Monday, August 8, 2011

review: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

pub date: September 1, 2011
publisher: Carolrhoda Books
pages: 306
source: NetGalley
appeals: contemporary, paranormal, romance
content: clean

Wow. Wow, wow, wow.

I thought this book was original and exciting and suspenseful. It was filled with great characters and a really remarkable mystery. Anderson's language and descriptions were beautiful. I loved how the aspects of the plot were revealed. I had to know what was going to happen next.

I read a few reviews for the book before reading Ultraviolet myself and it tainted my reading experience by ruining some of the mystery of the book. So I have lots I'd love to write, but I kind of don't want to because I don't want to wreck it for you. 

Which makes this a really lame review. Sorry.

It was a 5 apple book until the last fifth of the book. I liked the ending and I thought it was rather mind blowing, but it was...odd. And not what I wanted to happen. So now it's 4 apples. 

In parting: Read this book! It is super cool.

"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."

Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she’s confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated—into nothing.

But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would.

For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.


The Happy Booker said...

The summary's opening line is brilliant! "Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her." That alone makes me want to grab this one. Thanks for sharing this review!

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Bookworm1858 said...

I really wanted to read this but Netgalley archived it; guess I 'll have to get it from the library because it sounds really interesting!