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(The Feuds #1)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  118 reviews
In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.
For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or "Imps." A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally l
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
DNF at 35%. Why?
But her long, chestnut waves and wide green eyes were unmistakable, even ten yards away. They were focused directly on the pile of Prior bodies that were mounting atop the back of an old truck.

Davis’s face changed from terrified to pale to sick. She coughed in hard, hacking gasps; she was so rarely exposed to unfiltered air. A few people turned to stare. Cole saw them take in her face with its porcelain skin, invisible pores, and even features. Her long, lithe legs with their
1.5 stars.

In one word, this book is CONTRADICTORY.

If there was a championship for putting your foot in your mouth, Feuds would win it, closely followed by politicians and grannies with agendas.

The Plot-hole(s):

There isn't a story. There's a romance and that's it. One would expect at least a believable, character developing relationship, but don't expect that either. Only expect kisses, lots of them. There are a couple of plot twists at the end, but nothing ground breaking. You won't even yawn.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a, dystopia, arcs
This is a futuristic, dystopian version of Romeo & Juliet with lots of added twists and turns.

Set in the future, there are two distinct groups in the world: the priors, who have been genetically enhanced since birth and live lives of privilege and wealth; then there are the geneserians, or gens, also called imps in a derogatory way by the priors, who have not been genetically enhanced and live in slums, can only work in the lowest paid servitude jobs, must wear armbands to identify themselves, a
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
While this book has a great mix of dystopian, action, thrill, and romance, it still did not live up to what it could have been. This book could have been amazing. It could have been one of my favorites, but there were a few things that didn't work for me. Big things.

Before I go into detail, I'd like to say that this book reminds me of Black City. There were a lot of similarities between Davis & Cole and Natalie & Ash. The forbidden love. The sneaking around to meet each other. And while I loved
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Davis loves dancing, and because she was genetically engineered before she was born, she never gets sick. When her friends start contracting a deadly disease, Davis knows that she has it too.
Where has this disease come from? And why is it only affecting those who are genetically engineered?

This was an interesting story, but I did get a little confused by all
Ashley Owens
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
This was one of the worst books I've read. :-/ that's what you get for buying a book based on the cover! ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: I really enjoyed this novel, though I wish the focus had been more on the plot than the romance.

Opening Sentence: It was the grand pas classique.

The Review:

In Feuds, Priors have been created, the perfect, beautiful, strong humans that have been genetically enhanced. Imps are “imperfects”, regular people like you and I, who are looked down upon by the Priors. Davis is a Prior, and her father is running for office, while Cole is doing cage-fights
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
FEUDS was a story that had an interesting premise and great potential, but unfortunately didn’t live up to expectations. The ideas were there – a society separated by class, a deadly disease targeting those who were supposed to be perfect, an unexpected and forbidden romance – but their execution was poor and their development was lacking.

There was little backstory given to explain how the world became the way it did, why there was this disease in the first place, why it affected only the geneti
I would like to thank NetGalley & St. Martin's Griffin for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Technically I'd give this book 3.5 stars, but since only whole numbers are allowed I'm rounding up to 4 stars, thanks to the twist unveiled at the end of the book.

Goodreads Blurb:
In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a d
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Although I'm currently burned on dystopians at the moment, I wanted to read Feuds because it seemed to have a relatively new and original concept. I was also attracted to a main character who was passionate about dancing. Feuds wasn't the perfect book, by any means, but I do think this series has a lot of potential.

The world in Feuds was quite intriguing. There were the Priors, who were genetically engineered to be smart and physically strong and the Imps (or Imperfects), who were a lower caste.
Brandi Kosiner
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

Feuds was on my radar because I am attracted to anything ballet in books or movies. I've never danced, but I am engrossed reading about it. Its so graceful and beautiful and requires such dedication and heart. Along with the dancing, there is also this virus, which is another element that would have drawn me to Feuds and its beautiful cover.

