Author: R.J Anderson
Genre: YA Fiction, Sci-fi
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (September 1st 2011)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository
My Rating: 4/5
Description from GoodReads:
"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."My Review:
Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she’s confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated—into nothing.
But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would.
For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
Was it just me or the whole "This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her" grab your attention. I don't usually read Sci-fi but this one was amazing. I was not expecting the twist in the last part of this book. I should have from different clues that were dropped but no I was like "WHAT?!!"
This story begins with a bam! Alison is in a mental hospital because it appears that she may have killed a girl from school. She doesn't remember much just Tori disintegrating before her, so she assumes that maybe she is losing her mind. Like any sane person would believe given the circumstances. The beginning of the story takes place in the mental institution were she meets other kids with problems and tries to get a grasp of reality. Then Sebastian Faraday comes into her life and appears to have the answers to all of her questions. He believes her and listens and his voice tastes like chocolate. What's not to like. Right? This is where the unexpected twist occurs. Won't say any more because I don't want to ruin the story.
I liked the character of Alison. I believe she took the whole I might have killed someone and ended up in a mental hospital pretty well. She has a very believable voice and her ability to taste and see colors when people speak sounds incredible. I admit it was one of the things that made this book a joy to read.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance and Sci-fi.
*Disclosure: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher (Carolrhoda Books via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.