by R J Anderson (website, twitter)
Released : September 2011
copy of ebook received from NetGalley for a fair review
synopsis 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?
some quick cutie thoughts: Ultraviolet is a paranormal, sci-fi mystery with a hint of romance that is the coming-of-age story of a sixteen (going on seventeen) year old girl who believes she has killed one of her classmates and finds herself in a mental hospital. Set in Canada, this contemporary fiction has a beautiful setting, interesting characters, and unforeseen plot twists that will leave you wondering what the heck is going on in a delightful way.
The story does start off a little slow with a tad too much self-loathing from the main protagonist, Alison, and about halfway through the novel takes a twist for the “Umm… what the heck?” However, unlike other novels that go for the surprising, unseen plot twists (*cough*Evernight*cough*), Ultraviolet does set the reader up with lots of foreshadowing to make the drastic switch in genres an easy pill to swallow.
The subject matter of a girl with an acute case of synesthesia was incredibly interesting. I’d never heard of this condition and spent lot of time Googling it on the webernet of wonder.
The cast of characters is great, if not a tad one-dimensional and I did think the love-story was a little awkward and rushed, but I sure did get the tingles when Alison was with her man.
My only complaint: The ending had me screaming NOES!!! And I’m hoping, praying, and begging for a sequel to this story. While I thought the story wrapped things up nicely and that it could end where it is… I want *bites spoiler tongue* !!!