May 25, 2014

[Review] Imposter by Susanne Winnacker @SusanneWrites @RazorbillBooks

Title: Imposter (Variants #1)
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: May 28th, 2013
Source: Purchased

Summary From Goodreads:

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.

I didn't know what to expect from this book. I actually had signed up with the tour for book two and hadn't read book one, so I went out and bought it, not knowing what it was about, and when I cracked it open to read, I couldn't put it down.

This was a great mystery mixed with science fiction type powers. The characters of this awesome story have something of super powers. From super strength, mind reading, invisibility, powers of persuasion, healers, and shape shifters. It is totally worth the read.

Tessa is a shape shifter. She can change into anyone she wants to be, providing that she has touched them first. She has never been on a mission, only been training to hone in on her talent, her Variant. That all changed one day when Major told her she would be on her very first mission, to take over and step in for a dead girl, to locate her killer.

This was just a phenomenal story from start to finish. The characters were enjoyable and the mystery had you guessing who did it all the way through. Just when you thought you had it figured out, a curve ball is thrown at you. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy science fiction, mystery and romance.


Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog and three bunnies in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals. When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.

Her YA thriller IMPOSTOR will be published on May 28, 2013. It has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers!

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