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You can't change your DNA . . . even when it says you're a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she's never hurt a fly. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.


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You can't change your DNA . . . even when it says you're a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka "the kill gene," she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she's never hurt a fly. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the "H" tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems.

Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Merging a contemporary setting with a believable speculative premise, Jordan (the Firelight series) introduces Davy Hamilton, who appears to have it all—a gorgeous boyfriend, a future at Julliard—until she is diagnosed with "Homicidal Tendency Syndrome," a genetic predisposition toward violence. She is "uninvited" from her private high school, assigned an unsympathetic caseworker, and forced to attend school in a "Cage" with other HTS kids. Among them are the sweet, smart Gil, and Sean, a lifetime "carrier" who's more protective than violent. Jordan skillfully hints at a rapidly disintegrating, near-future America, using chilling chapter interstitials—texts, fragments of interviews, lists—that illustrate a society prepared to sacrifice civil rights for an illusion of safety. Are those diagnosed with the HTS gene really destined to kill, or is their behavior the outcome of being treated like criminals? The first half is slow, as Davy feels the impact that the HTS label has on her privileged life, but the action becomes more immediate when Davy, Sean, and Gil are recruited for an elite government school designed to exploit their violent instincts. Ages 13–up. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (Feb.)
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Lona Trulove
Uninvited is a wonderfully fast-paced, gripping novel that hooks the reader from the very beginning. Davy Hamilton, a talented senior at a promising prep school, finds herself “uninvited” from her school when she tests positive for HTS, otherwise known as the “kill gene.” Her life turns upside down based on the test results. One day she is loved and adored by her friends and boyfriend, and the next she is feared and shunned. The real action begins when Davy is sent to another school and meets other carriers, one of whom is Sean, who has been marked with the “H” tattoo, proving his violent nature. Together, they find romance, adventure, and danger as they try to survive as marked individuals. Jordan’s Davy is a believable character. She is a regular teenage girl who gets thrown into a very scary situation. She does not have unique powers or traits to get her through it; instead she shows the characteristics of any young woman, making her easily relatable. This novel lends itself to some interesting discussion topics including nature versus nurture, fear and group mentality, as well as government involvement in social issues. Uninvited is a quick read filled with romance, action, and danger that will appeal to both boys and girls. This is a page-turner. Reviewer: Lona Trulove; Ages 12 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
She's tagged as a killer. But that's not so bad. Beautiful, blonde, wealthy 17-year-old Davy Hamilton attends a posh private school in her Texas hometown and spends page after page mooning over her rugby-playing, Zac Ephron–esque boyfriend, Zac. All goes awry, however, when it's discovered that she has Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, which means she could grow up to be a serial killer (!!!!!). She's then whisked away from her school and social life and forced to attend a special juvielike school for students with the same diagnosis. At this point, readers might think that terrible things happen to Davy—that she could be put into terrifying danger or might struggle against her own genetic code. But no—she goes to class, slaps her ex-boyfriend, gets tattooed as punishment for acting out and pines after another hot boy in her new school. This nonthriller is packed with more overwrought, lusty musings than a Harlequin romance. Some of the sentences actually work, while others are so preposterous they'll have readers giggling: "Closing my eyes, I savor the sensation of Zac's lips on my throat." But there's no vampire here, and there's not that much action. And Davy comes off as a weak, whiny, boy-chasing protagonist who makes Bella look like Lara Croft. A schlocky bodice-ripper disguised as a dystopian romance. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)
“this fast-paced story is a solid addition to the dystopian genre.”
Kerrelyn Sparks
“Magnificent and masterful! A world so captivating, you’ll never want to leave!”
Carrie Ryan
UNINVITED asks the question: will you let the world define who you are or will you choose to define yourself? Put simply: I loved this book!
Kiersten White
“Firelight soars to dizzying heights, combining forbidden love, scorching romance, and thrilling danger.”
Colleen Houck
Praise for the Firelight series:“The Firelight series is a rare sparkling gem. I delved into the mystical world and discovered a fast–paced, gripping story. …Anytime my readers ask for a book recommendation, I always say, ‘Read Sophie Jordan!’”
BooklistBooklist on FIRELIGHT
“Jordan’s compelling addition to the supernatural star–crossed lovers theme is equal parts taut suspense and sensuous romance.”
Rachel Vincent
A riveting, disconcerting vision of a near–future corrupted by genetic profiling. Thoroughly unputdownable.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—High school senior Davy has her future all planned out until genetic testing determines that she has Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. In this near-future dystopia, people with this "kill gene" are more likely to commit murder and are isolated from the rest of the population. Essentially, those who possess the "kill gene" are treated in a manner that would inspire thoughts of murder in even the most mild mannered teens. Davy is expelled from her prep school and sent to a public school that is equipped to handle her condition. Her relationship with her boyfriend disintegrates slowly, and her relationship with her family changes. There is also a dangerous but attractive bad boy in her new school. The stakes are raised when those who have the kill gene are institutionalized, and Davy must, yet again, adjust to a very different life than she had planned. The inevitable sequel will no doubt uncover government corruption at the highest levels. While the author relies too heavily on telling rather than showing, this is an entertaining read once disbelief has been suspended. Jarringly, the romantic scenes, while not explicit, use the vocabulary of more adult romance. Teens hungry for this genre will not mind and, in fact, will eagerly await the sequel. Uninvited will be appreciated by fans of Suzanne Young's The Program (S. & S., 2013) and similar romantic dystopian titles.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062233653
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Uninvited Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 83,306
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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        I wanted to read Uninvited because the synopsis appealed to

