Saturday, June 19, 2010
Supernatural Saturday: Review of Uninvited
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....
Rating: 2 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Riders on the vampire bandwagon
High point: The best friends
Low point: Jordan's mother
Reader maturity: 15+
I'm a sucker (pardon the pun) for vampire novels, so when I found Uninvited, I thought I was in a for a new vampire twist. That much is true, but I was pretty disappointed. While not a waste of time by any means, this is definitely a novel to borrow from the library.
Uninvited follows the life of Jordan as she deals with what to do with Michael, who begs at her window every night for her to let him in...and not much else. I didn't see much character development until the very end, and some of the relationships felt forced and/or choppy. Everything else was inoffensive but mediocre.
The concept is interesting--dead boyfriend comes back to haunt living girl--but I think Uninvited would have benefited from some heavy editing and then insertion into a larger novel, chronicling the "before" of Michael and Jordan's relationship and the "during" of Jordan's fall from grace.
Uninvited isn't the best vampire novel out there, but if you're looking for something vampiric and new, it's worth borrowing for a light weeknight read.
Author: Amanda Marrone
Genre: Teen Fiction -- Horror & Suspense
Book Source: Purchased