Uninvited (Uninvited #1)

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Uninvited (Uninvited #1)
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January 28, 2014
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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.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

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Impossible To Put Down
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What I Loved:

From the second chapter (the moment things start to go seriously wrong for the heroine), I was hooked. Smart world building and a premise that doesn't feel too far removed from what is currently possible with science make for an engrossing, disturbing story that manages to be both suspenseful and thought-provoking.

Davy is an intriguing heroine. She begins the book as a mostly typical teenage girl with talents, dreams, a boyfriend, and plans for the future. But once she's labeled a killer based on her DNA, things change drastically, and she slowly changes in response. Readers will face existential questions about nature vs. nurture and about prejudice causing a self-fulling prophecy, but those questions are threaded through a fast-paced, starkly written plot that refuses to slow down. Readers will be fascinated, moved, and scared by Davy's transformation.

While the book is told through Davy's point of view, leaving most of the character development to her, the secondary characters feel fully realized and vivid. The character of Sean will doubtless intrigue readers the most, especially readers who love an enigmatic boy with the potential to be both heroic and deadly. The author takes an unflinching approach to her secondary characters as she fleshes out a world in which society judges, ostracizes, and eventually seeks to remove those whose DNA seems to mark them as potential killers--even those who've never had a violent episode. The effects of this ostracism and prejudice are bombs within families, peer groups, romantic relationships, and communities, and the author delivers all of that within the context of relentless conflict and ever-increasing tension.

Readers who love romance will find something worth swooning over, while readers who don't want romance to be the main focus will cheer the fact that Davy becomes so focused on survival, romance is a distant second on her priority list and takes her by surprise.

What Left Me Wanting More:

My only minor quibble was a moment early on in the book when Sean plays the anti-hero briefly to deliberately scare Davy into realizing how much trouble she's in. While there is no romantic context to their relationship, and I understand his heroic motivations, those few paragraphs made me uncomfortable and might be uncomfortable for readers who've felt deliberately threatened by someone bigger than themselves. I will add that by the two-thirds mark in the book, Sean had completely won me over, and I can't wait to read more of his story.

Final Verdict:

Smart world building, a chilling premise, and characters that will engage readers from page one make UNINVITED impossible to put down.
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Chilling Tale
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I've heard amazing things about UNINVITED and knew I just HAD to read this novel. Let me tell you all: This book delivers!

What worked: Jordan opens by showing readers Davy's 'privileged' world. She's a music prodigy, rich, attends an exclusive private high school, and is dating the hottest guy on campus. But all this shatters with the results of a DNA test that shows she carries the killer gene HTS. Within a day everyone turns against her, including her BFF Tori and even her family. Jordan does a very efficient way of showing us how easily a privileged life can be erased. Chilling because this could very well be our own future with recent technological advances and how some use genetic testing to determine many factors.

Davy at first seems like an airhead rich girl but her true character rises when she becomes part of the horror of being labeled a future killer. It's Scarlet Letter meets the future.

Also I loved how we see the reactions of those around Davy and witness first hand the prejudice and fear that is directed toward her and others with the H tat. The high school 'cage' where HST positive teens are held is horrific. Little by little we see Davy's humanity stripped with each injustice that is directed her way. It would have been so easy to leave the story here. No, instead we do see a light of hope in 'bad' boy Sean who is the picture of the stereotypical 'killer'. He's in foster care, poor, and at first glance filled with contempt toward everyone including Davy. But we see how the cliche saying, 'don't judge a book by it's cover' is in this case very true. I loved the glimmer of hope that is subtly woven through this story. There is lots of violence but mostly the psychological terror is what stays with the reader.

Chilling and haunting, this story had me reflecting on recent shootings gripping our nation. I actually was able to go to a prison during one of my social work grad classes and witnessed first hand some so-called sociopaths and was able to read their background stories. Specialists were able to trace to the reasons that could have caused these prisoners to do horrific things but still it boiled down to bad choices. I shudder thinking if there was in fact a genetic test that could determine a person's predisposition toward killing. I can't even imagine what would happen if there was a chance of a mistake. Also what about free will? This book will have you questioning such things and more.

I can't wait to see what happens next for Davy. A must read.
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Thought provoking, Compelling and Terrifyingly Realistic. I Loved Every Minute!
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HOLY HTS that was good!

Thank you Harper Teen and Edelweiss for this eARC.

I've attempted to write this review several times and each time I was ready to hit, "publish", my Internet crashed. I think it's because the government is secretly watching and doesn't want me to tell you just how awesome this book is.