        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. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    This book has left me with mixed emotions. In some ways I didn't

    This book has left me with mixed emotions. In some ways I didn't really like the main character, but in other ways, I understood her. In other ways I hated that this was about something like a homicidal gene and nothing was really happening in the beginning, but then when the end came I hated the people that were doing these things. Because this was by Sophie Jordan I was expecting to love it, but that's not exactly what I got. And honestly, I know I'm the black sheep with this one, but I'm ok with that. 
         At first I didn't really like the main character Davy because she was such a goodie goodie. Now of course that's a great trait to have, but when presented with things and people like those she was dealing with, something's got to give. I felt like she was making life harder on herself by not adapting to the world around her. But at the same time, I understood why she did it. She wanted to stay as true to herself as possible. And that's what I liked about her the most. She was true to herself and her personality the entire book.
         I also didn't like the slow pacing of the book. Up until page 232 (ARC), I was a bit bored and threatening to DNF it. Why? Because it seemed like most of the drama that she was facing was petty high school drama, like "ooooh I want your boyfriend so I'm going to make your life hell." And for this to be about carriers of a gene that make murderers, I was NOT impressed by that. But I trudged on and I'm glad I did. After that, the book started getting interesting. That's when it became a true thriller. At this point I truly was biting all my nails off and trying to talk some sense into Davy as she let down her guard so many countless times. I even found myself putting down the book and like talking out loud to Davy like she could hear me smh To go along with the writing style, I also liked the chapter dividers. They went along with the story so well and they made each thing that happened with in the next chapter so much more amped. It really helped make the story for me. 
         I also liked the romance. It was a slow build and rightfully so. Clearly, a love life at a time like this isn't what matters the most. But I loved that. (Which is strange because I am a HUGE lover of the swoonage.) But with this it just worked. They knew that there were a thousand other important things that they could be doing and that being together could hurt them, but in the end their love got to be too great. 
         Sophie Jordan delivers a gripping novel about an HTS gene that will tear your soul into pieces. So much so that you won't recognize yourself. I was proud that Davy was able to hold onto her sense of self during this super crazy time. But, with that being said, I expected more action and suspense. Maybe there will be more in the sequel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014


    I picked this book up just to read the first page or two so I would know which shelf to put it on (read now or can wait) as I am in the middle of another book. Needless to say I could not and would not put it down! Can not wait until Feb. to read book 2 I will have to pick it up on a Friday hoping it will be as good as Uninvited and keep me up all night reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014


    Wow! This was a great book! I loved the plot and characters! It is a scary thought that this could happen that free will could be taken away. There are a lot of crazies and sociopaths in this world but people like davy or even the people that don't have that DNA would kill to protect themselves or the people they love. Most people would. This story will stay with me awhile. It is a frightening thought. Also just bc some people had that dna doesn't mean they would 100% kill someone. The way the gov and non hts carriers treat these people also has a lot to do with their behavior. If they are going to be treated like a murderer even if they have done nothing wrong then they are going to get sick of being treated with hatred and fight back with hatred. Anyways, great book! Can't wait to read more! Beautiful cover! Loved it!

