January 11, 2013

Title: Quicksilver
Author: R. J. Anderson
Series: Ultraviolet
Publisher: Orchard
Published: January 1, 2013
Pages: 314

From The Publisher: Back in her hometown, Tori Beaugrand had everything a teenaged girl could want—popularity, money, beauty. But she also had a secret. A secret that could change her life in an instant, or destroy it.

Now she’s left everything from her old life behind, including her real name and Alison, the one friend who truly understood her. She can’t escape who and what she is. But if she wants to have anything like a normal life, she has to blend in and hide her unusual… talents.

Plans change when the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday reappears and gives Tori some bad news: she hasn’t escaped her past. In fact, she’s attracted new interest in the form of an obsessed ex-cop turned investigator for a genetics lab.

She has one last shot at getting her enemies off her trail and winning the security and independence she’s always longed for. But saving herself will take every ounce of Tori’s incredible electronics and engineering skills—and even then, she may need to sacrifice more than she could possibly imagine if she wants to be free.

**An ARC was received from the publisher
but that did not influence the review**

3.5 stars I was so happy to be able to read this right after I finished Ultraviolet, but boy was I in for a surprise! This installment was told from Tori’s (Niki) POV. If you aren’t sure who that is, she is Alison’s nemesis from book 1. That’s right, her nemesis that she “murdered”. However, they came to understand one another at the end of the first book, and this book fills in the blanks even more.

Niki and her family pack up and leave in order to keep her safe. New identities, name, hair and eyes. But it’s not enough, and sick of living in fear Niki takes matters into her own hands. She uses her natural skills for engineering and computers, for which she is a genius. Along the way she becomes friends with Milo, who seems to have her back no matter how many secrets she keeps from him.

This is where the book only kept me semi-interested….I need romance. That’s right, need. There wasn’t any. Zero, zilch, nada. The heroine claims to be asexual. I was like whaaaaa????? While it is clear Milo is totally interested in Niki, she only desires him as a friend. I. Just. Could. Not. Compute. There was no reason for this at all. Maybe Ms. Anderson did not want to take away from the story with a romance intertwined, but it would have been so lovely to be written in. For that, I was so disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book, I just didn’t love it. The story itself was quite interesting with double-crossings, and double-double-crossings. I was a little heartbroken at one of them but in the end it was quite the act of selflessness.

Would I rec it? If you like sci-fi then yes. I preferred the first book to this one, but this was a good way to wrap up many loose ends. While I wasn’t blown away by all the twists and turns I did enjoy them, and many other readers have had the flaily moments so maybe it’s just me. Regardless, it was a quick and enjoyable read.

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