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Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2)

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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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 2013 by Orchard Books (first published March 1st 2013)
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Charlie I did the same thing when I first got this book, yes you will it was quick easy to pick up the story line and follow the plot even if you haven't read…moreI did the same thing when I first got this book, yes you will it was quick easy to pick up the story line and follow the plot even if you haven't read the first one, when I found out this was actually the second in the series this didn't put me off at all and I still fell in love with this book, although I would recommend reading the first one after because you do, I have to admit, get a better idea what they are talking about and I had the occasional chuckle when I read parts that made me understand the second book. Please do not let this put you off, they are amazing! (less)
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Mar 18, 2015 karen rated it liked it
it saddens me that i don't hyper-love this series as much as everyone else seems to.

because i like the series; it's good, i enjoy reading it, but whenever i read these wonderfully enthusiastic reviews for these books, i just feel a little left out. wait up for me, guys!

there's a lot to like - it has an original plot, with characters who stand out from the frequently cookie-cutter girls and boys who populate the YA fantasy/adventure books, and it seems to be going somewhere, not just treading wa
Jul 03, 2013 R.J. added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit it: I was scared to write this book. Not because I didn't believe in the characters or the story, but because I knew it was going to challenge me in all kinds of new ways, and take me to places as an author and as a researcher that I'd never been before. I wanted it to be a satisfying follow-up to ULTRAVIOLET, yet at the same time a quite different sort of story, and one that could be read and appreciated even by people who hadn't read the earlier novel. And at times, the pressure to ...more
Emily May
Dec 11, 2012 Emily May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, arc, 2012
4 1/2
You know all those young adult books that feature the stereotypical blonde, popular and bitchy high-schooler? And the movies with the same? Usually there's a girl-next-door kind of heroine who is supposed to look so much better beside Ms Blonde & Popular? I know you all know what I'm talking about. Well, this is the book that kicks apart and destroys all those old stereotypes and brings to you the story of that popular girl everyone thinks they know but no one really does. There are a w
Wendy Darling
HOLY CRAP. What a mindfuck of a book. And what a crazily original heroine!

I can't even gather coherent thoughts at this point. Review to come.
This review may contain possible spoilers for Ultraviolet

If you were to ask me right now what word I think best describes Quicksilver, while trying to refrain from using the inevitable words such as 'amazing', 'mind-blowing', or even the simple (but very accurate) 'OMG', the word I would choose would be 'intense'.

And quite honestly, the fact that Quicksilver is as intense as it is is quite a feat given that there is not much action throughout most of the novel and not many fight scenes. But I t
Steph Sinclair
4.5 stars

Okay, WOW. I commission everyone to go out and read this series. Because... because... because of reasons. Awesome reasons.

Why is it that every time I finish a novel by R.J. Anderson, I can't find the right words to review it? How can I possibly give someone a run down of a book with so many twists and turns and plain old fashion AWESOME? I can do better than that. Let me try this again.

Quicksilver had me flipping pages as fast as humanly possible from beginning to end. If you are a sci
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I've been waiting for this book since the day I finished my first read of Ultraviolet - aka 2011.

So I was like:
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I finally bought it, and the day it arrived I was like this:

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With a dash of this:

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And then I met Milo and felt like this:

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Anytime anyone/anything needed/wanted my attention I felt like this:

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And then, close to the end, I was like this:

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And I had to keep telling myself this:

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And Tori was badass like this:

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And I responded by going like this:

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and this:

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And I thought that Anderson did this
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
When Quicksilver was first announced, it was said to be a companion novel to Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson’s unforgettably original novel about a girl with synesthesia. Knowing that, I didn’t expect the two to be so closely connected, but imagine my joy when I realized how wrong I was. Quicksilver is more of a sequel – a continuation of the same story told from a different perspective. I struggled a bit at first because Anderson doesn’t waste precious time on recaps, but I caught up fairly quickly ...more
Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Disappointing. That's all there really is to say about this sequel.

I'm actually quite frustrated with this one as I really liked Ultraviolet and thought it was truly epic. This one however was a total letdown as hardly anything happened and the plot was really slow paced. Let me say for the record that Alison is a WAY better narrator than Tori/Nikki. Her story was way more exciting and full of twists and turns whereas Nikki's tale just felt drab.

For a long while absolutely nothing happened exce
The world better not end before the book comes out.
May 24, 2013 Jasprit rated it really liked it
With quite a few sequels set for release this year, Quicksilver was definitely one of my highly anticipated releases. I absolutely adored Ultraviolet with its twists and turns, so couldn’t wait to get back to a fantastic set of characters.

I loved getting the story from Alison in Ultraviolet, so was surprised to learn that we would be getting Tori’s pov instead in Quicksilver. Alison was a sure favourite, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel being inside Tori’s head, especially the way things had ended
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
Sherwood Smith
Feb 11, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: sf
Quicksilver follows on from Ultraviolet, though I think one could start with the second one (but why would you want to? Ultraviolet was one of my favorite books of 2011) This one follows Tori, who didn't really come into Ultraviolet until near the end--she was the cause of Alison's being thrown into a mental hospital.

Tori and her parents have abruptly left their home, changed their names. Dad got a far less well-paying job, and Mom is coping in her own ways, as the parents are determined to prot
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

**WARNING: This review contains slight, but unavoidable, spoilers for Ultraviolet. You do not have to have read Ultraviolet to read Quicksilver, but if you want to be unspoiled for the first book, you should probably start there.**


Three months ago, perfect, popular seventeen year-old Tori Beaugrand disappeared into thin air. And then, just as inexplicably, Tori returns home, bloodied and beaten, but alive and whole.

