Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Books I Love - UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)

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.

Recommended for fans of: YA Sci-fi, contemporary, dystopian, romance...really there's something for everyone!

From the very first page I was hooked on Sophie Jordan's latest YA novel, UNINVITED. The sci-fi is subtle...the world that Davy lives in is very much like our own. Jordan doesn't bog the reader down with a lot of technical terms and strange futuristic gadgets, really the only sci-fi addition is the identification of the "kill gene." This allows the reader to focus on what being found to have the HTS gene really means for Davy and her family. Davy herself is sheltered and na├»ve...and suddenly everyone looks at her like she's a killer. Davy must face her new life, where she is treated as a second class citizen and a murderer, even though she has done nothing wrong. While keeping Davy's story the focus, Jordan does an amazing job of reaching the bigger issues, such as fear and prejudice. Jordan also makes you wonder if HTS creates a violent individual, or if how people with HTS are treated makes them more prone to violence. If you are told everyday of your life that you are a killer, wouldn't you become one?


Friday, February 14, 2014

Children's Lit Breakfast in Woodbridge IL

Tomorrow, Sat. February 15th, I'll be here:

Anderson's Bookstore Annual Children's Literature Breakfast

 It's going to be a blast with all these famous authors...and a ton more Illinois authors (including me!) If you haven't already, call for tickets!

Anderson’s Bookshop's 12th Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast
This morning will feature a full breakfast, Illinois authors and illustrators, new award-winning and notable books, a book talks, CPDU credits, raffles, door prizes, giveaways, book sales and keynote speakers. Featured Speakers: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Jon Muth, Laurie Keller, Aaron Reynolds and Maggie Stiefvater. For more information please call (630) 820-004.

  Saturday, February 15th, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
New location: Bobak's Signature Events
                     6440 Double Eagle Drive
                Woodridge, IL 60517
You may register ($55-same as last year) by calling (630) 820-2802.