DNF Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

January 27, 2014 Review 65 ★½

DNF Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Series: Uninvited #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ironic that the review directly after the “I do not DNF” post by Bec would be a DNF review by me!


I so did not want my first DNF of 2014 to be UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan. The premise was highly promising and I had expectations to match. This book let me down with its predictable plot, bland writing, bad romance, and one-dimensional characters.

Sophie Jordan’s other books are not listed in my favorites, but they were tolerable reads that had good entertainment value. That being said, I expected huge improvements with UNINVTED, especially with the author having more experience and (hopefully) taking the critiques from FIRELIGHT to heart.

Unfortunately, that did not happen. Almost all the negatives that were in FIRELIGHT are in UNINVITED. Bad love triangle, unnecessary family issues, cookie cutter main protagonist that makes poor decisions over and over, and writing that read more like a step by step recipe than an actual story.

The romance actually made me cringe, for it was obviously not a healthy relationship. In fact, a lot of the novel seemed to degrade females. A teacher was blatantly doing bad things with a student against her will and no one doing anything about it. Or how almost every boy or man threatened the female characters with rape?  Of course, the main character does not see this in her own relationship and continues to be head over heels in love with this boy that only wants her for one reason only.

What good can I say about UNINVITED? Well… how about that cover? And…
Nope, that’s it.

While Sophie Jordan’s writing is just not for me, it will appeal to fans of similar paranormal young adult books like FALLEN and HUSH, HUSH.

Rating Report
Overall: 1.5

65 Responses to “DNF Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan”

  1. Nara

    Uninvited certainly wasn’t anything fresh, but I still did enjoy it! I can definitely see why others might not like it though. It was a pretty mundane book overall. And was there a love triangle? I don’t really remember there being one unless you’re counting Zac or whatever (can’t remember his name…), which personally I don’t lol.
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    • Alise

      I think it was my mood that stopped me from fully getting into this one. I just had patience for the “I’m a special snowflake” type MC. Baha, yeah I counted Zac xD

  2. Tanja

    LOL I cannot stop laughing at your post order. It’s amazing. Anyhow I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one and honestly you got me scared here. I mean I have heard amazing things about this book but no one mentioned love triangle. Don’t do that to me :( Great review :)
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    • Alise

      Somehow, they ended up being scheduled next to each other and I noticed like the day before this post when up and was like “Well, this is hilarious.” Well, there’s a clear winner to who she chooses but the guy she is currently with is a total jerk.

    • Alise

      Haha! Thank you, I really try to be. DNF reviews are already kind of controversial to post so I try to talk about the real issues.

  3. Emily

    YES! I finally find someone who doesn’t LOVE Uninvited!! It seems that everywhere are raving reviews for Uninvited and I’m the only one who didn’t like it that much >< I totally agree with what you said, Alise!! I didn't really like Davy at all, whereas everyone said they loved her D: (was there something wrong with me?) I just posted my review last night too xD Great review Alise!! I'm glad I found someone who shares the same opinion as me!! :D <33
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    • Alise

      I KNOW. I was scrolling through Goodreads and the majority is four stars and I’m just like… Did I miss something in this book? Ooh, I’ll go check out your review!

    • Alise

      Yeah, the rape and sex threats were really off-putting, and when you add that on top of everything else I didn’t like I just was done with this book. Yeah, I had high hopes for the plot :c

  4. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    I reading this one now and it’s pretty interesting. It’s not the best, but I still have a long way to go before I finish it. I can understand why you didn’t like though. But I really liked Hush Hush books, so maybe I’ll end up enjoying this one. Great review and thanks for the honest opinion!
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  5. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Another blogger I respect didn’t like this one, so I’m going to take the hint and not pick it up. Though it did sound promising. I was even interested in Firelight but now I’m nervous about that one after going back and reading your review! Loved the accompanying gifs for this one – where is the “soulmate” gif from??
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    • Alise

      Firelight is… worse in a lot of ways. Of course, it’s better in a lot of ways too. Because uh-DRAGONS. Haha. I wish I knew-I found it on Tumblr xD

  6. Lectus

    I wonder why I enjoy reading DNF reviews more than good ones? I remember reading Firelight and liking it; but I didn’t finish the series.