It was a bit slow to set me up and make me like Davis, the female main character. But her dream of dancing and the way that she even daydreams about ridin
Sara Grochowski
In the not so distant future, society is divided into two groups: Priors, those who are wealthy and genetically enhanced to be more attractive, stronger, and smarter, and the Imperfects, or "Imps," lowly servants to the Priors. Davis Morrow, a competitive ballerina, is a Prior, raised to believe that the Priors represent all that is good in the world and that the Imps are worthless, wild, and separate - until she meets Cole. At first, she doesn't realize that Cole is an Imp and, by the time she ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
This was a DNF for me b/c it was basically a contemporary romance (of the currently ever-so-popular MMA variety) disguised as a dystopian by virtue of being set in the "future."

This is a peeve of mine, b/c many moons ago when Amazon still had its 4-for-3 paperback deal, I ordered a bunch of Lynsay Sands paranormal romances, which were really contemporary romance with the vampire hero being a vampire by virtue of his inconvenient need to drink blood for sustenance, and his inconvenient need to a
Aneta Bak
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Feuds is a classic Romeo and Juliet love story, with a fascinating dystopian twist.

In a world where people can be genetically modified at birth, Davis is meant to be perfect. From her intelligence to her ballet moves. When she meets Cole at a friends party, they fall in love at first sight. What Davis doesn't know is that Cole is not as perfect as she imagines him to be, in fact he's not perfect at all. Cole was not genetically modified at birth, he is poor and will do anything to make enough mo
Michelle Rebar
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
YES! YES! I loved this book! A Ballerina and a cage fighter get involved in a star-crossed romance while a deadly virus sweeps through a dark, futuristic dystopian world where genetics separate the classes? Um...awesome! A full review is on the way...but seriously, AWESOME!

Update 9/11/14. Review originally posted on Michelle's Minions

Davis Morrow's life is perfect. She is perfect. Davis is a Prior, a member of the upper class that has been genetically modified to be stronger, smarter, faster, p
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Feuds was far from what I expected it to be and I mean that in both a good and bad way. I started the book knowing very little about it and I went into it with an open mind. To be honest I only really knew that it was a dystopian and all I hoped was that it would be different from the rest. It definitely had a unique feel to it and that was by far my favorite thing about it.

Feuds is told from the alternating points of view of Davis and Cole. Davis is the daughter of a rich Prior who is up for el
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Behold this pretty cool book! You're in for a treat if you decide to browse this perfectly imperfect dystopian world. The concept is intriguing, people. It's about a society divided in two: the Priors-- genetically altered people to grow up into perfect beings, and the Imps-- regular people (lower class) with "imperfections". They do not mix and it's actually illegal to get involved. But of course, what is prohibited makes up the best of stories!

Davis is a ballerina working hard on making into t
Momo (the Mome Rath)
Feuds is a set in a future with a dystopian hierarchy based on if you're an upgraded human or not. There are essentially two levels: super humans (Priors) and normal people (Imps), with normal people being the underbelly of society. Davis is a Prior with aims of being a ballerina and competing in the Olympiads, who unknowingly falls in love with an Imp, Cole. There is the complication of Priors getting sick with Narxis and a bunch of other stuff that's not that important to the story.

Honestly t
Mariko (The Storybook Kingdom)
This review was originally posted on The Storybook Kingdom

A copy of this book was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, here's the deal. I was pretty much back an forth on how I should rate this book. Unfortunately, my indecision wasn't because I thought it was amazingly awesome or just kinda awesome. It was more like, if I kinda liked the book but was more meh, or if I flat out didn't like it. I think I really should just get into my thoughts to make things
I really loathe to say this, but I feel like Feuds is just another typical dystopian novel. The characters, world-building, plot, ect. were all pretty average. The romance was the worst of all.

