Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Monday, December 1, 2014

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)
Title: Uninvited (Uninvited #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: January 28, 2014

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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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Megan of HarperCollins for the ARC! Having received a review copy did not affect my views in any way.

Reading Uninvited has left me out of sorts. It elicited all sorts of reactions from me, from anger at snotty people who discriminate to pity for characters to are-you-effin-serious to this-is-ridiculous to cheese-alert. I'm in a list-y mood so a list review! I'll list the things I liked and the things that didn't work out for me. So here goes!

Things I Liked About Uninvited

1. Premise. I admit to being so pumped for this book because of the premise. The freakin' premise that there's a gene that codes for being homicidal. Now, my background is in molecular biology so I actually dig about reading anything about DNA in YA. The premise is realistic and not far-fetch, which made me glow with glee. Uninvited was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014, that's for sure.

2. Cover. Damn, that cover. As if I wasn't interested enough in the premise, you thrust that cover to me, with the DNA helix in her hair and SOLD. I am so sold.

3. Engaging. This was such a fast read because I just kept on turning the pages. I read this in one sitting so that's a feat. It was compelling and you just want to know what the heck happens next. I applaud Sophie Jordan for the pacing and her execution.

Things I Didn't Quite Like About Uninvited

1. Characters. I need to love the characters in order to love a book. Sadly, the characters in here fell flat to me. Davy was irritating at times and Sean was such a cardboard cutout. He doesn't have any quirks! He's a standee. He has no personality. Sigh.

2. Romance. With Sean like that, it was impossible for me to get giddy and all that with the romance. I just wasn't invested in anything. I wanted to know what happens but not because I was rooting for them. I just like the premise, is all. Some scenes would have been super sweet and would have made me profess my love for Sean but I never felt a thing.

3. Predictability. And there's the novel's predictability. I was never surprised with anything and that sucked. I know, stories like these can only go a finite number of ways but whatever, if Alex London's Proxy did it, there's no excuse. Even though I was flying through the pages, I expected everything that happened.

Whew. I think that was one of the shortest reviews I've ever wrote. Granted, I read the book months ago and I just never had the urge to review it. Still, I can remember my comments because this draft has been sitting in here with the list but with no explanation. So do I recommend this book? Actually, I still do. Some people loved the characters and connected with them and if you'll be one of those people, I think you will highly enjoy this one. As for me, I'm still waiting for the sequel and I will still read it but it'd be probably just to know what happens and not because I am going cray over it. Which means if ever I don't get to read it, it's still fine with me.

About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.


  1. yes Dianne! I love any book science related. (did you read Control by Lydia Kang?) so i am so so excited for Uninvited! my sister absolutely loved it. Like you said, if i was able to connect with the characters then i'll probably love the book :D

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. No, I haven't read CONTROL! I'm waiting for the paperback and I hope to read it soon! I do hope you'll enjoy UNINVITED. It's cool in premise but it just wasn't for me. Gah, I love science in fiction. <3 Thanks for dropping by, Juhina!


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