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  • Posted August 21, 2014

    I chose an audiobook format for this book, mostly because the na

    I chose an audiobook format for this book, mostly because the narrator was Rebecca Gibel and I absolutely adored her narration of Splintered and Unhinged, thankfully her performance did not disappoint. Gibel's voice aids Sophie Jordan in her dystopian tale of the other, and what are we risking by containing said "other."

    Plot: What caught my eye about this title was the idea that the impulse to kill another human being can be isolated by a gene. I'm happy to say that this novel did not disappoint and I can't wait to see how Jordan expands on the government's treatment of these imprinted individuals in the concluding novel. The pacing for this is perfect and Sophie Jordan took Davy's journey a lot further than I had expected. You start by experiencing a the day in the life of Davy Hamilton, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend, perfect life. That all falls to pieces when she gets word of her HTS status, and you get to experience her fall from social acceptance. The book really got interesting in the last act as the government started to take more drastic measurements against HTS carriers. One thing that really helped keep the story interesting were the random transcripts/letters/conversations regarding Davy's family, occurrences of HTS-carriers committing crimes, and the government's plan for HTS-carriers. 

    Characters: I liked all of the characters from this novel. Davy Hamilton started off being somewhat unlikable because she's got the "how could this happen to perfect ME?" attitude in the beginning. She kind of reminded me of Piper Chapman from Orange is the New Black. Davy's love interest, Sean, also interested me; he had an interesting past and had such a dark perspective on life. I just wanted to hold him and tell him that everything will be better.  Davy and Sean's love story was also very sweet; it progressed naturally and was never in-your-face-mushy-love-story. Thank God. 

    Setting: This is a very realistic novel. What do you think the government would do if they found they could weed through DNA and find the serial killers? Yeah, it'd be some GitMo Bay stuff. Uninvited takes place in three general settings and it wasn't until the final setting that I started to get a dystopian feel from this novel. I say this because the entire novel sounded like a natural response to HTS carriers, but of course it all escalated quite quickly. 

    Audiobook Performance: I know I'm not an audiobook expert but I LOVE me some Rebeca Gibel. I really love the different voices she has all the characters and her delivery is perfect. You can hear the fear in Sean's voice and how distraught Davy is. In terms of performance alone, I give the audio book 4/5. 

    Short n Sweet: Uninvited is a great novel for any dystopian fan that will get you invested in this world and has you guessing what happens next. The characterization is strong and you will be rooting for Sean and Davy from the moment they lock eyes on each other. I can't wait for the final installment!

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    What a stellar book. I truly enjoyed reading The Firelight serie

    What a stellar book. I truly enjoyed reading The Firelight series by Jordan, but this was a step above and beyond. This book really wowed me, because I absolutely loved the plot. There were a few points that the plot really made me question it, but that was more of questioning the idea of a kill gene than anything else. This book takes some awful hypotheticals and makes you truly wonder.

    This book really makes you feel for Davy who had this perfect life before. She was happy and had a life and then everything was stripped from her just because she allegedly had the potential for for murder. All because some test says that she has the propensity to kill. The came a point in the book where I was devastated for Davy because she was being punished for something that she had yet to do.

    A really interesting part of this book was that between each chapter, we were given a glimpse in to what was going on in the outside world. We saw clips of instant messaging and broadcasts involving the HTS and even correspondence with the president regarding what should be done with them. I felt that it added to the story being we had more context for what was going on around Davy's world.

    I also adored that the romance was not an instalove or pushed. It happened and it didn't happen right away, it took some time for it to really develop which eased my nerves. Sean was a strong character who still has so many secrets that I cannot wait to find out about. I felt like I was in the book with Davy and Sean, I felt their fear and despair. I think that this was a fabulous start to a new series from Sophie Jordan and the next book cannot come out soon enough.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    One often thinks that an author's second series can never outdo

    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.

