R J Anderson
"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 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."
I came across this book a few weeks ago and it really intrigued me. I was lucky enough to receive it for review. From the first page I was thrown in, which is why I had to finish this in one sitting.
I couldn't find anything to criticise in all honesty, because I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I could say is it left me wanting more in terms of Alison and Faraday.
There are plenty of pros in favour of this book. Although the pace is not necessarily quick it does set its own, which works well with the story. The characters are all interesting and engaging, and not just because many of them are mentally unwell. My favourite character was Kirk, and I continued to enjoy the light he brought to the book, even when he was dark. I found Kirk to be a constant bit of comic relief, which was useful.
The most significant aspect I enjoyed was Alison's gift. I don't want to spoil this, as I was actually surprised by it. I expected telekinesis or the usual brands of superpowers, but Alison is far more interesting than that.
Furthermore, I loved the reason for Alison's attraction to Faraday. It was not because he was 'hot' or anything as mundane, but because he tasted like chocolate. There is a girl after my own heart.
I experienced a full range of emotions while reading this book, which is sign of a great book. I was able to connect emotionally with the main protagonis, but also many of the other characters. Even by the end of the novel I respected and liked Tori.
Therefore, I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in reading something a little different. The story is beautiful, and full of pretty descriptions which would be out of place in any other area.
I give this story five bags of Milkyway Magic Stars