Friday, June 24, 2011

Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson

Title:  Ultraviolet
Author:  R.J. Anderson
Genre:  Young Adult/Paranormal/SciFi
Publisher:  Lerner Publishing Group
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
ISBN:  9780761379478
Stand alone or series: Stand Alone
Pages: 314 
Book Received from:  Net Galley (Galley)
First Lines: Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

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?

My Thoughts:
Like many other books I've reviewed, I came across this one while surfing through my Google Reader and after reading the synopsis I was so drawn in to see where the story would go that I requested it.

The one thing that I didn't really like was the cover. Sure the font for Ultraviolet is pretty cool but the rest of it is well.. bland. I would have thought after reading this that there would be more colour. But oh well.

Apart from the cover gripe I really enjoyed this story from start to finish and from early on, (from reading other books etc) I picked up on her supposed condition/illness before it was revealed and liked how it was weaved throughout the book. I was amazed with the way R.J. Anderson handled the condition but it also showed how easily something like that could be overlooked and mistakenly diagnosed.

I was thrown by a few of the twists and turns throughout the story, and I can definitely say I never seen it coming! I will warn you though, there is one twist that may throw readers off as it happens about 3/4 through the book. I didn't see it coming and I can imagine it would turn some readers off the book if they weren't prepared.

I don't want to say too much else as this book is better if you go in blind but I do know that it may not be the sort of book for everyone. A thumbs up for me! One book I found hard to put down.

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