Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen; 368 pages
Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.
Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself.
If you have NOT read Uninvited please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
Duologies are perfect for those who don’t like sticking with trilogies, or worse, series that are longer than three books. They’re also perfect for those who don’t like standalones. However; in this case, I might have preferred a standalone. This is coming from someone who is obsessed with Sean. Bringing in a new love interest was hard. I couldn’t find myself enjoying their moments together when all I kept thinking was “…but SEAN…”. It’s tough. All those swoon-worthy moments were anything but for me . . . I just didn’t feel that connection with Caden or even with Caden and Davy. Again, this could because my mind wouldn’t let me. I should add that it’s not that I didn’t like Caden, because I did. As a person, he was fantastic. Hell, he’d even be a guy I’d want to date but I couldn’t connect with the idea of him and Davy or where his feelings for her may have come from, you know?
The story itself wasn’t as exciting, either. One thing I did love was the little things in between each chapter. Some were conversations, some were emails, some were articles and some were even obituaries. I liked that and I can’t remember if it was like that in the first book but even if it was, I really really liked that. But that’s beside the point – it just wasn’t as exciting, engrossing or frankly, entertaining as the first one. I was so engrossed in Uninvited and I wanted, no, needed more. I guess sometimes when your expectations are so high, they never quite reach.
I found this book to be quite predictable, as well. I don’t think anything surprised me and that disappoints me. I predict things in a lot of books but there is always something that surprises me; not here, though.
Even with all that, it wasn’t bad, per say, it just wasn’t as good as the first. You can’t even call them close. Who knows, maybe someone will actually like it more than the first book? It’s all about what you like and matter of opinions but sadly, this was mine.
I will say, by the end of the book, I was okay. I came around to liking Caden and I was happy that mostly everyone was happy.
As much as this pains me, because of how much I loved Uninvited, this book was a complete and utter let down. Especially to those of us who were very fond of Sean; which is probably most of us.
Thank you so much to Hannah from The Irish Banana Review for allowing me to borrow this book. In turn, thank you so much to HarperCollins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.