Impostor (Variants, #1)

Title: Impostor
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Series: Variants, #1
Publish Date: May 28, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance

Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late?

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 training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. 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.

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general thoughts

I applaud all authors that manage to make me use my brain while reading my books. I’m a really lazy person, and it’s a miracle whenever I really rack my brain for answers, even if I never manage to guess anything correctly.

This book was about Variants–a group of people with special abilities. Tessa’s Variation is shape-shifting (so cool), and her first mission is to pose as Madison (a dead girl) to find the killer that roams around a small town in Oregon.

Reading this made me think of Teen Titans (don’t judge me), Justice League and, of course, X-Men. It brought me back to the good ‘ole days when we had cable in our living room.

The story seemed a bit generic, but was overall very entertaining and kept me reading. I definitely wanted to keep turning pages to find out who the killer was, and what his motives were. The concept was very interesting and it’d be nice to learn more about the other Variations in future books.

The book began with too much romance in the beginning, but it became more bearable and eventually semi-likable as the story progressed. There was definitely enough kick-ass-ness in the story that covered up the slightly annoying romance.

Tessa was a good character, but nothing special. I thought she was often too confused and emotional, but her Variation definitely kicks ass, so bonus points for her! Alec was the love interest and her guy best friend. I have a soft spot for male best friends, so I really liked Alec, aside from the fact that he was very secretive (to the point that he was my prime suspect at first) and moody.

I enjoyed the book, but nothing really special. I don’t know if there were really things that the book lacked, or because it was really short (288 pages), but I’m not really satisfied. Off to wait for the next book, and hopefully it’ll be much better!
The author’s name has no shadow (I think) while the title does, so it’s a bit unbalanced.

3 stars

What are your thoughts on the book? If you haven’t read the book, what are your thoughts on the cover? Are you excited to read it?



3 thoughts on “Review: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

  1. This book sounds really interesting! Especially the Variants, even though it sounds too X-Man-ish to me. And if the protagonist is a shape-shifter, all the better! I really like that but not enough books have it. But I think I’m going to wait for the second one, if this one doesn’t tell much about the Variants.


    1. It was a really quick read and it left me hanging, so I do suggest you wait for the second book. :)


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