    The summary of this one sounds very interesting. Too bad she didn’t learn from her previous books.
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  7. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this one. Sometimes a well liked book can totally be a book you end up not liking. I know I feel that way about a few books that seems everyone loves. I tend to read DNF reviews on books I want to read because I like to read different opinions on a particular book. Even when they are completely different or conflicting. Oh well. I appreciate your constructive review. I hope your next read is much more to your liking! :)

    • Alise

      Same! I love reading different reviews because it makes me think of things I never thought of before. It’s really interesting.

  8. Tonyalee

    It’s weird seeing a review of yours where we are so different in our thoughts. We usually agree on almost every book!

    I really enjoyed it, but I can see your points too. I didn’t notice a love triangle, or the hint at one though. As for Davy, she was really REALLY hard for me to like but I thought her character was pretty realistic.

    Sucks you didn’t enjoy it! :( great review though, as always.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, we usually do! Maybe it was the mood I was in, lack of patience, etc. Haha

      I didn’t read that far in but wasn’t she with Zac when she met that other guy? I kind of assumed there would be a love triangle then.

      Thanks :)

    • Alise

      Really? That’s the part that stuck out to me the most because it seemed so vulgar and unnecessary. Yeah, I hope you do!

  9. Amir

    Yikes! I’ve seen this around GR and the premise did sound interesting but I’m staying away from unlikable, weak protagonists right now so I think I’ll give this one a pass, even if I’m in the mood for a love triangle. I certainly understand why you would DNF this book.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, if you aren’t in the mood for it, this book will only disappoint you. I think that was my biggest issue with it.

  10. A Canadian Girl

    I didn’t like Firelight so I’ve been waiting for the reviews for Uninvited to come in before deciding whether I’d give it a try due to its premise. I know Maja loved this one so it’s interesting that you DNF’ed this, Alise. I guess I’ll wait for some more reviews before I make up my mind.

    At this point, I’m not too thrilled that this one apparently degrades females. Nor does it bode well that you recommended it for fans of Hush, Hush and Fallen, neither of which I liked.
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    • Alise

      There are a huge mix of reviews so by all means, take mine with a grain of salt. I too know a lot of people who loved it which makes me think it might have been my reading mood at the time.

    • Alise

      Hahahaha I’m glad you liked it-I thought it was so funny when I came across it. Fits the situation perfectly too ;)

  11. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I was really excited to go out and buy this one, but I’ve been reading a lot of reviews in the last few days and most of them echo these same conclusions. I didn’t know it was a love triangle, and to be honest I’m not in the mood for one of those right now. I’ll be dealing with that enough when Ignite Me comes out! Maybe I’ll wait for a day when I’ve got a bit of extra cash and feel like being gutsy.
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    • Alise

      You still may like it, a lot of people do. It’s not a true love triangle because she breaks up with her (idiot) boyfriend kind of fast but two love interests was just one too many for me. Especially since they were both cookie cutter cliches. Or the library :)

      Thanks for visiting, I hope you are enjoying your break!

      • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

        Library… *shudders* I hate not keeping books I love! I need to get over it, but not today :D

        And I’m really loving it! I feel refreshed, and I think I’m ready to start slowly posting again. Maybe start at three posts a week, then move up to four or five. No more burnout for me!
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        • Alise

          Baha xD That’s funny because I almost always get my reads from the library haha. I only buy them if I am absolutely in love with the series.

          That’s great! Can’t wait to see you back.

    • Alise

      It’s even worse because they were COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. Like, they did not help the story along at all except for making me pretty pissed off.

  12. Andreea

    I had high expectations for this book too and sadly, I didn’t love it as I hoped I would, but I did finish it and enjoyed parts of it.

