Thursday, October 16, 2014

REVIEW: Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.

Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was very doubtful when I first say this book. It looked very interesting, but it sounded very similar to another book I read, The Lost Girl. I enjoyed reading both of these books, but they are completely different. Sure, they have the same basic idea, but they each take a different direction.

This book revolves around Ven, who is, essentially, a clone. Her entire purpose in life is to, eventually step into the life of her Authentic, Raven, who is the daughter of the "inventor" of the clones. But Raven's life is being threatened, so Ven is pulled out of Twig City (the home of the clones) and it's her time to be Raven, which is much harder than it sounds, since she's a rich snob with an evil father, who isn't against ending the life of a "product".  And, of course, Ven is to be the bait for those who are making an attempt on Raven's life, as it doesn't matter if a "product" dies.

I find the idea of clones fascinating and am always interested in books about them. One of the most interesting factors of this book is how much Ven changes. In the beginning she is out of her element in the Authentic world and still believe that she's a product that's only purpose is for the Authentics. She even believes that she's incapable of feeling! But as the book goes on she begins to realize that she is a person and is worth it!

What really helps her along the way is the romance! Yep, there's romance, but I actually loved it.
1. It didn't steal the show. The plot of the book still revolved around the clones.
2. No insta-love!
3. Our love interest is a great guy! He's one that you, honestly, can't help but like!

This book also surprised me! Not just the book in general, but the turns it took! There were so many things in this book I wasn't expecting! I'm sorry if I'm being vague, but trust me when I say that this book is a surprising read.

I loved so many things about this book, but for some reason, I can't say that I loved it. Did I like it? Yes! But it didn't have enough for me to say that I absolutely loved it.  One of my issues may have been that I wanted more answers and I felt like some aspects of the clones didn't add up. I was also a bit turned away by the fact that the ending felt a bit abrupt. 

This was a very interesting sci-fi. It's face-paced, with great characters, romance, and a surprising story! Overall, I enjoyed this book and will most definitely be continuing the series!

I hereby give this book
3.5 Stars
Meaning: I liked it, but I almost loved it.

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