Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Imposters by Susanne Winnacker (ARC)

Imposters (Variants #1)
Susanne Winnacker
Pub.: January 2, 2014 (UK)

Impostor (Variants, #1)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.

Tessa has the uncanny ability of being able to transform into anyone she touches - so long as they're alive - sorry Elvis lovers. It's something she doesn't mind too much, until the organization that employs and trains her tells her she needs to go to the hospital and touch a dying girl named Madison.
Madison was just your typical teenage girl with secrets, trying to survive high school long enough to move on. Unfortunately, a serial killer took that all away. Being the only victim to survive, Tessa knows taking on Madison's life will be risky. But with the bad comes the good - the chance to have a real family, friends, even possible love interests. But as motives begin to surface, she realizes the serial killer could be any of these people, and suddenly Tessa doesn't feel so safe anymore.
Imposters was a pretty good fish out of water story. Tessa has her own romantic issues to deal with, and becoming Madison and having to deal with hers, only escalates the ones Tessa has. Not to mention all the distractions of trying to learn everything about Madison and trying to figure out if she was just a random victim of coincidence or intentionally targeted. And when the investigation uncovers some unnatural commonalities between the deaths, the fear that maybe another Variant like Tessa was responsible for the killings becomes an issue. Because really, facing off against a human was one thing, but facing off against another Variant with unknown powers, could prove deadly if Tessa doesn't figure out the puzzle fast.

ARC provided by Hodder Children's Books.

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