Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) by R.J. Anderson

December 2, 2014
Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson
Three out of Five Stars Check it Out on Goodreads Here!!


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.


"Regenerative Feedback: The increase in signal strength that occurs when part of the output energy returns to the input signal and reinforces it." 
I enjoyed this, even though it left me feeling mixed emotions. This was alot different than the first one, and dealt with Tori (yay a mc with my name) who was unsure of herself, but was determined to find a way to survive. While Ms. Anderson is a great story teller, the writing itself didn't grip, as I would have liked. For example I like to find interesting quotes or dialogue which I connected with, but I just couldn't pull any from this story. The quote above is from the beginning of a chapter. Even though on paper it' what I like  YA, involves aliens, has decent writing and is sci-fi I somehow just didn't get it.

Confused Brittany Spears
Don't get me wrong this wasn't all bad it had great scifi elements, intrigue  and action. To me the book just didn't flow well, things that happened seemed to happen in a jumble and became less anti-climatic than they should have been. I probably won't be reading the next in series if there is one on the horizon. What redeeming quality this novel did have was Tori, she was a main character who broke stereotypes and was not overly obsessed with falling in love. This book was about her survival when faced with constantly changing circumstances. She was rightly not focused on getting lost in someones eyes, but she also never really faced a obstacle where another character wasn't conveniently able to offer her help.

Other reviews liked the change of perspective which didn't involve Allison reflecting on the colors and tastes of letters and numbers, but I thought that was an engaging part of the first book, Ultraviolet. Overall I just wanted this book to do a better job developing a emotional connection with readers, there was scenes where I know I was supposed to feel something but instead felt like I should hurry up and finish the book. 

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