“Devoted” by Hilary Duff
Devoted is the second installment in Hilary Duff’s young adult fiction series. Those of you who have read my other posts will know that I wasn’t too sure how I felt about the first book, Elixir, but I decided to continue reading the series anyway.
We pick up where we left off. Clea is recovering from the events that happened in the last chapters of Elixir. Her friendship with Ben has all but vanished, and she has become a woman obsessed with Sage. There are some strange new characters introduced in this book, Amelia and her family, who are kind of spirits separated from their bodies. I think. To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what they are … Amelia leaves Clea a message on her computer screen which prompts her to begin her adventure. Clea enlists the help of a reluctant Ben to locate Sage and try and save him. Ben is reluctant, because in all of Clea’s lives he manages to ruin everything. Eventually, he caves in. Working out the clues, he with holds the information from Clea but takes her to where they need to be. They run into more people who are looking for Sage, but not for the same reason. It ends in a massive showdown with one hell of a twist on the last page.
As with Elixir, you need to be patient with this book. It takes a little while to process Clea’s dream sequences again, but this time some of the chapters alternate between Clea and the spirit-girl Amelia. This can be a little bit confusing – There are only a few chapters where Amelia reveals new information, so I personally don’t think there needed to be as many chapters with Amelia narrating, but perhaps there’s a reason for that in the next book.
Again, I didn’t feel overly impressed with the book. I’m not sure that the younger readers who are following this story are going to be able to keep up with it all the time. Most of the action happens in the latter half of the book, and at a bit of a whirlwind pace. We see Clea teaming up with people we’ve only just met, then we see a few people get shot, and we see the end of Sage. Or do we? It’s sad to see the friendship between Ben and Clea dissipate. I quite liked Ben as a character in the first book, but in this book he’s completely different and I’m not sure how that will sit with other readers either.
I feel as though I’m going to need to sit down and read both books again to pick out vital bits of information I might have missed when first reading the books. I think this series is directed more at an older audience. It’s still enjoyable to read, but I didn’t get that feeling that I was missing something when I put the book down – which is a sign of a great story. The only real “Wow!” moment I got was when the twist was revealed on the last page. I kind of classify these books in the same way I classify the Twilight series. They’re good books, and I enjoyed reading them, but they’re probably not something I’d elect to re-read straight away. Here’s hoping the next book in the series satisfies the readership!
Overall rating: 3/5