Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review - Impostor (Variants, #1) by Susanne Winnacker

Title: Impostor (Variants, #1)
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Pages: 320
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Release date: 2nd January 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

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 Review:

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Susanne Winnacker*

3.5/5 stars

Tessa has the power to turn into other people. 
She is a Variant and part of the FEA, the Forces with Extrordinary Abilities, a secret part of the FBI. 
Tessa is given her first mission when a serial killer strikes in a small town. 
Her job is to impersonate Madison, one of the victims, and to find the murderer before he strikes again.

As a fan of super heroes, I was intrigued to read Impostor. 
Tessa was a likeable protagonist who struggled with the idea of posing as someone else and then becomes so attached to Madison's family that she doesn't want to leave them - a result of her childhood.
Impostor was an enjoyable read with a plot that held my attention and kept me guessing as to the identity of the killer.