Review: Ultraviolet by R J Anderson

Ultraviolet

Okay so I’m reading about four books at the moment so I figured in the meantime I’ll post a review of a book I read a while ago. I bought when I got my first debit card which must’ve been two years ago now and it was actually the first purchase I made with it.

The first book I read by R J Anderson was actually ‘Knife’ which came out in 2009 and I absolutely loved it. She wrote a couple more books in that series and then published ‘Ultraviolet’ which was a different story – Sixteen year old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teenagers, having murdered the most 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 can’t explain what happened, one minute she was fighting with Tori and the next Tori disintegrated.

I’m pretty sure that was all I knew about the book when I bought it and I was really looking forward to it. It starts off really well and I was instantly hooked. I couldn’t put the book down. We follow Alison as she tries to figure out what happened between her and Tori and if she’s truly losing her mind. Then we meet Dr Faraday who believes her story and tries to help her. We can all see where this is going.

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Despite knowing that Alison was slowly falling for Dr Faraday I was really enjoying the story. I wanted to know what had really happened to Tori and if Alison was going to make it out of the mental institute. R J Anderson has a good writing style and the characters felt real if that makes any sense. It was pretty difficult to put this book down. Until… The plot twist.

Obviously I don’t want to give away the plot twist or too much of the end of the story but I didn’t like it. The rest of the book is absolutely amazing but the moment I got to the plot twist I just got irritated and lost most of my interest in the story – which really sucks because up until that point I was certain it was going to be my favourite book!

After Ultraviolet, Anderson wrote the sequel called ‘Quicksilver’ which I can’t even review because I found it so dull. It took me over a year to finally finish it and I really couldn’t get into it.

I guess I would recommend this book because other people might not find the plot twist irritating. However, I would really recommend the ‘Knife’ series by her – all of them, especially the first book, were interesting and kept me hooked.

The Woman in Black Angel of Death: Review by Holly Bareham

The Woman in Black Angel of Death

I’m actually relatively on time with this review because I watched this film the day it came out! Even though I was absolutely exhausted from staying up until 3AM with my friend on New Year’s Eve… Ah well. Something strange happened when I went to see this movie – I got ID’d. I haven’t been ID’d for a fifteen in a while and I didn’t get ID’d buying cigarettes the other night so I was kind of shocked. The woman explained it was because the rating from the original film, which was a twelve, had been put up to a fifteen.

Now I really enjoyed the original film. I watched it at the cinema twice and the second time was probably my favourite experience ever (my friend kept whacking me when she jumped, one kid said ‘use your wand Harry’ really loudly and one girl kept laughing after jump scare so eventually this guy mimicked her laugh to get her to shut up) so I had high expectations for this film. Everyone who’s seen the original Woman in Black knows that the film mainly relies on jump scares which are something I’ve criticised in past reviews. I think the Woman in Black is an exception because at least there’s a decent storyline behind the jump scares.

The film sets place in World War Two, forty years after the original film is set and a group of evacuees are sent to live in Eel Marsh House with their teacher and her teaching assistant. Obviously, it doesn’t take long before the teaching assistant, Eve Parkins, starts to notice that there’s something not quite right about the house.

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I saw the trailer for this film at the cinema a few times and I thought it looked absolutely amazing. I was certain it was going to be better than the first one. However, although the second one was a little scary it didn’t have the same feel that the first one had to it. It could be now we know the Woman in Black’s motivations it’s not as scary or it could be due to the fact that they used nearly the exact same jump scares from the original film except they included less. A lot less. The second film seemed to be going for a different feeling. Can I describe what I mean by that? Absolutely not. It could be that they had a lot more characters to work with – three adults and around eight children doesn’t really give off the same effect as when Daniel Radcliffe is going round by himself. It could also be due to them changing directors for the sequel.

The film itself wasn’t bad. If it was a standalone film I think I would’ve liked it a lot more but because I know the original was better it makes it seem that little bit worse. I mean, the plot was okay from what I saw in the trailer but they tried to go into more depth with two of the characters (I’m trying so hard not to give away spoilers) and it didn’t really work? There was only one character I particularly cared about by the end of the film and I think they were shown brilliantly with a decent backstory.

I’d recommend this to you if you’re in the mood for a ‘slightly jumpy’ film but nothing terribly scary. It’s one of those films you’ll watch and then forget about the moment you leave the cinema. Definitely not as a good as the first one.