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{February 15, 2013}   {Review} Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson

13149420From 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.


Spoilers to Ultraviolet (book 1) ensue below.  I tried not to, but… I found it impossible.  **Reader Beware**  If you haven’t read Ultraviolet, the prequel to Quicksilver, then I suggest you do not read this review.

Also, stay tuned to the blog as I have a signed used copy of Ultraviolet that I’m planning to give away at some point soon.

{Review of Quicksilver below}

This novel was a lot of fun.  Tori Beaugrand is a phenomenal character, and I really enjoyed her in both Ultraviolet and Quicksilver.  She is extremely gifted and… not of this world (ahem).  When I read Ultraviolet,  I was completely thrown by this kink Anderson thrusts into the middle of her plot, and I certainly wasn’t expecting it, but the farther I read, the more I loved it.  Many didn’t, but to each his/her own. What we have with Ultraviolet isa really good [realistic] psychological thriller… and all of a sudden we’re thrust into a sci-fi, paranormal thriller,” which many were not expecting, and it somewhat upset the balance of the story (above quote from my review of Ultraviolet).  But it was awesome, in my opinion, and I was extremely excited to pick up Quicksilver and start reading.  Now, this sequel doesn’t throw us any crazy curve balls like Ultraviolet did, but instead continues the idea of an otherworldly project that puts Tori’s very existence, and the only life she’s ever known, into complete jeopardy.  Though her parents are willing to pick up everything and move in order to protect her, even they are not fully aware of the truth, and Tori and her friends go to great lengths within this novel to keep it hidden from everyone, while trying to figure out a way to shut down the otherworldly project for good.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this novel, especially as Tori makes some new friends, such as Milo, and also learns that not everyone she’s been able to trust in the past is as trustworthy as they seem.  For a while, the story was just chugging along, and I was blissfully enjoying it, though I’d say the action lulled on occasion, but then Anderson threw in a twist that made me sit straight up and scream at the betrayal.  I couldn’t believe it… after everything that happened in Ultraviolet and within this novel itself, well, I nearly died.  I was so angry! All I’m going to say is that Tori is a much better person than I am…

I also screamed near the end when I realized what Tori had decided to do in order to protect herself.  I had an inkling that that was where the story was going, but in my mind I was like, nah, Anderson wouldn’t do that.  Of course, knowing her writing style, I should have known better.  It was gruesome and again, I was completely jarred by the turn of events, but in all honesty, that’s what makes Anderson’s novels so much fun!!!  I highly suggest checking out this series! Four stars.

4 stars

Also, stay tuned to the blog as I have a signed used copy of Ultraviolet that I’m planning to give away at some point soon.

Lerner Publishing Group has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of  this novel, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


Dovile says:

Thank you for the warning! I haven’t read Ultraviolet, but I’ve read its reviews, it sounds intriguing.

Lots of people liked it, while lots hated it, soo… I find that very intriguing! I liked it, but I think you have to have an open mind. :D

Roxy says:

Okay, I didn’t actually read your review, because I haven’t read ultraviolet yet, but I have it on my kobo ready to go and have heard great things about both books! Can’t wait to dig into them!

Lol, glad you didn’t read any of the spoilers in my review! Enjoy Ultraviolet!!

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