    “@Tween2TeenBooks: Wanna know how amazing Uninvited by @SoVerySophie is? It's SUPERCALLAFRAGALISTICEXPIALADOCIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!” LOL
    — Sophie Jordan (@SoVerySophie) January 17, 2014

    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! See:

    I need the sequel to Uninvited by @SoVerySophie RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! So good! *whimpers*
    — Tween 2 Teen Books (@Tween2TeenBooks) January 18, 2014

    So yes, when this book releases on January 28, 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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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Before anyone reads this review, have you read the synopsis? It

    Before anyone reads this review, have you read the synopsis? It sounds amazing doesn't it? I'm so happy to say that the book was not a let down and I really enjoyed every part of it! It really felt like I was reading an authentic dystopian, and I was really fascinated by the "world building". The main protagonist, Davy, used to have the perfect life. She had the boyfriend everyone wanted, she went to this amazing private school, and was very rich. Davy also had a very unique talent. She basically excels at anything that has to do with music. She plays the piano, violin, guitar, flute, and can even sing. That all collapses when her HTS test comes back positive. HTS stands for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, and it is a test every single person does. People with the HTS gene are known to be "monstrous", and Davy couldn't believe she was a carrier. I don't want to say more about this book, because it would be much more interesting to into it knowing as little as possible. Therefore, I will talk about how Sophie Jordan was able to move so many of my emotions. I remember tweeting at how ANGRY I was at some of the characters in this book, and for a legit reason. I can't explain why exactly, but it was the expected reaction and I was just so mad and angry and why isn't there any hope for humanity! *sigh* Anyways, you can see how I was frustrated while reading the beginning of the book. As I read on, I'm going to admit the middle dragged on for a tiny teeny bit. It wasn't bad, but compared to the rest of the book, I'm going to say it was the least fun part of the book. It is so shocking and so amazing, and it was not expected AT ALL. This book was able to shock me countless of times, which is a first I say. The dystopian world was great! I loved the feel to it, and I really just enjoyed the plot very much!Things go crazy as you read on, and I was just so excited! I have so many questions I need to be answered, which means I will be *non-patiently* waiting for the next book in this series. I haven't read Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy, but if it's as good as this, then I need to get to them fast. I really really think all dystopian fans should buy a copy of this book, because it screams DYSTOPIAN! I'm such a fan, and I'm glad I was able to get a copy!

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

    (Audiobook format) ¿ I really enjoyed it. I bought the story¿s p

    (Audiobook format) – I really enjoyed it. I bought the story’s premise hook, line and sinker. Davy is a very likeable main character. A musical prodigy by the age of 3 with a loving family and a hot loving boyfriend, she has a pretty great life. That is until her genetic test results reveal that she is a HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome) gene carrier indicating that she will be a killer someday. That revelation sets off a chain of events that unravels everything – her family life, academic aspirations, romantic relationship and her self-identity. The pacing was so flawlessly natural that it made it easy for me as the reader to experience Davy’s rollercoaster ride of emotions which ranged from shock, anger, fear, resignation and finally extreme determination. I’m definitely eager to find out what happens next in Davy’s world. Also, be sure to read the author’s letter to the readers at the end of the book.

    Audiobook Narrator: excellent
    Story: set in the Future; core issues are nature versus nurture and how society chooses to deal with violence and the prevention of it
    Violence: yes, but not of the gory or mindless kind
    Romance level: medium teenage/young adult level, issues include pressure to have sex, breaking up, how to transition to a new love interest
    Sex: some heavy petting and kissing
    Setting: mainly San Antonio, TX suburb, Davy’s high schools (2), and a special training camp
    Realism: high, extremely plausible considering the scientific and technological advances that already exist in the 21st century
    Sequel/Series planned: Yes, a 2nd book is planned to wrap up Davy’s story

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    I love this story, It was original and scary to think what our s

    I love this story, It was original and scary to think what our society could come up with by way of genetics testing!  My favorite phrase…is "uninvited"…not kicked out, not expelled, not fired….just uninvited to exist. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Gattacca knock off?


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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    I absolutely loved Uninvited. If it wasn¿t for the fact that I h

    I absolutely loved Uninvited. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to work the next day I would have pulled an all-nighter.

    The world that Jordan creates is intense. I know I wouldn’t like to be judged based on a DNA test. But that’s what happens, and the people that have HTC are treated like they have the plague. Davy has a hard time getting situated with her new life, and the ugliness it can involve.

    I love Davy’s character. She’s smart, talented, and does not want to believe she’s capable of being a killer. She is so strong for having to deal with pretty much everything on her own. She also learns not to judge others, especially since she’s feeling the force of that.

    There were some scenes that had me cringing, and hoping for another outcome. All in all, this is a fast paced read. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Too bad that’s a year away!

