Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone

Title: Uninvited
Author: Amanda Marrone
Pages: 224
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 23, 2007

Jordan's life sucks. Her boyfriend, Michael, dumped her, slept his way through half the student body, and then killed himself. But now, somehow, he appears at her window every night, begging her to let him in.

Jordan can't understand why he wants her, but she feels her resistance wearing down. After all, her life -- once a broken record of boring parties, meaningless hookups, and friends she couldn't relate to -- now consists of her drinking alone in her room as she waits for the sun to go down.

Michael needs to be invited in before he can enter. All Jordan has to do is say the words....

Michael needs to be invited into Jordan's bedroom before he can enter. It's been months since his death and he patiently begs Jordan to let him in, waiting for the right moment...if there is one. Jordan doesn't know whether or not to trust him. She's not sure if he's even human! Will she slip up? Or will she have the courage to save herself from this monster?

Uninvited is a completely fluctuating read. The eerie and distinct depictions are what endows the intense, haunting atmosphere. Marrone will constantly keep the reader on edge with her misleading and sinuous twists and turns that is eventually concluded and cleared up in the very, very surprising ending.

The delivery of this novel, is climactic and dramatic. It will lure the reader in. Readers will get to know the characters better, through flawlessly written flashbacks, cleverly distributed throughout the entirety of Uninvited.

One thing that is not so flawless, is the overly-stuffed plot, brimming with tons of action and events. Too much is happening and it's likely that the reader will get confused with all of the occurrences. The reader will drown with the overload of happenings and surroundings. It's too much for the senses.

Uninvited is a unique novel that needs less action but is a fantastic read if you're looking for good-quality writing. It's chilling, full of suspense...and danger...lots of danger...

The Bottom Line: I loved it but it was too crowded. Marrone should have taken it down a notch. It was one-of-a-kind read that will leave readers asking for more Jordan! Risks are taken and lives are in danger...but because of who? (hehe, suspense! mwahhahaha!!!! Do you like my evil laugh?) B+ :-)

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 8/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Plot: 6/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 7/10
Theme: 6/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Style: 4/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 9.5/10
Total Score: 84/100 (B+)

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Sarbear August 26, 2009 at 12:49 AM  

Sounds interesting -- I never would of thought of an idea like that! Thanks for the review.

So Many Books, So Little Time August 26, 2009 at 3:21 AM  

This didn't live up to my expectations at all. I thought that it was a bit too predictable.

ReggieWrites August 26, 2009 at 5:14 AM  

It was confusing for me...lol!

The Obsessive Reader August 26, 2009 at 6:27 AM  

I see this at the book store all time but I never pick it up. I would read this since you liked it but I'll wait till I can get it at the library.

Test August 26, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

I always see this at my local library, but never have picked it up, maybe I'll give it a try sometime because it does sound pretty good. Anyway, great review!

ReggieWrites August 26, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

Thanks! You should definitely read it...just not buy it.

Thanks so much for commenting! I LURVE comments! LOL! Who doesn't?

Shauna Leigh Atkinson August 26, 2009 at 4:30 PM  

Hi, I'm Shauna at Read~Write~Review (www.slkcivilrwr.blogspot.com) and I love YA books too. I saw you on the same post I commented on at The Story Siren. I love the layout of your blog, very original! You have mentioned some totally different books than I've seen or read; so, I'm a new follower of your blog now. And if you'd like to be of mine too that would be awesome. It's fun to see more posts/blogs about YA books and reviews! I added you to my blog roll as well. :-) Take care & happy reading!

Stephanie August 29, 2009 at 10:35 PM  

This sounds quite interesting -- and a bit depressing, even though it takes place in the realm of fantasy.

S. A. Soule, Creativity Coach April 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

I just bought it and plan to read and review it next month! Thanks for the insight, it sounds like a book I'd enjoy. ;-)

Anonymous,  June 22, 2010 at 5:58 AM  

most reviews I read about this book was negative and many of my friends didn't like it. but i still want to give it a try and see if I like it.

Anonymous,  August 5, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

I just bought a copy, i will definitely let you know what i think of it. Thanks!

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