Davis is one of those typical "special snowflake" characters. Out of all the Priors, only she can be different. Only Davis can actually have a heart and a conscience. And of course, the Imp, Cole, must fall in love with the "more-perfect-than-already-perfect" human. Imps are supposed to have many flaws; t
Kristen Cansler
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eh. That really sums up my feelings about Feuds. It wasn't bad. It just didn't keep my attention or interest. A lot of the time I spent reading this, it felt like a chore. I'd glance over at the stack of books on my nightstand and wish that I could read something else. What I thought I was getting was going to be a dystopian with a beautiful cover. What I feel like I got was a tease of dystopian with a heavy helping of romance and a deceptively beautiful cover.

The potential was there. It was be
Anna N.~God, Keep My Head Above Water
Rating: 2.5

I won a copy of this book for an honest review. This will never effect how I like or rate a book.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I know it wasn't great but then again I didn't hate it. It's not the book's fault that I've read too many books that feel like they follow this similar pattern. It's mediocre and forgettable but is not horrible. There's nothing to really hate about it. The idea is interesting enough. It just didn't feel executed right. Since as it is it rea
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
I’d like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The biggest issue in this book, for me, was the lack of world building. In any dystopian book, I like seeing more of how that world came to be. One example? We are told that some genetic engineering created a division in society between Priors and Imps. Priors are the ones that have been subjected to genetic engineering, while Imps haven’t. Why? There was no reason given for why
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Another case of "The cover made me do it". This book had so much potential. The first few chapters were actually pretty good. But then it all went crashing down and it was a painful and cringe-worthy ride. This is probably the first time that I liked every character BUT the main protagonists. And while I'm usually one to tolerate the inherent insta-love of young adult novels, I think I got whiplash by how quickly these two "fell in love". Seriously these two met up maybe four times and had like ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, net-galley
Received a free ebook copy, courtesy of NetGalley.

Feuds is a great start to what is sure to be a wonderful series. I was hooked right away by the idea of a dystopian world were people were classified as "Priors", who are genetically modified humans, and "Imps", those who were not modified. It was such an outrageous and slightly terrifying concept, that people are modified genes this way, but it caught my interest immediately.

Davis and Cole are the protagonists of this novel. Davis, is a Prior,
Mackenzie Herbert
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
**I received an advanced reader copy through the Goodreads First Reads Program**

If I was to walk into Barnes and Noble to pick out my next book, I never would have picked up Feuds by Avery Hastings. The cover didn't really appeal to me and the plot, while interesting, didn't really seem like the kind of book I would like. So, thank God for the Goodreads First Reads program because if it wasn't for them, I never would have experienced the pure genius that lies within this book.

Feuds was captivati
Although I liked this story, it felt...glossed over, to me. I got a sense of both Davis and Cole, but was not given a deep look at either. Just when I felt like I was getting somewhere with one of them, another direction was followed.

Maybe I'm just projecting my feelings about falling in love under duress and in a very short amount of time, but I don't think there was really enough interaction between Davis and Cole for them to really love each other. Attached, yes. Deeply crushing on each othe
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, blog-tours
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you enjoy dystopian romance, then you'll definitely enjoy Feuds. I thought this was going to be another typical YA/dystopia genre read, but it was much more sophisticated than that. I found the idea of genetically engineering children and what might happen to our society as a result an absolutely fascinating one to explore in this context. It was eerie how closely this has mirrored many of the civil and human ri
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 Read as digital ARC.

I was disappointed by Feuds, likely because I had such high expectations going in. When I first read the summary--the part about the ballerina and the advancements in perfection--I thought this was an elongated, revamped YA Harrison Bergeron, and I couldn't wait to read it. (People are running around rewriting Romeo and Juliet, Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice all over the place, why not redo a short story as a novel, so that you actually have space to make something new
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
Confession time: I didn’t read Romeo and Juliet until a year or two ago. I have both undergrad and graduate degrees in English literature, but I guess everyone assumed we’d read it in high school (I hadn’t) and didn’t assign it. I was in no hurry to read it myself because I figured I’d just be annoyed by the main characters…and I was right, although there’s also some great writing, of course.

So if a tale by the Bard couldn’t do it for me, you can imagine how I felt about a dull, sloppily-told re
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