Happy Thursday y'all! I hope it's been a good week for everybody. It's been a little busy here, gearing up for By Blood's big cover reveal and paperback release next week! But not so busy that I didn't have time to read!
This week I read IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker. And let me just say...holy cow! IMPOSTOR is a serious thrill ride! Before I get to my review, here's a little more info:
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.
First of all, I LOVE the concept of this book. How ridiculous would it be to pose as someone who is already dead? The implications of that...lying to the person's family, pretending to be friends with her friends....honestly it's an incredibly heart-wrenching situation to imagine. And Susanne doesn't flinch away from the complications and consequences of her main character's mission. IMPOSTOR is a murder mystery and a "superhero" book, but it also has a dark, emotional heart to it that's incredibly compelling.
Tessa is a great character: vulnerable and wounded, but also capable of this extraordinary power. Like most superheroes her unique skills come with a price. I was rooting for her from the first page, and am already looking forward to watching how she continues to grow in book 2.
That's another thing I loved about this book. It's got a great climax, a great ending. There are some tantalizing questions left unanswered, setting up a sequel, but in a way that's fully satisfying. No cliffhangers here! Just the desire to keep reading about Tessa and spending time in her world.
Unique Love Triangle
Yes, there's a love triangle, but interestingly Tessa is NOT at the center of it! Rather, she's got her eye on Alec, a fellow Variant...who already has a girlfriend. This twist on the triangle is really interesting and, frankly, very realistic. How many of us can relate to having a crush on someone who's already taken? Watching Tessa muddle through that situation - sometimes doing the right thing, sometimes not - felt really authentic to me. I appreciated how Susanne set up some really interesting, non-typical relationships in this book. It kept me guessing, waiting to see how everything would play out.
Overall, IMPOSTOR is a fast, intense read that will keep you guessing up until the very end. If you enjoy your murder mysteries paired with some fun scifi....or like your romances angsty and complicated...this is definitely the book for you! I really enjoyed it, and hope you will too!
See what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!
Lenore Appelhans wonders at ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Griffin Shari Arnold loves SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller Tracy Banghart embraces IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker Shelli Johannes-Wells delights in Cory Doctorow’s LITTLE BROTHER and HOMELAND Nikki Katz gets the shivers for 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil Jessica Love raves about ROAD TO TATER HILL by Edith M. Hemingway Katy Upperman celebrates THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay – with giveaway!
Lenore Appelhans wonders at ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Griffin
Shari Arnold loves SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller
Tracy Banghart embraces IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker
Shelli Johannes-Wells delights in Cory Doctorow’s LITTLE BROTHER and HOMELAND
Nikki Katz gets the shivers for 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Jessica Love raves about ROAD TO TATER HILL by Edith M. Hemingway
Katy Upperman celebrates THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay – with giveaway!