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 wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated into nothing. But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind like her mother always feared she would. For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understooduntil a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her and that she's capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
Great story about a girl who discovers that what she's hiding from the world, what she's most ashamed of, is in fact, the very thing that makes her special and important and unique.
I thought Ms. Eyre did a fantastic job at narrating this story, except that the quavery voice she used for the main character (I didn't hear it in other voices so I'm assuming the tremble was an intentional nuance - if not, forgive me) made the character sound old and frail, and took me a while to get used to. But once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Her rhythm and timing and expression was wonderful, otherwise.
Thank you for a great audiobook experience!
A YA paranormal romance that mostly takes place in a mental hospital? Yes, this is definitely no Twilight wannabe (nor is it a violent dystopian fable, hurrah!) Ultraviolet is the story of a girl who may or may not be crazy, but definitely thinks in different ways than those around her. And she may or may not be a murderer, but even her own memories can't answer that question clearly.
I appreciated the freshness of the story, and the nuanced approach. This is not a book where people simply line up on sides of good vs. evil, or even sane vs. insane. The reader is very solid and lets you get swept up in the story.