    Thanks for your honest review!
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  13. Lauren

    Haha, you gals couldn’t have planned your post order better, I totally giggled when I came to your home page. I’m so sorry Uninvited didn’t work for you. I hadn’t planned on reading it but all the positive reviews I’ve seen have me curious. Your review gives me serious pause. I hate unhealthy relationships glorified in YA novels and I really am sick of love triangles. I think I might still give this a try just to see where I land, but I appreciate your thoughtful DNF review!
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    • Alise

      I KNOW, I didn’t even notice until last minute, hahaha! I still laugh at it whenever I come on. Many people are saying this one doesn’t have a serious love triangle because she doesn’t last with her current boyfriend for long but I didn’t read that far in haha. Yeah, I’d be curious to read your thoughts on it!

  14. Aman

    Ooh, i love the new look to your blog! The orange reminds me of summer and I can’t wait for it! As for Uninvited, I’m sorry you didn’t like it. I actually ended up loving this book and it makes me very sad to see a dnf review. But I get your point too, though I never saw Zac as a part of a love triangle. He was just an annoyance in the beginning, but I really hated her friend Tori. Anyways, I hope you next book is much better Alise :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you :D

      Ah, okay. I thought he might have been around the whole novel so. Maybe I should have tried to read more, I do think that maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this one at the time. Thanks!

  15. Lupdilup

    Ouch! I already bought this one on audio, and is on my TBL.. I’m nervous now..LOL We’ll see, I bought it with high expectations, but they are definitely a lot lower now, that might help, and maybe a good interpretation by the narrator can make the negatives that you mentioned more bearable.
    Will see!
    Thanks for your honest review :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I think it will! I know that whenever I lower my expectations from the hype I tend to enjoy things a lot more. True! Let me know if you ever listen to it!

  16. Chantelle

    oh goooodness. I haven’t given this one a go because the blurb “genes don’t lie” sounds a lot like Allegiant, and I’m still sour over that one… cringy romance is a deal breaker for me though, so might take a step back from this one, save me some unnecessary rage haha
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    • Alise

      Does it really? I haven’t read the Divergent series though but yeah, I hate repetitive storylines. Haha, yes, rage you shall have.

  17. Cait

    Ooh, this is worrying! I really want to read this one. ;) I really don’t like stories that degrade females though…I mean, gosh, history has enough of that without making up stories to do it as well. -_-
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  18. Wattle

    I think your review has just made me more curious about this book, it sounds like it has a heap of things I hate in it, but all those great reviews have turned my head. I’ll just have to read it!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I know posting a DNF review can be a bit controversial sometimes!
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    • Alise

      There are definitely great reviews out there and I’m in the minority. I would love to see what you think of this one if you read it!

    • Alise

      Really? That is kind of good news because I feel like the total black sheep with this one. The cliche plot and romance totally reminded me of those books. Thanks!

    • Alise

      Sure! Yeah, I was scrolling through reviews and NONE of the positive reviews mentioned it AT ALL. It’s funny because ALL of the negative ones mention it.

  19. Lisa

    I haven’t read any of Sophie Jordan’s books, but the synopsis of each one of them sounds SO good. But then going online and seeing reviews, some people kind of enjoyed them, and others gave up half way through. I do own her Firelight book, and I want to see if I can get into, but after reading so many reviews, I’m not so sure anymore. Awesome review!

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    • Alise

      Yeah, I know what you mean. I do think that if you enjoyed FIRELIGHT you will enjoy this one so I would suggest giving that one a try :) Thanks!

  20. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Oh! :( We usually have the same opinions on books, but I absolutely loved this one. I do understand that Davy was sometimes annoying and Sean was too overprotective. I didn’t really realize the “rape” thing until you mentioned it. I guess I read it at a better time? (I think you have to be in a certain “mood” to like this book) By the way, I’m loving your new blog design!
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    • Alise


      Honestly, that’s what I am thinking too. Everyone seems to say the same thing so I’m beginning to wonder if it was a mood thing. Maybe I’ll try it another time.

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