Too bad, because I'm going to do it anyway...

What I LOVED: Thought provoking, compelling and terrifyingly realistic, UNINVITED left me breathless, on the edge of my seat, and anxious for the next installment!

As a reader, I loved the strong characters, the action, the suspense and of course the romance. In the span of a few days Davy's entire world is flipped on it's head and the people she thought she could depend on, the ones who claimed to love her, are the first to turn against her. *shakes fist at these people - one I want to punch in the throat*

But Davy is no wilting flower. She's forced into situations that require mental, physical and emotional strength and she rises to the occasion LIKE A BOSS. And then there is Sean O'Rourke who is just... I'm sorry, what was I talking about? Oh. Right. Sean. He's is a carrier too, and even though Davy thinks he's the tall, dark and all kinds of dangerous kind of HTS, I know that HTS really stands for, Hunky Tall Soap-Slingers. You're welcome.

As a Mom, there were a few moments when I had to literally put my kindle down and step away from this book. Why? Because the behavior of some of the adults, the way they reacted, blew my mind. It also made my heart ache for the kids. If HTS were a real thing and someone tried to take my boys away from me, they would have to do it OVER-MY-COLD-DEAD-BODY.

Final Verdict: I have been a Sophie Jordan fan from the moment Jacinda first took flight in Firelight, but Uninvited is my new favorite! (And Will, I still love you, but you need to make some room for Sean on the Book Boy Shelf.)
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One often thinks that an author's second series can never outdo an author's first. That theory is DEAD wrong! Uninvited blew the Firelight trilogy out of the water! It was so good and so much fun. I read it in 24 hours tops, on a school day no less. Let me tell you, when this book comes out, drop everything and read it! It is so good and so amazing. It made me feel for the characters, I just wanted to slap so many of them silly! It shows prejudices in a new light, and almost feels like how Divergent might have started off before the Purity War.

The main character is Davy Hamilton. She is so cool. She's a musical genius, who, when she is notified of being a Carrier of the 'kill gene' loses everything. Yet Davy, for the most part, takes it in stride. Things get continually worse for her, and she has to deal with it every day. There were two characters she had to deal with who made her life miserable more so than anyone else and I have to say, I wish more had been done/said about them, like, you know, they were killed or something. :) Davy meets Sean right off the bat and is scared to death of him. Why? He's a Carrier, like her, but already has the mark of someone who has committed violence. And yet somehow, the two of them end up caring and protecting each other. Depending on how the rest of the series goes, I could see a love triangle coming up, but at the moment, the second guy is too small of a character. Also, Davy has an older brother who is the bestest of best sibling/family character EVER! He cares about her so much and sees beyond the label she's been given.

The ending of this book. Holy bleep, the end of this book. The last fourth of the book or so was NOT what I was expecting. A huge turnaround that pushed the plot into a whole other universe! The book only takes place seven years in the future, but that suddenly made it feel truly dystopian. As far as the end end goes, I need more!

