Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1) by R.J. Anderson

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?

  Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)
(Source: I purchased a used copy of this book from
Alison has always been different, and her mother has always hated her for it. Now her mother has proof that Alison is crazy though, as Alison has possibly killed the most popular girl in school (Tori), and has ended up in a psychiatric hospital because of it.

Alison’s real secret is that she sees sounds, hears colours, and tastes feelings. She’s always been this way, and has always hidden it from people. Now she’s worried that she really did kill Tori, and that the sensory overload that she has been experiencing since is directly related.

The police and searchers haven’t found a trace of where Tori went though, and Alison finds hope in the form of a psychologist (Faraday), who leads her to believe that she has nothing to feel guilty about.
What happened to Tori though? What is the cause of Alison’s secret? And can there ever be a happy ending for a girl in a mental hospital?

This was a good YA story about a girl who had paranormal talents, and who doubted her own sanity. The storyline didn’t go in exactly the direction I was expecting though!

Alison was so fragile at the start of this book. She knew that she had always been different, and feared what would happen if people knew her secret. She was also truly afraid that she had somehow killed Tori, even though she didn’t know how, but also didn’t believe she was mentally ill.
Alison’s fears were very real to her, and it was really interesting to see the thought processes she went through as she tried to work out what had happened.

There was an element of romance in this book, as Alison found herself falling in love with her psychologist –Faraday. I personally did not get this though! I really didn’t get what she saw in him at all, or why she was so attracted to him! She was falling in love, and I was thinking ‘what?’ and ‘She really should NOT be trusting him’.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked the supernatural aspect to Alison’s secret, and how her condition was then given a real diagnosis! What I wasn’t expecting was where the last 25% of this story took us. It’s difficult to say much without giving spoilers, so I won’t give any specifics, but let’s just say that I totally wasn’t expecting what was revealed to Alison, and what happened thereafter! It was pretty strange, and not the average occurrence in a paranormal book!
The ending was also a little strange, and I’m wondering where the author will go with the next book in the series.
Overall; a good YA paranormal read, with a bit of a strange twist at the end.
7 out of 10.

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  1. Ooh, how intriguing! I love books like this and i'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. This is definitely going on my tbr.

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. I read this one. I liked this one better than the first.

  3. OMG, such great paranormal abilities. So unique. I might have to pick this one up.