Tori's disappearance is a myste
First impressions...
OMG! *does the fangirl Snoopy dance* Simply amazing. This book messed with my head but in a good way.
Quicksilver is a companion novel to Ultraviolet and it fills in the gaps and gives the reader a different character's perspective. Highly recommended that one reads Ultraviolet first. So looking forward to the next book! (I hope there is one.)

Actual review...
It’s not often that I read a companion novel and experience the same level of enjoyment for both books. Quicksilver is
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After reading:

4.5 stars?

"Among the books on programming and electronics I glimpsed a complete set of Monty Python DVDs, a Yoda-shaped coffee mug, and a stuffed bison with six legs that caused Milo to break into a grin."

Do my eyes deceive me or are those a Monty Python, Star Wars, and a subtle Avatar: The Last Airbender reference all in the same sentence?

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Dec 14, 2012 Ceilidh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a sadly rare occurrence these days for a YA book to not only surpass my expectations but entirely blow them away. At least this means that when it does happen, I appreciate it all the more, particularly when said book is the sequel to a book I had found to be underwhelming. “Quicksilver”, the sequel to last year’s “Ultraviolet”, is a truly special YA experience – a well-crafted and socially novel that continually surprises, takes risks and keeps the reader gripped.

For me, the real strength
Tori (InToriLex)
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"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 hav
Enjoyed this book very much. Nikki is very brave. For a teenage girl she deserves full credits for her guts and intelligence.
Her parents are protective and supportive.They gave up everything to protect Nikki.I like Milo's character. He strived his best to help Nikki, even though she didn't treat him in a proper way. He's my favorite character.
I don't understand Sebestian at all, he's weird and extremely complicated. Wish Sebestian communicated more hence I could grasp his character well. Also h
Jun 11, 2013 Logan rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, a sequel? YES! I can't wait! I was hoping there would be a sequel! What will it be about? Alison finding Faraday? Dammit, I want it now!

6/11/13: Oh my God. That book was SO fucking good.
Well, if you haven't read Ultraviolet, you shouldn't read anything past the first paragraph here. Unless reading someone else's review has already spoiled Ultraviolet and you don't care any more. That book won the (invented just for it) award for book I liked that I was happiest NOT to be reviewing, as I simply couldn't figure out how you'd do any kind of decent job reviewing it. Even the name of the magazine for which I would have written the review is a spoiler, let alone trying to talk about ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Kyle marked it as to-read
Thank God! September 6th of THIS YEAR is far more manageable than next year! That synopsis? Hell yeah, I'm excited!
Jun 14, 2016 Shiku rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
In der Rezension geht es auch um den ersten Band, "Ultraviolet".

Content Note: Das erste Buch spielt zu einem Großteil in einer psychiatrischen Klinik, in der sich das Verständnis für die Protagonistin in Grenzen hält. Außerdem enthalten ist das Stigma vieler Menschen gegenüber mentaler Erkrankungen (ob die nun zutreffen oder nicht). Die Protagonistin wird außerdem mit sexueller Nötigung konfrontiert. Im zweiten Band ist es Belästigung, gegen Ende wird es auch sehr blutig.

Sep 03, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
How did we end up here?

Since I already read ULTRAVIOLET and liked it, when the publisher offered up the sequel for review I hopped right on that. I’m pretty much all over any book Carolrhoda Lab puts out so there’s that too.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

Within the first fifty pages we have Tori/Niki trying to adjust to this new life and new identity and she had to hack off all her hair, dye it, put in contacts and get a job all while moving away from everything she knew. It’s disruptive an
Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

R.J. Anderson is a favorite of mine. I love everything she writes, whether it is fantasy about butt-kicking faeries or mind blowing science-fiction. And boy oh boy is her latest novel, Quicksilver, mind blowing. It will mess with your head in a way only the best books can.

Synopsis (from 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 c
May 16, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
Quicksilver is the sequel to the R.J. Anderson's inspired exploration of sanity, perception and synaesthesia, Ultraviolet. Quicksilver does not measure up to its predecessor. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but Ultraviolet was a perfect storm of the right concept, the right character and the right author. It was a unique story brilliantly executed. Its follow-up doesn't quite achieve such lofty heights.

But Quicksilver does prove that Anderson definitely has a knack for perspective and character.
May 31, 2016 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

4.5 stars

If someone had said to me before I started reading, "This book is nothing like Ultraviolet," I would have been all D: D: D:. Because I loved Ultraviolet. However, this book, despite having a different protagonist, tone, and theme from Ultraviolet, actually manages to equal it in awesomeness.

Tori/Niki is nothing like Alison as a narrator, and not only because she doesn't have synaesthesia. She's a totall
Amanda G. Stevens
Jul 16, 2013 Amanda G. Stevens rated it really liked it
NOTE: Spoilers below for Ultraviolet.

Tori Beaugrand's life is a composite of secrets. From her intellect to her emotions to her origin, nothing is safe to reveal. To anybody. Not her friends, new or old. Not her parents. Certainly not her enemies. And for a seventeen-year-old, Tori's attracted some interesting enemies. There's the obsessed ex-cop who wants to know what really happened when she disappeared months ago. There's the curious genetics lab who got a peek at her unearthly DNA. And of co
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars due to a powerful ending.

Book #2 of the Ultraviolet series, narrated by Tori Beaugrand, Allison's #1 rival. The story continues as the 2 girls must move on from the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday and their space adventure. Tori has very real problems down on earth and leaving behind her life and starting over may well be the only solution. When Sebastian and the ultra persistent Delgado find her she knows she's going to have to fight for her new life.

I really liked T
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