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    In this future time they can tell by looking at your genes wheth

    In this future time they can tell by looking at your genes whether you will be a killer or not. If you have the HTS gene you are marked as different and are watched closely. Davy is a girl who goes to a good school, is talented, very smart, with a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. All that changes when it is found she has HTS. She is took away from all she has known and has to live a different life than she has ever known. All but her brother have abandoned her. She makes some new friends and she just has to hope they are enough to help her when things begin to go really bad.

    Davy at first you will think this girl has it all. She is from a good family and seems to have everything going for her. When she is found to have HTS her whole life changes. I have to say she could have given up but she doesn't. She settles in pretty good and even tries to make some new friends. These friends aren't like others she has known but she does try to see the good in them and even help them. I really liked her and how she adjust to everything. She is stronger than even she knows and really grows up in a short time. Sean has the HTS as well. He seems like a lonely moody guy at first but as you soon see he does everything he can to protect those he cares about. He is there when Davy needs him and not afraid to stand up for others. These are just two of the fascinating characters you will meet in this book.

    Just when you think every dystopian book seems to be the same and none stand out here comes Uninvited. I loved the sound of this book and from the time I heard of it I couldn't wait to read it. I loved all of it. The characters where great and had to do things they never thought they could. I felt so sorry for Davy as her parents treated her like a criminal and pretty much wanted nothing to do with her once they found out she had the HTS. Her boyfriend to me was a coward and her best friend at the time is well I will call her a backstabber. Sean and Davy clearly belong together and the more you read you see how they are so good for each other. The government doesn't give any thought that some people may have this gene and not be bad. They have their own agenda and it is a bad one. I will say I was intrigued all through this book and I really can't wait to read the next book to see what happens next. I have a feeling Davy and Sean have just begun trying to get their own lives and it will be a battle for them to get it.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Ho Boy... Where to begin? I waited too long to review it I thi

    Ho Boy... Where to begin?

    I waited too long to review it I think, but it's because this book kind of left me in a jumble of a lot of emotions and I was riding a different kind of hype when I first read it versus how I feel about it after thinking it through. I didn't spend too much time pondering, but enough to let the exhilarating feeling to settle down and for me to be able to right an honest and fair review instead of regretting what I said later.

    So for those of you that have not read this book yet, it's about a society that is able to test for HTS (DNA test? blood test? Written? Did I miss that part?) or the kill gene. So when a very rich, smart, talented and sheltered girl Davy Hamilton's test comes back positive for it, her world is ripped apart and she loses everything.

    The premise of the book was interesting. I liked the idea, but I had to separate myself, take a step back and realize this is fiction, it is just a story. The other part of me is curious on many levels. How is this possible? How are they finding this gene? What made them consider finding it. Because the people who are running this operations, are monsters on their own level. I hope Jordan has a bigger plan for the story that I don't see coming yet, because as far as I see it, the book could be interesting on a psychological level.

    Davy is this very sheltered girl who goes to a private school, is very talented and has not hurt a hair on anyone's head and all the sudden she is accused of being capable of murder. I found her reaction and attitude realistic. I expected her to come off a bit judgmental after meeting the rest of HTS labelled people, especially a few questionable and rowdy characters in her class. Thought I hope as she went on she realized that maybe they did not start out that way? But it is the way that society has expected them to perform?

    I did like Sean, even if their relationship is not at all a very healthy one but he was an interesting character. He comes from a life where I guess HTS would be expected and his fiercely loyal and protective. Him dealing with some stuff is once again questionable, but not very unexpected.

    I did enjoy the writing and the fictional part of the story. It is after all a story. Jordan's way of words did have me hooked until the very end, as I found myself blowing through the pages. I am looking forward to her next novel, and I do hope what she has planned is something more then just what it is. Because I don't understand how the people who run this program aren't HTS positive, with everything they put these kids through. Are you really going to tell me that they would just sit back and take being attacked if they weren't HTS positive?

    Other weird points..

    - This feels like a mild dystopia to me...Outside of the HTS finding capability, it feels like it could take place in the modern world..
    - Why is this the second book I read in the past few weeks that starts out as -Insert an old and irrelevant title here- meets -another old and irrelevant title-. If this was meant for kids how many of them today know what a Minority Report is or The Scarlett Letter?

