Saturday, 1 March 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan: Review

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)Ttitle: Uninvited
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Buy This Book: Book Depository / Amazon
The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
It is thanks to Twitter that I finally got around to reading this book, proof that I should use Twitter more often. I was struggling to decide what to read and so I turned to the good people on Twitter, who helped tremendously. Uninvited came out the winner and I am so happy that I did because they didn't let me down, this book was incredible. I thought this review would be so easy to write because I loved the book so much, but it's actually making it harder. I want to do the book justice and write a review that makes you want to go out and buy it or one click it.

Finding out that she has the HTS gene completely changes Davy's life. She's a musical prodigy with a bright future ahead of her and a boyfriend she loves. But that all changes when her test results come back and show she is a HTS carrier, a killer. Now she has to leave behind her friends and boyfriend, not that they want to be around her any more anyway and go to a public school with other carriers, people who could potentially kill her. It's here that she meets Sean, who carries the H tattoo that shows he has been violent once already and proves that he's as dangerous as the government says. He scares Davy but at the same time he fascinates her, especially when he steps in to help her.

I got sucked into this story right from the very beginning. The premise sounded perfect to me and I couldn't wait to read how it all played out and how the HTS aspect worked. I felt for Davy almost instantly as I watched her whole future get taken away from her all because of one test. I felt she was a great female character, even if she seemed a little weak at times and constantly in need of saving. But she has her moments where you see just how strong she really is.

Sean has the quiet, brooding, mysterious act down perfectly. Move over Four because you now have some serious competition. We have another strong male character and he steps in to save our heroine any chance he gets. But I don't feel like that makes Davy seem weak at all but shows how much Sean isn't willing to sit back and watch others get hurt. It was nice to see that he didn't just do it for her but for others too, which showed how much of a nice guy he was. The romance is very slow building; do not worry about any insta-love or love triangles because they are nowhere to be found in this.

I don't want to give away any spoilers because I adored this whole book and want you all to experience that for yourselves. The book has two parts and part two completely blew me away. I couldn't put the book down from then on because I had no clue what would happen next and I HAD to know. Part 2 for me had quite a few elements that really reminded me of Divergent. There's a training scene where Davy is pitted against some big strong guy that is clearly going to beat the crap out of her. And a few other things I don't want to mention because of spoilers.

I honestly had only two faults with the whole book and one only came to me as I was writing the review. My first issue was that Davy sings Hurt and refers to it as a Johnny Cash song. She's a musical prodigy and I feel she should know that it's a Nine Inch Nails song. My second issue was what happened when people were found out to be HTS carriers. It does change their lives and future prospects but it didn't make perfect sense to me. Do the government think everyone with the gene will turn out to be a killer? If so, why keep them around people and in schools if you truly believe they are all going to snap and kill someone? The government were mental, but clearly not mental enough.

This was such a great read for me and exactly the kind of book I needed. The end doesn't end on a huge cliff hanger but leaves it very, very open for the sequel. In all honesty, it left me wanting to invent a time machine so I can go forward in time and get the sequel and a few others while I'm at it. I will definitely be continuing the series and can't wait for the next book.

5/5 Butterflies

I really loved this and I can't wait for the sequel. The romance was slow building and the tension was getting to me by the end! The premise was brilliant and pulled off really well and the second half of the book really sucked me into the story and wouldn't let me go. This was all kinds of mind-blowingly, out-of-this-world, I-am-in-love awesomeness. Where is the sequel? Gives it to me.... GIVES ME THE PRECIOUS!



*I received a copy of this novel from the author/publisher/publicist via Edelweiss in exchange for a free and honest review and received no monetary compensation for this review.

18 comments:

  1. Johnny Cash did a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song in 2002, shortly before he died. So you are right, originally NIN, but Cash did it to. Great review. I enjoyed this one too.

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    1. I know the Cash cover but I thought she should have known who actually wrote it. I think that stems from a friend calling me an idiot when I said it was written by Trent Reznor and he argued for about twenty minutes that it was Johnny Cash's song. Thanks for checking out my review and glad you enjoyed it too :)

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I absolutely loved it :) It was so well written and I loved the relationship between Davy and Sean. Love the GIF, that's exactly how I feel about the sequel too!

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    1. I NEEDS IT! Sean and Davy's relationship might just have been my favourite part of the whole book ;)

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  3. I NEED this book in my life! Glad you enjoyed it and great review!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you read and enjoy it, it's so good :)

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  4. I loved this one too, I thought it was fairly realistic because I could see this happening, the fear, the panic, the reaction, etc. I felt so bad for Davy and her so-called friends. And Sean...loved him. And I know what you mean, sometimes it's so hard to write a review for a book you love because you don't know if you can express how much you loved it. Great review! ~Pam

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    1. I wrote that in my notes but somehow forgot to mention it in my review - I loved how realistic it felt. I could see something like that happening very easily. I really struggled writing this, I am always better with books I really disliked than books I loved or thought were just meh. Thanks so much :)

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  5. This book sounds really fantastic. I can't wait to clear off some books that I need to read, so I can read this one. :)

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    1. I hope you get to it soon, it's a great read :)

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  6. Ouch, that sounds like an incredible mistake on the songs part. Dang. BUT STILL. This sounds epic and awesome and I'd really love to read this! I also love the idea of her name being Davy. That is an awesome name. Just sayin'. I'm a bit wary that it's so much like Divergent though. I really love Divergent....and I have this THING where I don't like reading take-offs or whatnot. Like the million "this is the next Hunger Games!" books. Meh. Don't like.

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    1. Have no fear, it isn't REALLY like Divergent. It was only a part of the second half that reminded me so much of it. Up until that point I hadn't felt it was like Divergent at all. I'd really recommend it, it's a great start to a new series.

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  7. I've actually heard some mixed reviews of this one, which I find a bit worrisome. That said, the premise does sound good, and I love Sophie's writing. Lovely review!

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    1. I really loved it so of course I'd recommend it :)

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  8. I'm glad that you loved this as much as you did! I had a few issues with it, but overall enjoyed it... especially enough to read the sequel, I really need to find out what happens to Davy!

    I also found the pop culture references weird, I forgot about the Hurt one until you pointed it out but I foudn the referencing of Brad Pitt and Glee awkward. I totally agree as well about the government... if they were so dangerous why were they even ALLOWED out? So weird... I think there is more to it that we will see in the second book!

    Great review!!

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    1. I found that all really awkward too, especially Glee because surely it would have been long gone by then and would they really be repeating it all the time? I really hope there is more to it in book two because that didn't make that much sense to me.

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  9. Awesome review! I'm so excited to read this now, I wasn't too sure about the premise but you've convinced me! I have a review copy of this so will bump it up the TBR!

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it, I found it was a really easy read but really exciting. But now I kind of NEEEEED the sequel and that's bad!

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