. I really should have trusted my initial feelings.

I feel like my brain needs
I'm almost embarrassed to admit I read this book, but I read the first two in the series so I felt like I needed to finish it out.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first two. It felt more out there, and for lack of a better term, weird. I really only started getting into it in the last 50 or so pages when I wanted to see how it ended. It definitely wasn't horrible, but I have to say I'm glad the series is over, because once I start a series it's hard for me to stop, no matter how bad
J.M. Stetson
Dude, I read this book knowing that it would be bad (after all, have you seen my previous review for this series?!) But I was hoping for funny bad, no "Oh my gosh, why did we kill trees for this??!" Bad.

Firstly, if I ever have to hear one more over dramatic corny line about true love without reason ever again, I may get physically sick. That being said, it was also ridiculously funny. Not actual funny, but like, wow, and this got published funny...

Next, more unrealistic events going on. I mean,
The last installment for Hilary's novel, Elixir, made me want to rip my hair out of my head till I've reached 89% of the book. And that's not a good thing on my book.

The overall story was somewhat complicated (the eternal, soulmate thing-y), and honestly, for once, I'd love to hear/read a not so happy ending for the main character(s). Evil? Well, I like being different.

Timing seems to be on Sage's side on Devoted (if you've read the book), but now with True things for him are not as immortal as
Heather Miller
Truly one of the worst books I have ever read and I went into it with low expectations. I was hooked into the first book of this trilogy because I thought it had an interesting premise even though it was not well written. The only reason I read this book was to finish out the trilogy and find out what happened to the characters. This book was so teenage girl-ish, but not in a giddy, romantic, fun way, but in a snotty, spoiled, obnoxious, immature way.
Honestly, I loved this book. I loved the whole trilogy. I would love to read more from Hilary Duff.. she is quite talented. This whole story from beginning to end was very twisty turny (are those words? lol) and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading them. probably the fasted I've finished a set of books all in the course of a week. The story kept me longing for it when I wasn't reading and having trouble putting it down when I was. Although I admit, the immortal love story has been a bit ...more
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Jennifer Brown
I really enjoyed this final book in the trilogy. I love romance novels and am happy how the book ended with Nico saying goodbye (although I did hope he would somehow come back and Sage would take another body). I seriously thought that Ben had changed and was blindsided by what he did. Good ending Hilary! I hope to hear (read?) more from ya in the future!
Amber Kestner
It just wasn't worth reading since you never find out what happens to her father, on the other hand it is a great series with two books instead of three but I can say hope Hilary is okay with just singing and acting because writing isn't her thing, at least she gave it try.
So even though I wasn’t thrilled with the first two books in the series, I have to admit I was totally curious how Duff would wrap up the story. In Elixer I did sort of get attached to Clea, so I certainly wanted to see where the series would leave her (and with whom).

The most annoying part about this book for me is that I was expecting it to wrap up a whole bunch of loose ends left over from the other books, but it didn’t. It doesn’t even touch on them. It felt like the entire book was just bla
Kylie Crucifixion
Nov 08, 2012 Kylie Crucifixion marked it as to-read
Don't like the cover of the font though. Once again, it should MATCH the color of the fonts on the other books.

Anyway, I need this to hurry up and be out so I can have an excuse to re-read the series! :p
Diane Ferbrache
In this third book in the Elixer series, Sage’s soul has survived but is occupying Nico’s body. Clea must now try to deal with the fact that her boyfriend’s soul is in the body of her best friend’s boyfriend. Plus apparently Nico isn’t totally gone, and something is terribly wrong.

I picked this up because it has sat on the shelf untouched for over a year. It was surprisingly not bad. I had not read the first two and that probably would have helped, but was not a necessity. It's a paranormal ro
I love Hilary and I loved the first book, but honestly, this wasn't particularly good. I was already pretty mad of how things went in the second book and this one didn't change anything. There were some original ideas, but I was disappointed in the way the story ended, it was very expected and as much as I like a happy ending, I didn't want it to happen there. I wasn't shipping Clea/Sage anymore by the end of the second book and this one didn't make me change my mind, I was still kind of rooting ...more
This final book to Clea and Sage's story was the type of ending that left everything in a neat little bow. The ending was so predictable that I guessed it before I started reading it. I am, though, a sucker for happy endings, so 3.5 stars for predictability, the fact that the entire story could have been compressed into the second half of the book, and the happy endings. I was not expecting the ending for Ben, and I did feel a little bad for Rayna when she wasn't wining, but overall, it was an i ...more
*Sometimes two and a half stars but sometimes three... I'm conflicted about this one.*

There are vague, but spoiler-type things here. Especially at the end.

It's been about three years since I read the second book in this series, Devoted.
By default, it's been even longer since I read the first book, Elixir.

If I read them now, I would probably react the same way as I did to big chunks of this book. Namely, the parts that are wrapped up too tightly in love.
Please, no. I can't handle two, "Character
Florencia Garcia
After years of wanting to read this trilogy, I finally finished it!

I loved it. I enjoyed every single page that led to finally getting to know how Clea and Sage's love story ends up after all they've been through all this (quite long) time.

The epilogue was kind of short in my opinion, I would've loved to know a bit more. But that's just me because I can't get enough of this story. The fact that it's short doesn't mean it gives you less info than you need. And it definally doesn't make it any l
Nicole (livinglifewithbooks)
What I thought of this book overall (read only this section if you do not want to be spoiled) : I am not to sure how I feel about this book. The synopsis for this book says that this is an "epic conclusion" to the elixir trilogy. I don't think it was epic persay, but I did kinda like it. I did enjoy some of the humor in this book. The character's are nice. I do adore Hilary Duff, but maybe she should stick to acting and singing. However, it was a neat little project for her and I do support her ...more
Melissa Clyne
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So, the story of Sage and Clay came to an end. My only objection is that, but you sometimes can't make a story go on forever. Despite some grammatical errors, I would say this was one hell of an ending to the trilogy.

Again, as I said in my review of Elixir, I have been a fan of most of her works for years. I have always gone in blindly to get my own opinion. I'm glad she didn't write a book about a singer. Truly, after reading the entire series, I respect her so much more. You read these bogus c
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 bette
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Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, pop singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. After gaining fame for playing the title role in the television show Lizzie McGuire, Duff went on to have a film career; her most commercially successful movies include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and A Cinderella Story (2004).

Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with fo
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