Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review: Impostor (Variants #1)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Title: Impostor (Variants #1)
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Released Date: January 2, 2014
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Tessa is a Variant with extraordinary abilities. She could be a hero, but all she wants to do is fall in love ...

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she's spent the last two years with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. There she trains with other Variants, such as long-term crush Alec, who each have their own extraordinary ability.

When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again. Tessa hates everything about being an impostor - the stress, the danger, the deceit - but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she'd do anything to keep.

Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
My Thoughts:

Tessa is a Variant and her ability is like Mystique from X-Men. She can shape-shift into anyone as long as she has touched them and copied their DNA. Everyone at FEA (Forces of Extraordinary Abilities), a special branch of the FBI, thinks that she could be the ultimate weapon. But it’s not until she got her first mission, that all her two-year training in the FEA was put to the test.

A serial killer has been causing panic in a small town in Oregon. Tessa will have to pretend to be Madison, the last victim who barely survived the attack, in order for her to find the killer. Will she reach everyone’s expectation of being the ultimate weapon or will she disappoint them all?

Tessa is the type of character that will make anyone sympathize. Her thoughts and feelings are so realistic and normal that it's easy to relate to her. Her longing for parental love and acceptance is truly heartbreaking, it sometimes makes me tear up. It sad that the only time she felt loved was when she was pretending to be Madison and even if she knew it was all a lie, she still cherished it

I really don’t like Alec. He was hot and cold and indecisive. He always say he has a girlfriend and pushes Tessa away, then later he will show how much he likes her and then, he will push her away again. He’s freaking confusing. He said he doesn’t want to hurt her but he kept leading her on. His messing with Tessa’s emotion and I hate him for it. I don’t care what happened to him in his first mission that changed him or whatever Major told him; all I know is that, he is a huge insensitive d*****bag that doesn’t deserve Tessa. And besides, I know someone who’s more perfect for her *cough* Devon *cough* and I have a feeling he will be in the next book, Defector, and will sweep Tessa off her feet.

The plot was impressive and the mystery was complicated enough for me to doubt my guess on the killer’s identity. I love the characters (except Alec who is infuriating me) and love the whole superpowers stuff in it. Wish I could meet some of the other Variants though.

Overall, Impostor is a thrilling YA paranormal suspense-mystery and an absolutely awesome read. I would recommend it to everyone especially to fans of X-Men.

My Rating
*A review copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review (Thanks, Hachette UK!)
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