A determined young girl joins forces with an adventure-loving street boy to solve a magical murder mystery—and save her father’s life—in this action-packed novel with classic mystery appeal.
In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working class can barely afford a simple spell to heat their homes. Twelve-year-old Isaveth is poor, but she’s also brave, loyal, and zealous in the pursuit of justice—which is lucky, because her father has just been wrongfully arrested for murder.
Isaveth is determined to prove his innocence. Quiz, the eccentric, eye patch–wearing street boy who befriends her, swears he can’t resist a good mystery. Together they set out to solve the magical murder of one of Tarreton’s most influential citizens and save Isaveth’s beloved Papa from execution. But is Quiz truly helping Isaveth out of friendship, or does he have hidden motives of his own?
About R.J. Anderson
R. J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a Canadian author of contemporary fantasy and SF for older children and teens.
Her debut novel Knife, which has sold more than 50,000 copies in the UK, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and won the Concorde Book Award, while her teen psychological thriller Ultraviolet was shortlisted for both the Sunburst Award in Canada and the prestigious Andre Norton (Nebula) award in the US. Her eighth book, a magical mystery entitled A Pocket Full of Murder, will be released in the fall of 2015.
I read very few Middle Grade stories but this one sounded too fun to pass up. I really loved the authors Ultraviolet YA Sci-Fi series so I have high hopes for this one! Plus, have you seen that adorable cover??
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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.
Ultraviolet was an incredibly original sci-fi novel that I enjoyed immensely last year. I was thrilled to find out that Quicksilver was coming out as a companion novel and was so pleased that it was quite possibly better than its predecessor.
Tori knows that its only a matter of time before her past catches up with her and everyone in her life is going to be put at risk because of what she is. Sebastian Faraday shows back up and confirms that she does have more to fear but that he has a plan to hopefully save them all from Mathis. But it’s going to take strength and perseverance in order for this to pay off, and even then the likelihood of success is slim.
Quicksilver’s story line was an intense thrill ride that never let up. The writing was amazing and all the tiny intricate mechanical details and outer space facts made each word come alive. My main issue with sci-fi tends to be that it’s so completely unbelievable, but R.J. Anderson makes this science fiction word so completely real. As much as I loved Allison’s story and her incredible gift in Ultraviolet, I loved the story being told from the point of view of Tori. Tori was nothing like the blond, blue eyed, popular girl she showed the world. She was a tough, machine-building chick that had the strength to do whatever it took to keep herself and the ones she loved safe from harm.
Quicksilver was extremely well done and I love how well wrapped-up each book manages to be. Ultraviolet’s ending was an explosion of text with revelations that blew your mind, but I had no idea that I could expect more of the story. The ending of Quicksilver didn’t have a cliffhanger, but definitely left the possibility for a future story. And boy do I hope that happens. Highly recommended for sci-fi lovers looking for highly original characters with an elaborate story line.
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?
‘I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose. And as long as I had a part in the music of the spheres, even if it was only a single grace note, I was not worthless. Nor was I alone.’
Right off the bat this reminded me of ‘My Soul to Lose’ – girl wakes up in mental institution with no idea how she got there. Luckily that’s where the resemblance stopped. Ultraviolet is about 16 year old Alison Jeffries who is placed in Pine Hills, a psychiatric treatment center, with no idea at first of why she’s there. Slowly the memories start coming back to her of an altercation she had with popular girl Tori Beaugrand the same day the police are now claiming she disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.
Alison’s been placed in a mental institution because its believed that something is mentally wrong with her. When just the opposite is true. She has an extremely rare and special ability. Her ability reminded me of the girl off of the TV show Heroes who could see the colors that sounds created, Emma? Anyways, the story was good and and despite the fact that I’m not that big of a sci-fi fan this was hugely enjoyable.
The story builds off of Alison’s gift and you slowly learn more and more about it. She has synesthesia and is such an interesting and eye-opening neurological condition, I highly recommend googling it and reading more about it. Yep, it’s a real thing. By the time the end rolls around the story explodes and becomes something so much more than you could have even begun to anticipate. You finally realize what’s been going on all this time and what actually happened to Tori. Huge shockers. It was fantastic and nothing like what I was expecting.
I ended up editing this review after finding out that this is in fact a part of a series and that more information/answers can be expected. The one thing that I discovered upon editing this review (over a year after reading) was that this was still extremely clear in my head. I read so many books that I find most of them just get lost in the ‘shuffle’ and similar story lines and they all just inevitably blend together. Ultraviolet is still completely clear in my hand and stands in a category on its own in my opinion. This was fantastic and I’m so glad that we have more story to look forward. Highly recommended.