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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ARC Review: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Rated: Ya
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository

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. 

What I thought

This hooked me at first. It was gripping and I had a hard time putting it down. I liked the idea behind it and I think it was executed well. I just wish the ending was different. I don't know if I really liked the ending. It did resolve some stuff, but left a few things undone. I like books to be wrapped up. Plus, I'm not sure what to make of the sci-fi part of it. I'll have to do some thinking on that.

What I liked about this was that while there was something going on with Alison, it wasn't what we thought it was. It trips her up, it complicated her story a bit and it made for an intriguing read. I liked this part of the story above all other parts. I like the stories that get truly inside the characters head. And since Alison had such a rare disorder, it made it all the more easy to show that side of her in the book itself.

I'm not sure if this is going to be a stand alone novel or the first in a series. But I think I like the idea of following the series with Alison with her unusual way of seeing things. But well worth the read.

My Rating:


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Jules said...

I completely agree with your review!

I think I read somewhere that this was going to be the first one in a series! I'd read the next one but I felt a bit flat at the end of this one. I thought there were just too many things unanswered.

Great review as always :)

Aimee said...

Thanks Jules! Will it be a series? Guess that makes the ending not quite as bad, but still didn't like it.

Candace said...

I remember seeing this cover somewhere but I hadn't really paid attention to it. I hate when a book doesn't at least mostly wrap up at the end, even if there is a sequel. So ugh. Sounds like an intriguing idea though!

kathy said...

Thanks for the review. It's always sad when a book starts out great and then sort of lets you down at the end. It looked like it could be interesting, but I think I'll pass on it for now.

Mary said...

LOL! I reviewed this book today, too (and one other blog I read did as well). Guess we're just on the same book page today...

Anyway, I loved the way she described what she was seeing and hearing -- so different from how I see the world. An interesting story.
Mary @ Book Swarm

Aimee said...

I did too Mary! That was probably the part I liked best!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Oh I definitely don't want to give this a try unless I find out that it is a series. I will be so mad when things aren't wrapped up.

Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) said...

Thanks for the review.

To read or not to read?

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