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Variants: 1: Impostor [Kindle Edition]

Susanne Winnacker
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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.

'Fun and suspenseful.' Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of CINDER

'An unpredictable page-turner ... reminiscent of a Stephen King novel.' VOYA

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'... manages to walk the tricky line between fun and suspenseful. I was quickly lured into the covert world of Variants and the hunt for a brutal serial killer, but it was Tessa herself who ultimately won my heart. No matter what face she's wearing, Tessa is an endearing hero whose yearning for love and acceptance is one we can all relate to.' (Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder)

'A thrilling whodunit that kept me guessing until the very last pages.' (Amy Plum, author of the DIE FOR ME trilogy)

'With its compelling mystery and intriguing characters, Susanne Winnacker's Impostor kept me reading late into the night. I really enjoyed it!' (Jodi Meadows, author of INCARNATE)

An unpredictable page-turner with shades of terror reminiscent of a Stephen King novel. (VOYA Magazine)

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Tessa is a Variant with extraordinary abilities. She could be a hero, but all she wants to be is a normal teenage girl ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2810 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G5KJC4Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 1 Mar. 2014
Tessa is different, she is a Variant! Once she touches someone she absorbs their DNA and can turn into them. She mimics everything about them. Her mum abandoned her to the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a supernatural branch of the FBI, when she was little. They are her family now and they hone her unique abilities.

In a small town in Oregon where everyone knows everyone, there has been a rash of killings. The police suspect a serial killer but the FEA think it could be a rogue Variant. The serial Killer strikes again but makes a mistake. When his latest victim is found she is barely alive and the FEA know this is their only opportunity. Even though Tessa hasn't been out in the field before she is perfect for the job. Major takes her to the hospital to absorb Madisons DNA so she can be bait for the killer. When "Madison" miraculously comes out of her coma her family are thrilled. Tessa as Madison must play her part to perfection and try to catch a killer! What follows is a book that is unique and thrilling.

Firstly I have to say that I love this cover of Imposter!! It fits with a certain scene in the book and it portrays Tessas Ability perfectly. Secondly when I read the blurb of this I knew Id read it!!

I absolutely and utterly devoured this book!! It was ah-maz-ing. When I was reading it i was sucked into the story and could imagine everything Tessa went through. She struggles with her gift and the author did an amazing job of showing us rather than telling us. All her life she has wanted a proper family and when she is Madison she sees how a real family operate. It was heartbreaking to see her wanting them to love her instead of Madison.

I loved Tessa. She has a unique ability but she doesn't abuse it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start to the Series. 31 May 2013
By Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers Group, Razorbill, and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Tessa is a variant. Just by touching someone she can copy their DNA, and change her body to look exactly like theirs.

18-year-old Madison is the 4th victim of a serial killer, and although she's not dead, she's in a coma and likely to die soon.

Tessa works for the FEA - a branch of the FBI, and after 2 years of training, Madison will be Tessa's first assignment. It's up to her to take over Madison's life, and to catch her killer.
Can Tessa really fool people into thinking she is Madison though? Can she catch the killer? And can she do it without getting killed in the process?

This was an interesting story about a girl who could basically morph herself into someone else!

Tessa was an interesting character, but I did think that she was too easily swayed. I know that she was obviously stuck working for this group called the FEA, but she didn't seem to even think about maybe wanting to not work for them, or wanting to get away and have her life back to herself.
She didn't really seem worried about impersonating someone who had a killer after them either. While her best friends were quite rightly worried, she just saw it as a mission, and didn't really seem to take into consideration that this was real, and she could actually end up dead.

There was some romance in this book, although it took place in the form of a love triangle. Tessa is in love with her best friend Alec, but Alec is going out with Kate, which Tessa isn't happy about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars IMPOSTOR 29 April 2014
A fast-paced, intense and intriguing murder mystery with an X-Men twist, Impostor, the first in the Variants series from Susanne Winnacker will appeal to fans of The Body Finder, Kim Harrington’s Clarity, and anyone who loved the romance of Vampire Academy. Oh yes, this book is good!

A Variant who can take on the appearance of those whose DNA she absorbs, Tessa is called upon when schoolgirl Madison is attacked by a suspected serial killer. It might be too late to save Madison, but with Tessa on the case, along with fellow Variant Alec, undercover as a new student at Madison’s school, it may not be too late to uncover the killer before he or she strikes again. For Tessa, there’s a lot not to love about being a Variant; to her mom she is nothing but a freak, and now she has no family to speak of, apart from the other Variants at the FEA (Forces with Extraordinary Abilities), namely best friend Holly, and older guy Alec, who she is totally in love with despite the fact that a romance between them is strictly off limits for a number of reasons, the main one being that he already has a girlfriend.

But posing as Madison gives Tessa a chance at the normal life (serial killer on the loose aside) that she’s always wanted. Madison has a loving family, including a twin brother, Devon, whom Tessa finds herself thinking about a little too often despite the fact that she’s playing at being his sister. However, attracted though she is to Madison’s hot brother, Tessa doesn’t dwell on this for too long, as Alec is still around. Oh, Alec and Tessa. I have to say that I loved the dynamic between these two; I am a sucker for the ‘best friends who are so meant to be something more’ type relationship and all the sexual tension that brings with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!!
This book is so amazing. It is so fast paced and had a great plotline that made me want to read on and on..... and on and ok, so here is the story...... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Should remind you of x men, cranes girl in the box or a few other books/plots but while there are similarities, this book is so different in so many ways. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Missjq
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
I liked this book from the beginning; it puts you straight into the story, into this world of variants within the FBI. Read more
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I wasn't too sure about this book when I first picked it up and the beginning didn't help either (I don't know what it was about it :/) But, when I got into the book I couldn't put... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Teen Girl Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!
The grammar and spelling mistakes need to be worked on but the storyline is just incredible, it's such a gripping book!!! 😃
Published 9 months ago by Buffy
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this book!
This book is different, very original! Fantastic start to the series and i will look forward to Defector. Brilliant writer. I couldn't put it down.
Published 9 months ago by Miss Sharon Fenn
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i loved this book and this author. No typos, and was very thrilling. Finished it in one day, I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the sequel!
Published 10 months ago by Caitlin Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Susanne Winnacker*

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Published 12 months ago by Jess Watkins (A Book Addict's Bookshelves)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel, perfect for those that like supernatural abilities.
I was drawn to Impostor for the cover, with the pretty girl(s) and the change in appearance between the two side, however the actually story isn't as nice or pretty as the cover... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sanna
5.0 out of 5 stars A paranormal. mystery YA thriller at its greatest!
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. Read more
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