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The Ultra Violets

(The Ultra Violets #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Meet four best friends. They’re not super…yet.

IRIS: Visionary, artist, leader--the glitter-glue that holds the group together.

CHERI: A girly-girl on platform roller-skates who's never met a rescue puppy she didn’t immediately-and-madly love.

SCARLET: Short enough that you won’t see her sneaking up behind you. Freckled enough that you might mistake her for innocent. But loo
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Razorbill (first published March 5th 2013)
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Jeff Raymond
It's so...purple!

The best thing I can say about this is that the artwork is fun, but the story is ultimately dragged down by too much of an attempt to make sure all the boxes are checked in terms of archetypes instead of really pushing a good superhero story for girls. The book ends up being unfortunately forgettable in that case without adding anything new in a genre that could really stand to have a standout, superlative book in it.

Really unfortunate read, I recommend a pass.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Ultra-Violets was a fun and cute read for younger girls. I thought the plot line was interesting but it was very very full of rainbows and sparkles (as in only girly girls would enjoy this book). I found the characters to be pretty flat, as in "this is the tomboy", "this is the girly girl", but likable. I thought that Opal was the most multi layered of the characters and I thought her development from passive to overly aggressive and evil was interesting. A couple things that I'm not sure ho ...more
Áine Ryan
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
At first I thought I wasn't going to like this book, as the 'sassy' attitudes and sarcasm don't work on the 7-year-old girls we meet at the beginning.
However, after the intro, when we skip forward 4 years and they're 11/12, their personalities do work better, and the colloquial narrator won me over - think Powerpuff Girls narrator, but a woman.
Similar to TVs Totally Spies or PPG, with all-female cast of strong, clever women/girls, and themes of friendship & accepting differences, I think thi
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plan-to-re-read
From what I remember reading this years ago, I loved this book and would definitely recommend to younger audiences.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pretty cute and funny book series. Would recommend to younger audiences.
Sharayah Preman
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slow to start, but my daughter and I really enjoyed the ending.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
OK book for girls. Very purple. 4 BFFs become friends with weird superpowers.
Mara Severts
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The ultra violets, by Sophie bell, is at best a three. I understand I have incredibly high expectations for about a third grade book, but hear me out. I read this in third grade. I bought this in third grade. I remember reading this in third grade. But I didn't remember anything about this book other that being relitivley satisfied at the end. However, when I picked the book back up, I was extremely confused. The premise of the book is that chemicals were dropped on these female "best friends" a ...more
Kaleena Melotti
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell is a middle grade action-packed purple adventure! First off, let me say, I *loved* this book and I think my daughters will love this book too! The illustrations by Chris Battle were completely awesome. And, if you couldn't tell, everything was PURPLE (even in the Kindle ebook)! No, black and white boring print and drawings... all purple! (And, that's my favorite color!)

We meet the main characters, Iris, Cheri, Scarlet, and Opaline, as giddy little second-graders
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received The Ultra Violets out of the blue, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I don’t mind reading Middle Grade books as you could probably tell if you’ve seen some of my Middle Grade reviews. I just found The Ultra Violets to be a little too much for me. Don’t get me wrong though, it is a good book I just feel like it is strictly aimed towards young kids and there really isn’t much wiggle room there as far as the age of the reader goes.

If you’re a parent with young children, especially
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
Four young girls were best friends and their moms all worked as scientists. At a sleepover one night, their babysitter accidentally spilled a substance all over them. The friends had to move away and lost touch. Then one day Iris's hair turned purple, for no known reason. Then the girls end up moving back to attend the same school. After another sleepover, they realize that they are all a bit different. They can now do things that they couldn't before. They need to figure out how to use their po ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it

Source: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I received this book unsolicited from the publisher and thought it looked adorable. It kind of reminded me of the Powerpuff Girls and I love stories focusing on female friendship especially during the years of middle-school, which are tough. As shown on the cover, this book is about four young girls and incorporates the color purple. In fact, the font is purple throughout (but still perfectly readable if that's a co
When teenius (teen-genius) Candace was babysitting 4 precocious seven-year-olds one night, her helio-mixture of scientific proportions went awry covering the little girls with purplely goo. Little did they know at the time that they would all acquire some super-powers (some good, some bad). Fast forward four years, and now these 11-year-olds are starting to come into their powers...super-fashionable Cheri is now a math-wizard and friend to forsaken animals everywhere, Scarlet uses her athletic a ...more
Nikki S
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own, middle-grade
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From the very beginning I fell in love with this book. I needed a pick me up after the heaviness of my last book, and this book did the job and more! I laughed so hard at this the entire time. Mostly because of my love for puns and this read was FULL of them and I loved it. My favorite was from Cheri, the one who loved animals, "Salami" the weiner dog. Cutest thing ever lol
The story line is nothing short of adorable. They start o
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This book was a cute story for girls. It was definitely aimed for younger kids though. I probably would have enjoyed it when I was really young, but it is really long for the desired age range (I would say 7-11 years old). I really liked all of the pop Luther references. They were really funny and entertaining. However, for this book being written for such a you g age, I'm not sure the readers would understand or even notice those r
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I started to read this book to filter it for my younger sister. If you like The PowerPuff Girls it is possible you will like this book. Whereas, I, until recently, was never allowed to read such books/novels. (I know, strange, but good reasoning.)
I give it a 3/5 stars, because the writing is very basic, not all correct, which is not all bad. It is a tween novel after all.
Jennifer Domkus
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ultra-violets-1
i got the book randomly at chapters. i really just thought it would be like any female super heroes, fun and dramatic. well u got the dramatic part right. i thought if anyone out there has ever watched the show teenage mutant ninja turtles, this is kind of the girl version.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: some-favorites
Girls will enjoy the spright, girly chatter of the narrative, and the BFF vibe, not to mention the purple-inked text. But the pacing is slow as the girls come to discover and explore their superpowers and I wished things would just start HAPPENING already!
Avery Liu
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great and funny read. The way it is written is funny and modern. The illustrations really top off this book. I love all the use of the color purple. I love the idea of girls with superpowers as it shows empowerment and strength in girls.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a really cute book ! It kind of reminds me of the powerpuff girls
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! Clever, funny and great for fans of Powerpuff Girls!
Kyra Uzzell
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!I love all the the books!I wish there were more.
Misty Hernandez
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Erin Anderson
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