    **I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Uninvited was a fast and interesting read featuring a good, well

    Uninvited was a fast and interesting read featuring a good, well-behaved heroine thrust into a violent, cruel, and unfair life simply because she was tested positive for the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTC) gene, also known as the kill gene.


    My first impression of the book was that the concept was fresh. I don't read many books with a concept like the kill gene, and it was nice to read about something a little different. At the same time, though, I thought the rest of the book was formulaic. There was the good girl with a good boyfriend (that of course, turns out to be a complete jerk) whose life suddenly falls from popularity for whatever horrible reason and the seemingly bad, tattooed, scarred, and mysterious guy who she was obviously going to fall for. I regretfully made a note of this at 24 percent through the book, feeling a touch disappointed in the book. 

    Thankfully, though, that disappointment was quickly forgotten as the book twisted a little and veered away from the path of my expectations. It became an even more interesting read, now that I could enjoy the story without worrying so much that the story accompanying the great concept turned out to be less formulaic than I though it would be.


    The genetics is a bit shaky. It didn't go into depth into how the kill gene was passed down and what it really meant to be a "carrier." There wasn't very much explanation behind why Davy was a carrier and the rest of her family didn't, even though the only way for her to even get the kill gene in the first place was if her parents both technically carried kill genes as well. I can only assume that being declared as being a carrier of the kill gene actually means having two recessive alleles expressing for HTC or having some sort of genetic mutation, but all I can do is assume that because there was hardly any spotlight on the genetics behind the syndrome. 

    Besides seeing more explanation, I would've loved to see more science and genetics in general built into the story. There was only a small amount of it, and it would've been really cool to see more done with a really cool and interesting scientific concept. However, that's not weighing too heavily on my opinion of the book because Uninvited is the first of a series. There's plenty of room for more science later on.


    I really liked Davy, despite the fact that I can never remember her name (I get name amnesia often). She was nice and normal—not the ruthless, bloodthirsty killer that people expect a one with the kill gene to be. She had to be constantly saved by Sean in fights or other tough situations, but that didn't necessarily mean she wasn't strong. She just needed to adjust to her new life and develop a tougher skin and show she was capable of demonstrating her strength. 


    I quite enjoyed reading Uninvited. Despite the disappointments in the beginning quarter, I loved the story. It was fast, interesting, and definitely not dull. And it's definitely worth reading!

    *I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    This book is worth buying. It is very enthralling. I read it in

    This book is worth buying. It is very enthralling. I read it in less than a day; could not put it down. Very fresh perspective on the young adult novel epidemic of dystopia. Will be waiting for the next novel!

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Sweet, pretty Davy Hamilton has it all- she's smart, incredibly

    Sweet, pretty Davy Hamilton has it all- she's smart, incredibly gifted and talented, and the envy of all her female peers. She is dating the hottest guy in school and together they have big plans for their future. Until one fateful test changes the course of her life completely. Davy's life is thrown into chaos and everything she once knew- is no longer.

    Wow. You guys. This book completely blew me away! I am a big fan of Sophie's, as she has shown her versatility in writing Young Adult and New Adult. I haven't read any of her Adult novels as of yet, but I have no doubt she rocks those too! I really enjoyed the premise of Uninvited, and I really enjoyed Davy as our protagonist. I don't often get overly emotional while reading books, but at one point I felt such despair for Davy that I found myself tearing up. Upon discovering she has tested positive for HTS, she is completely at a loss. She knows herself and she would never hurt anyone. Yet, there is such a negative stigma attached to the gene. People are afraid of her- her parents included. Her loving boyfriend who she thought would understand and stick by her no matter what ends up being a class A jerk and is more concerned with self-image and preserving his reputation than sticking by her side. Her best friend is not really a friend at all. As soon as she finds out, she goes behind Davy's back to talk about her with Zac, Davy's boyfriend. Tori, the girl who once followed Davy around, is now against her and doesn't want to include her or even be near her.

    Seeing the alienation and disgust that Davy encounters from her peers is absolutely horrifying. She is forced to endure all of this on the possibility that she might do something to harm someone, despite the fact she has exhibited no violent tendencies previously.

    Davy was such a likeable character. Even while her world is falling apart, she manages to keep her wits about her. She is strong, but in a very subtle way and I liked that. After being transferred to a new school where she is basically held in captivity with other carriers of HTS, she still manages to do what she must in order to stay under the radar. I was absolutely shocked by the treatment of these HTS carriers. They are kids for pete's sake! Sure, some of them I would absolutely be wary of- but there are others who are more than they seem.

