April 29, 2015

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited (#1) by Sophie Jordan (2014)
384 pages
Genre: Dystopian/Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: I got it as a gift for my birthday last year.
Purchase: Barnes &  Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

I am doing something completely different with this review. I am showing you an actual picture of my post-it where I took my notes while reading. How cool is that? I will elaborate on each point below. Usually I have a lot messier of a post-it with scribbled notes all over, half of which I usually can't really read, so I chose this particular book to try out this new review style because it is a lot neater and easier for you to read. Now let's begin, from top to bottom.

My Post-It
- Why does it say Texas in the corner? That is where the book took place. I am trying to keep track for the reading road trip challenge. If I don't write it down as soon as I figure out the setting of a book I will completely forget later on.

- A book about people with the kill gene? How could that not be intense.

- I may have loved this book, but the whole time while I was reading I wanted real proof, the actual science behind the kill gene. We do get little snippets of information, but considering how everyone was treated I wanted more.

- The very good comment was just a vague note that the book was turning out to be very good indeed.

- The way these kill gene carriers were treated broke my heart, and I hate to say that it seemed like something that would happen today if this became a thing.

- Once again I take note of how much the way these people were treated bothered me.

- Can you tell that I like mystery men? I swooned.

- The character does struggle a lot. She has to really work through all the changes happening to her once she is tagged as someone with the kill gene. Considering everything that happens to hear I think she handles it pretty well.

- "Devouring" - A self explanatory note.

- "Super Good" - Also self explanatory, although a little vague. My bad.

- So why am I not sure about reading the next book? I did love this one, but according to some reviews and the synopsis I think I would be better off with just sticking with the ending with this one and creating my own future for the characters than reading the next book.

What do you think of this review style? I'm not sure I am sold on it yet. Was it easy to follow? Did you like seeing my actual notes that I took while reading?


  1. i like this review style. although I coudnt read the post it not, my computer made it all scrunched together. i like the idea though. i don't take notes while reading. i hav thought about it but never remember when i am acutally reading. so like i said, i like it. i think you should keep it.

    1. Sad day.... I should look up this post on my husband's computer just to see if the picture got messed up on there too. :(

      I wish I could not take notes! I feel like I would never be able to write a review if I didn't... unless of course I wrote the review right after I finished the book or the next day then I probably could. Maybe. lol


  2. I love LOVE this style of review! It took me through your reading process! Very cool. I will definitely be checking this book out soon! :)

    1. Thanks Holly! It was kind of fun sharing my notes with everyone! I really liked this book and hope you do as well. :D I hope you are having a good week.

  3. I really enjoyed this one too Kay, although I still haven't read book two. I love that you showed your post -it thoughts :)

    1. Thanks! I had fun with the post-it thing.

  4. I loved this book but I am hesitant to read the next one as well - mostly because the reviews were not that great. I might follow you and just end with this one. It's been long enough that the need to have more has faded anyway.

    1. The reviews for the next books scare me too. They do. If you do read it you must tell me what you think.

  5. I thought that was why the Texas was on there (: ~ I completely forget too. I have to go back and see what I read or write it down somewhere.
    There always seems to be a problem with the logic behind some of these books. Either too little or too much information.
    That's sad to read that you would think people would treat the kill gene people the same way, but I think the same. It takes so much time for society to accept each other and then it's not necessarily fully realized.
    I like this review style. Mixing things up every once in a while can always be a great thing to do. I was able to follow your notes easily. If it were me you would have to squint to follow along.
    I understand what you mean about not wanting to continue along with the sequel when this one had a perfectly good ending. That rarely happens to me where I don't understand why something has a sequel when it concluded perfectly for me in the first book. You might change your mind in a couple of years though. It's usually too enticing to ignore, but that might be just me.

    1. I am trying so hard to remember to take note of the state the book took place in for your Reading Road Trip challenge. I am glad it is making me pay more attention and it is fun to see my growing list of states!

      I totally agree with you on all points of your comment! Especially the part about a sequel usually being too enticing to ignore even if I don't really need to read it. I don't like leaving things unfinished either... We shall see. ;)


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