Sep 21, 2013

Ultraviolet Catastrophe (UVC) Blog Tour

Welcome to The Sarcastic Palmtree! 
We are so excited to be hosting the blog tour for Ultraviolet Catastrophe by the incredible
Jamie Grey! 

Let's get started!

Here's a little bit about the book:

Quantum Electrodynamics. String Theory. Schr√∂dinger's cat. For sixteen-year-old Lexie Kepler, they’re just confusing terms in her science textbooks, until she finds out that her parents have been drugging her to suppress her outrageous IQ. Now Branston Academy, a school run by the world’s most powerful scientists, has tracked her down and is dying for her to attend - as a research subject. 

She takes refuge at Quantum Technologies, a secret scientific community where her father works as a top-notch scientist, and begins her new life as “girl genius” at Quantum High. But the assignments at her new school make the Manhattan Project look like preschool - and Lexie barely survived freshman algebra. 

Her first big assignment – creating an Einstein-Rosen bridge – is also her first chance to prove she can hold her own with the rest of QT's prodigies. But while working with the infuriatingly hot Asher Rosen, QT’s teen wonder, Lexie uncovers a mistake in their master equation. Instead of a wormhole, the machine they’re building would produce deadly ultraviolet rays that could destroy the world.
When the lead scientist on their project turns up as a popsicle in the cryo chamber, Lexie learns that the “mistake” in the equation is actually a carefully crafted plan to sabotage Quantum Technologies. And all signs point to Branston Academy being the culprit. Now Lexie and Asher have to use their combined brainpower to stop Branston from stealing the plans and selling the doomsday device to the highest bidder, before everyone at QT is caught in the ultraviolet catastrophe.


Here's my take on the fabulous Ultraviolet Catastrophe!

I am in LOVE with these characters!  Lexie I wasn't sure I was going to like in the beginning.  She seemed too much like a teenager that was going to complain about everything, but once she accepted things and settled into her new surroundings her personality really grew on me.  Even though she knew she was smart, she didn't fully believe that she was good enough to fit in with all the other kids at QT, but not in an annoying way.  She lacked confidence which she found as time progressed.  

Asher is the resident smart, popular, "good looking and I know it" guy at school.  I loved how Lexie had the ability to knock him down a peg or two and still make him want to date her.   Honestly one of my favorite things in the book were Asher's t-shirts. I loved them!  I would tell you what some of them said but then they wouldn't make you stop and chuckle while you are reading this awesome book! ;)  Asher and Lexie worked so well together and they liked each other for everything that they were not just for looks or what they could do for the other person.  

Here is a favorite part of the book for me:

"Heat turned my skin to goosebumps at the confidence in his words.  When had I fallen so hard for the guy?  And though he was cute, it wasn't even how he looked that made my skin tingle.  It was his brain, his sense of humor.  Everything that made him Asher."


The other 3 Characters in the main group were Max, Zella and Amy.  These characters had their own strong points to help the story along and their personalities were so different it helped to keep everything fresh and interesting.  It was hard for some of them at first to accept Lexie in their group because they had been going to school together for so many years but ultimately they all became accepting in some form or another of her.  At one point while reading I sent out a tweet that said "Man I just want to PUNCH that girl Amy!"  Yeah, that was the kind of character she was, but we all have people that are a pain in our lives, Amy just happened to be the one of the group that fit that bill!  The supporting cast was well written and I wouldn't change a thing!  I also have to give a shout out to Coco.  I loved the scenes at the coffee house and her character was lot of fun!

I was AMAZED at the level of research that must have gone into this book!  The way Jamie Grey described the scientific portions was just out of this world.  I know this because I said to myself more than once while reading "There is no way I would ever know this stuff!"  It was so well thought out and presented I just can't say enough good about it!

Ultraviolet Catastrophe is a book I would recommend to anyone and everyone!  I think especially middle and high school age kids would enjoy what this book has to offer.  It is a fun, interesting, make you think type book.  I absolutely loved it! 

And now, the official, unofficial rating by

at The Sarcastic Palmtree!!

I give Ultraviolet Catastrophe 

My highest honor....10 Palmtrees!

You can add Ultraviolet Catastrophe on good reads here:  Goodreads

Here's a bit about the fantastic UVC author 
Jamie Grey:

Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.
Jamie lives in Michigan with her significant other and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at

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  1. Great review! I so loved this book too!
    Dear Lexie was a bit annoying, but so genuine!

  2. Thank you for the compliment! I love YA so much. It's where my true love of reading really started. I hope you enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by!