Read it! Read it until you're near tears and yelling in the middle of the night at characters that exist on the beautiful pages of the book in your hands. Read it so that your friends give you crazy looks and you feel like you can't read anything ever again. The plot was fast, the romance was hot, the book was tense, and most importantly, the love ran deep. Davy has been told that she doesn't need to be this bad person they've made her out to be, and now she's out to prove it. A complete and utter five star review!
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Action packed with a likable main character who gets tougher as she's trust into a whole new and int
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I wanted to read Uninvited because the synopsis appealed to me. I can't imagine isolating a gene like that and then all of the sudden being told that you have the killer gene. The ramifications as well as the fallout, friends and possibly family isolating you, jobs, school, and how you're viewed all changed in an instant intrigues me and I like the premise. I've also been wanting to read something by Sophie Jordan because I know her other series was popular but I just haven't had a chance to get caught up, so with a new series, I have a new chance.
I connected with Davy, she is smart and good at music, something I admire in others but have no talent for myself. Her reactions to finding out she had the gene was emotional, and lived up to what I was expecting. I can't imagine myself in her shoes, but I imagine that I would react similarly. She is naive at times, but I love how her world view is forced to shift as she fights against being labeled. But she discovers others that she sympathizes, connects with, wonders why they are marked, or are they like her and feel they are there by mistake. She is a rich white female, so she doesn't fit the profile of a violent person, someone capable of murder, and that leaves her with less in common with others in the Cage, the other carriers at her new school. But as she gets to know some of them, they have more in common than she'd once thought, even if only their future has been jerked from them and they have limited options for college, jobs, and the rest of their lives.
As for as romance, at the very beginning, I had to keep telling myself not to like Zac, the above mentioned boyfriend in the synopsis, because I knew that regardless of the chemistry they had, that he was going to be a douche. Sure enough, even though he wasn't as bad as her other friends, he still proved himself unworthy.
The mystery of Sean was great. He was an enigma in the HTS world, people seemed to fear him, and I wanted to know why. Because each encounter he had with Davy was intense, but he showed kindness to her. There is some incredible tension between the two, and it was easy to start rooting for a romance between them instead of silly old Zac. He showed up at just the right time to help her and get her out of tough situations, or just to help her pick herself up off the floor when she's down.
The pacing was great, as well as easing us into the changes in the world, while at the same time providing the details we need to know in a unique format. At the beginning of some chapters, there are short government fyi's or convos between senators and those leading the program in charge of those with HTS, or even between Zac and her friend Tori. It kept my attention at all times, whether its character development and change of Davy, mystery with Sean, building the relationship between Davy and her troublemaker but non-HTS carrier Mitchell, to other action that moved the plot along.
Thinking back though, the world building didn't make sense in a few areas, especially New Haven. Their abilities and why they were chosen if they were just to be trained for fighting kinda puzzled me, but this may be revealed in the next book. That aside, that doesn't take away any of my enjoyment of the series, it is one that I didn't want to put down.
The ending wrapped up the threads of this book pretty well, and I am excited to get into the next book of the series to see what happened after the exciting ending.

Bottom Line: Action packed with a likable main character who gets tougher as she's trust into a whole new and intriguing to me world.
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Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
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Oh man, I really, REALLY liked this one. I had never read any of Sophie Jordan's work before but when I was auto-approved awhile back for all of HarperTeen's titles on Edelweiss, I snatched this one up in a hurry.I was so hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't. I was fully thrust into this world where it is so very much like it was prior to the end of segregation of African Americans and Caucasians.

Davina "Davy" Hamilton has a bright future but all of that comes to a crushing, heartbreaking end when she is found to be carrying the HTS gene. Suddenly, all her friends abandon her, her boyfriend ditches her and her parents seem afraid of her. She is now sent to a different school where the carriers are separated from the other students, the normal ones who don't carry this gene.

Davy's lost everything and I could feel the grief through the pages of the book.Suddenly she's friendless and terrified.She's thrust into a room at her new school that's dubbed The Cage. It's here where she meets both allies and adversaries.I really liked Coco from what little we saw of her and I was really wishing she was more of a presence in this book.

Now to the guys who were very mysterious initially, although they couldn't have been any different. Gil was more outgoing and friendly. Sean was quiet and not all that friendly. He definitely wasn't mean to Davy, but he definitely had an edge to him.Maybe it was the HTS thing or maybe it was his home situation, but I think it was a combination of both.

As quickly as her former friends turned against her, I never would have believed that her ex boyfriend and her ex best friend along with other kids would have turned her in for a seemingly minor crime. But they did and I was heartbroken for Davy.It wasn't right and it made Davy feel even more hopeless.

When she's given an unexpected opportunity, she takes it instantly. What she doesn't know is that by taking this offer, she's putting herself in even more danger.Soon she meets other kids like her, who have the HTS gene. She meets more adversaries and one more ally, all the while trying to ignore her growing feelings for Sean.

Watching that relationship slowly develop was awesome. It wasn't a case of insta-love, thank goodness. Sean worked his butt off to protect Davy throughout this book. They were friends long before they became anything else.Their romance added a bright light in a very bleak world.

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to mention the FEELS. Ohhhh boy there were a lot of feels for me in this book. Not just one or two feels either. A whole range of feels. From sadness, to happiness to glee and many other feels.Books that give me these kinds of feels are always going to be some of my favorites.

I really did enjoy this book a lot. There are only a few things I didn't like so much. I wish we had learned how the HTS gene was discovered and a little back-story on that. I also didn't like Davy's parents that much. I know they were scared but I didn't particularly love the way they treated Davy. It wasn't like she asked for this gene. Her brother was awesome though. He seems bound and determined not to see Davy as a threat to his safety. He treats her normally unlike her parents and her former friends.

I cannot wait to read the final book in the duology. I have a feeling that it will be amazing.So go read it if you like action, romance and above all, books that make you feel.
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