    Sean O'Rourke is one of the HTS carriers that Davy happens upon at school. Sean gives off the bad boy vibe and is definitely a mystery. He constantly warns Davy not to depend on anyone but herself, but I think he is trying to protect himself from getting too close to her. As often as he warns her away, he is still there for her when she needs help. I liked that their relationship is very slow building and isn't forced. Considering Davy was in love with her ex-boyfriend, it wouldn't make sense to just have her jump in with Sean. Not that he would have let that happen anyway, as he is so guarded. Yet, she can't deny that he makes her feel safe, as well as recognizes that she isn't a killer. He believes in her and she really needed that from someone.

    Due to the rising crime and uprisings from those with HTS, all carriers are transferred to detention camps for the safety of themselves and the rest of the world. Again- I was horrified at how these kids were treated. It is a very scary world Jordan has created and I cannot wait to find out how Davy's story will conclude in the sequel!

    As soon as I opened this book, I was engaged. I liked seeing the normalcy of Davy's life at school and then seeing it all shatter and change kept me reading voraciously to find out what would happen to this poor girl. I really enjoyed this one and I am so glad I picked it up!

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    Posted January 29, 2014

    New and fresh concept!

    This book is defiantly worth reading. I can't wait to see where the story goes... I have high expectations for the sequel.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Uninvited by

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
    Book One of the Uninvited duology
    Publisher: Harper Teen
    Publication Date: January 28, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    When I started this book, I had just about zero expectations. I wasn't super excited to read this book, like I know many bloggers were/are. I absolutely hated Jordan's Firelight series, so I told myself, if this book is anything like her other YA series, I'm giving up. Of course, I LOVED her New Adult contemporary romance novel, Foreplay (surprise! I actually liked an NA novel!), so that gave me some hope.

    Well, it's safe to say that this novel was nothing like the Firelight novels (thank goodness!). I loved the plot of this story, the characters, the romance, the originality... Jordan definitely packed a good punch with this novel. And it doesn't hurt that this novel is one of only two books - part of a duology! There is nothing wrong with trilogies, only that there are soooo many of them out there in recent times. A standalone novel, the occasional duology, companion series - those are refreshing!

    Davy Hamilton has the killing gene - the one piece of DNA that is sure to ruin anyone's life. She is immediately ostracized, as she is sent to a different school, abandoned by her friends and her boyfriend, and targeted by the other carriers. Davy is a bit of an easy target, because she is sweet, soft, not selfish. But life with the gene is no joke. And in no time, things escalate, and the government takes drastic measures to contain the carriers of the HTS "killing" gene.

    One thing that I noticed (and loved) was that I read this book in one sitting. This doesn't happen too often for me - usually, life interrupts, or I get bored, or the book just isn't interesting enough. I flew through this book in no time. I remember reading, and BAM! I was already 40%, 65%, 89% finished. This tells me that the author did an excellent job of keeping me engaged in the story, and keeping me reading. 

    The story itself is definitely interesting. It follows Davy's life - there is a small part in the beginning that gives readers a glimpse of Davy's life before she found out. I like when authors do this - because then it allows readers to subconsciously compare the two lives, pre-gene and post-gene. Most of the book is spent dealing with Davy and her "adjustment". Jordan does not fail to toss around her characters. She makes Davy and Sean and Gil and many other characters suffer, which is sad, but shows that Jordan is capable of taking the story to different levels.

    I actually really liked Davy, which surprised me. I was expecting a weak and stupid heroine like the one in the Firelight series (no offense?), but I did not find that in Davy. Davy is sweet and soft and not at all a killer, but I don't think she is weak or stupid. I can't fault her for any decisions she made, or her disposition. Her character development is excellent - Jordan really takes Davy on a journey. Davy definitely grows, from beginning to end.

    Another character that I really liked was Sean. Sean is a carrier that Davy meets officially when Davy begins to attend the other school, after learning that she carries the HTS gene. Yes, Sean becomes a love interest. But he is so much more than that. He IS mysterious and handsome and brooding, and while he sounds like a YA hero cliche, he isn't. I can't put my finger on what exactly is different. Maybe it's the actual affliction - the killing gene - that sets him and this story apart from others. But he's different. And I like him.

