Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson

UltravioletTitle: Ultraviolet
Author: RJ Anderson
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Release: September 1, 2011
Pages: 410
Series: None
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Synopsis:
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 has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

Review:
I saw Ultraviolet on Netgalley, not knowing what it was about, but wanting to find out after seeing the gorgeous cover. When I got accepted to review it, was I ever reading it quickly. Well, you know that feeling you get when you finish a really good book and you wish it wasn't over? This book will definitely give you that feeling!

The first time I saw the cover of this novel, I lost myself in questions. Who is this girl? Why is everything I believe wrong? What does Ultraviolet have to do with the plot? Why is the character on the cover so sad? Apart from these questions, I also began to admire the colour of the cover and how the text is partially the purple of the cover and partly white. And it comes together so nicely that it is sure to catch the eye of anyone who walks by.

The characters in Ultraviolet could truly make you feel anything. They slowly earned your emotions as the book goes on. I loved Alison as a character because she was so real. Her insecurities were realistic and acknowledged throughout the book. I also liked how the love and feelings between her and love interest (which I won't name to avoid spoilers) were not instant. They developed throughout their time together, not just when they first met. As the book went on and the characters developed, I began to feel attachments to most of the secondary characters, making the cast of Ultraviolet a very well built group of characters.

The writing of this story is great at describing what Alison goes through on a daily basis, it's almost unbelievable. And the story is so effectively told, informing the reader with all the information they need through seamless flashbacks and conversations with the other characters in the story. You really feel as though you are a part of this mysterious novel from page one, as it drags you in and won't let you go until the last page.

Overall, Ultraviolet was an astounding read with a huge surprise twist that will have you gripping the book long after you have finished it. I give it a 5/5 for being just that spectacular.

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