Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the Ultraviolet series, and kicks off a short while after the end of book 1 ‘Ultravviolet’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Ultraviolet’.
Tori – the girl who Alison thought she’d accidentally killed in book 1, was last seen riding off into the sunset with her parents, but now she’s going by the name Niki, and working at a supermarket while she finishes her senior year at high school online.
Tori/Niki is far from safe though, knowing that Mathis is probably going to try and abduct her again, and knowing that the authorities are still on her tail following a DNA sample that they had from her hair brush when she was missing.
Things get even more difficult when Faraday uses the relay to return to earth though, and now they both know that the only way to keep Tori/Niki safe is to somehow close the wormhole that the aliens have been using.
Can Tori/Niki ever be really free? What will happen to Faraday if the wormhole is closed? And is there any hope for Faraday and Alison?
This was an okay book, but the characters were too unlikeable, and the story a little hard to believe in places.
This book totally wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I wasn’t sure whether the author was going to go after book 1, but I didn’t expect book 2 to have a different main character, and also a main character who wasn’t really very likeable in book 1. I hoped that maybe Tori would grow on me in this book, but she didn’t, I didn’t like her, the same as I didn’t like her in book 1, and I just wanted Alison back!
It was interesting to see what happened after ‘Ultraviolet’, but I just didn’t connect with Tori/Niki at all. Tori/Niki was a total mean girl in ‘Ultraviolet’, and to me she still acted like a mean girl in this book – self-righteous, self-involved, selfish, and utterly focused on what SHE wanted. Even having finished the book I don’t like her.
Faraday turned up in this book, and again, I didn’t trust or like him in the first book, and I didn’t trust or like him in this one either. There was just something really off about him that put my back up, and once again, his treatment of Alison was not very nice. He also did something really bad to Tori/Niki in this book, and I never did get why he betrayed her so badly!
There was very little from Alison in this book which was a shame. It seemed that her paraesthesia was still just as bad though, and once again Faraday and Tori/Niki used Alison’s talent for their own gains.
The storyline in this book was okay, although I did feel it dragged in places. I thought the whole thing about Tori/Niki building electronics for Faraday was a little difficult to believe though. I know her biological parents were supposed to have been some sort of technicians, and so would probably have worked with electronics themselves, but where does a 17-year-old mean girl find the time to become brilliant at electronics, building things, and soldering whilst still at school? And what are the chances of her being brilliant enough to build some sort of transmitting device, that can beam a signal across the universe?! A little implausible I’m afraid.
In the end, things seemed to turn out okay, and I doubt that there will be another book in this series (although I could be wrong). Most stuff was tied up at the end, and things were looking okay, even if the sacrifice that Tori/Niki had to make was pretty dramatic to get this ending.
Overall; an okay paranormal/sci-fi(?) YA book, but the main character was a little too mean-girl for me.
6.5 out of 10.