REVIEW: Impostor (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker

Title: Impostor
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Series: Variants #1
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Date of Release: January 2nd 2014
Pages: 320
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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.


Firstly I shall mention this cover is absolutely stunning, amazing, fabulous, gorgeous, mysterious, astounding! Yes, if you had not yet gathered, I absolutely love it.

Tessa is a Variant with one of the most powerful abilities there is with so many opportunities. She is sent on her first mission after only two years at FEA, to pose as a girl whom has died amongst a string of continuous murders. Tessa will have to adapt to the life of Madison who has a life of things that Tessa has never had, like a loving family. Additionally, Madison was a very secretive person meaning Tessa must attempt to pick up the tiny pieces in this puzzle. However, Tessa must be careful not to become too attached to the family, as in the end they only love Madison not Tessa. So hopefully with the help of tough and emotionless Alec, she will be able to get through this easily... maybe not!

Tessa is a compassionate and kind character who only wants to be loved, either by her own family or by Alec. So when she is given a family, there are heart-wrenching and emotional scenes where you can see that she is slowly losing herself bringing on a string of confusing and vulnerable emotions. Furthermore she is a strong character who will plow through anything to try to get to the bottom of this mystery, no matter who she must betray.

You will suspect anyone. There are so many individual characters who possess a reason for murdering Madison, however it takes a while to get you thinking as to why they would additionally kill the doctor, a girl from Madison's school and the caretaker. There are so many individuals that you could also place into partnerships for the crime, but all for very different reasons. But you must figure out whose alibis are actually true.

This is a paranormal, mystery YA thriller at its greatest, you will be taken around many paths with dead ends and multiply branches to forward your investigation. There is also a background theme of unrequited love (a little emotional!) that strongly binds this story together.

I am definitely engaged to read: Defector.

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