Sunday, 5 September 2010

Book Review - Uninvited by Amanda Marrone

Jordan hates her life! Her boyfriend Michael dumped her, hooked up with half the other girls in the neighbourhood, and then killed himself. And then there's the broken record of boring parties, meaningless flirting and friends she can't relate to. But now, somehow, Michael is back, appearing at her window every night, begging her to let him in. Jordan can't understand why he wants to get back together; he was the one that dumped her! But, as the weeks drag on, she feels her resistance wearing down. Instead of partying and socialising with her so-called friends, now Jordan runs home to the safety of her room before dark, and waits, alone and terrified, for the sun to go down. Creatures like Michael need to be invited in before they can cross over the threshold. All Jordan has to do is say the words...

I did and didn’t like this book. I loved that Jordan feared Michael and that he was something to be feared. It was refreshing to read a vampire story that kept a vampire as something to be feared. I didn’t love Jordan’s need to blame everything around her for what was going wrong in her life. Even with a mother who is never there for and can’t seem to love Jordan for who she is, it still angered me no end that she couldn’t seem to accept responsibility for her own actions.

The book was fairly short and had an ‘indie’ feel to the plotline. If it hadn’t been so highly recommended to me and I didn’t love supernatural stories so much, then I probably wouldn’t have even glanced at this book. (The cover was just as bland as the story.) The best part of the book was the last 50 pages when the reader finally understands what Michael’s plan is and how truly evil vampires are. The rest I found dull.

Jordan’s actions throughout the story- the drinking, partying, sleeping around, skipping school- was all very unoriginal and I felt like I’d read the whole story a thousand times. The same goes for her three friends. Rachael has an answer to everything and is easily angered. Gabby and Janine are the flaky ones who don’t really care and are just looking for a good time. All their actions and comments were predictable.

Overall the book was intensely written with a dark foreshadowing on the plot, but I would’ve enjoyed it more if Michael had revealed his actions earlier and it had been prolonged. Or maybe if Jordan had just done the obvious and had one of her friends to stay over so that they could see Michael and understand what she was going through.

The end of this book saved itself and so I’ve given it a generous rating. I would recommend it to anyone who loves how vampires are meant to be written, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it.


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