    Well, I've gone and told you a little bit about the romance. Davy and Sean! I hope and pray there will be no serious love triangle in this duology. That was one of the things I HATED in the Firelight trilogy. And the romance in this book is so subtle and simple yet complex. Jordan literally takes the entire novel to let the romance take its course. I LIKE this - that the romance isn't the only part of the book. It's so secondary, yet, Jordan never lets us forget that it is there.

    The whole killing gene thing is so original! At least, I haven't read anything similar to this book. This novel is set in the future, but I wouldn't quite call it a dystopia. It has some qualities of a dystopia, but I really see it is part thriller, part science fiction. And I love the science part of this book!

    All in all, a terrific read! I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

    What I Did Not Like:

    This is going to sound lousy of me, but I can't really think of anything to put in this section. YES, I'm giving this one four stars. It doesn't feel like a five-star novel to me, so I'm giving it four stars. But I don't really have a specific reason or reasons as to why I knocked off a star.

    It's a four-star novel to me, okay? That's how I *feel* about this one, not what it adds up to. If that makes sense. I didn't LOVE this one, like, it's not my new favorite novel or anything, but I really, really enjoyed it.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Yes, I would! If you were planning on reading this book, then make sure you do so! It's worth the read, and who knows? You might really fall in love with Davy (and Sean's) story! If you weren't interested in this one, or are seeing it for the first time, give it a try! This novel is part thriller, part science fiction, and a tiny bit dystopia. And there is a subtle romance. So, there is something for just about everyone!


    4 stars. I will definitely be interested in reading the second book in this duology! I can't wait to see the direction that Jordan takes with that conclusion novel.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    Love it, love it, LOVE IT! Uninvited was an absolutely amazing Y

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT! Uninvited was an absolutely amazing YA read. It thrilling, romantic, and downright chilling. "Love it" doesn't even begin to describe how much I utterly adored this book.

    I'm in awe of this author. Apparently, Sophie Jordan can write anything and get it right. I've read her adult romance books, and loved them. I've read her recent New Adult book and loved it. I know she has another YA series, but this is the first YA book I read from her and I loved it. I have to say, that's pretty impressive.
    But, let's move on to the actually story, now :)

    The world building for this book was excellent. So much so, that I could imagine the possibility of this future. In this version of the future, scientists have found a gene that is more prevalent in murderers. They called it HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome), or kill gene as it is more casually referred to. As more and more mass killings happen, the government starts to separate those with the gene away from society, in an attempt to lock up the danger. There were absolutely no holes in this world building. It was completely thought out and eerily plausible. Especially when one of the characters, a vicious and cruel psychopath, was the exact proof for why the HTS thing would be useful. But, not all cases are the same. It was definitely a dilemma to think about and it was brilliantly done.

    Davy's life is absolutely ruined when her test for HTS. Her friends want nothing to do with her, her boyfriend abandons her, and her parents no longer see her as their daughter. She is taken out of society and treated like a pariah. Only her brother continues to stand by her. Now, the previously well liked and girl with a bright future ahead of her has to learn to be a social outcast. I really liked Davy. She was a strong character. She learned how to deal with her new reality and became a force to be reckoned with. I thought she was wonderful.

    Sean was also great. He was complicated. He had already been an outcast as a child raised in the foster care system, so the knowledge that he was also an HTS carrier came about, his life was still just as bad as it was before. But, having lived in that existence for so long, he was somewhat cold and unwilling to trust anyone. But, he was still a truly good person at heart, though no one would believe that of him. He was protective of those who can't care for themselves and very sweet when he wanted to be. I adored him. He was a perfectly flawed hero.

    The romance was wonderful. It built slowly, as both Davy and Sean learned to be able to trust each other. They were so sweet together. I'm anxious to see how things turn out for them in the next book.

    I liked that the secondary characters were more than just props in this book. They all played big roles and were complete characters on their own, particularly Gil and Sabine. Even one character, another HTS carrier, who was completely insane was a wonderfully dynamic and perfectly hateful character.

    The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of surprises along the way, not to mention the secrets involved in the whole HTS scheme. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me itching to get my hands on the sequel. Can't wait to read that one!

    Uninvited was a brilliant YA dystopian romance. I loved everything about it, from the romance, to the thrills, to the many secrets. It was all perfect. Anyone and everyone should read this amazing book.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

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