January 7, 2013

Title: Ultraviolet
Author: R. J. Anderson
Series: Ultraviolet
Publisher: Orchard (Hachette)
Published: June 2, 2011
Pages: 303

From the Publisher: 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?

First thoughts: 4.5 stars Holy dark and gritty read! The situation in the beginning was honestly so effed up that I  just got so sucked in. I had to know what was going on.

The Story: Alison wakes up in a mental hospital with a crazy recollection: during a fight at school with her nemesis, Tori, Alison made Tori disintegrate right in front of her. Murder. After the incident Alison did have some blood on her hands (literally) and had been inconsolable. Fearing for her safety and others’, especially since Alison was talking utter nonsense, she was committed.

So, we know Alison isn’t crazy (because that’s the story), but something is truly going on. I won’t give any of the details away because of my spoiler-phobia, but as the book went on we learned more about her “syndrome”.  The person who explains to Alison what she has dealt with her entire life is South African neuropsychologist Dr. Sebastian Faraday. We will get to him in a moment.

Alison: I loved her! I don’t know how she kept any level of sanity with what was going on, but she is a strong girl and did the best she could. I really admired her and thought she was a fabulous heroine. She is so lonely that I can’t wait to see how her friendships and romance develop and change her.

Sebastian: In his early 20s, violet eyes, rumpled hair and clothes. The way Alison describes his eyes and hair….le sigh:

His eyes were violet. I’m not exaggerating. They weren’t just blue or blue-gray. They were that deep bluish purple you only see when refracting light through a prism…

His hair was the color a a thunderstorm reflected in a mud puddle….

Yes and please. And let’s just describe how Alison hears him:

Dark chocolate, poured over velvet: that was how his voice tasted. I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life.

GAH! For not too much romance going on this was serious sexy talk!! Swoon-o-licious!

Other characters: Well, her “friends” at Pine Hills are truly cray cray. She tolerates them, and they were a good filler in the story and didn’t affect me either way. Dr. Minta, who is Alison’s psychiatrist I had more trouble deciding if I liked or trusted….I will leave you to decide for yourself. Alison’s mother, well, I just could not warm up to her even at the end. As a mother myself I could not understand how someone could be so cold and awful. She gets a big fat FAIL in my book.

The romance: Well, I’m a huge sucker for romance, and I should say that this book was not heavy in that department….more specifically not in this installment. BUT it is there!!! It also would not have been appropriate in Ultraviolet to have lots of angsty banter or UST and I can respect that. Now, knowing there is a lack of romance and I still loved it tells you it is a GREAT story. Also, the relationship develops naturally, it certainly was not insta-love.

Now, I do have a swoony quote from the book and if you want to read it, check out the post later this Thursday when we have our Swoony Thursday.

Twists and Turns: Holy cow. I did not see that coming and all of a sudden it was like I was in a different novel!! Loved…but see the next section.

Any Gripes: Yes. Most of the book went on at a great pace, but after the twist it was like the book was on fast forward. Facts were coming at me faster than I could keep up. I would have liked if it could have been done at the same speed as the rest of the book.

The Ending: Sad and honestly…hopeless… but it can’t end like that! The romantic in me just won’t give up!

Rec It? Yes, it was dark, gritty, surprising and I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m starting Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) tonight!

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