Monday, January 19, 2015

REVIEW: Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand

Deviation (Clone Chronicles, #2)
Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.

Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own.

In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . . 

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It hasn't been that long since I read the first book, Imitation, but it's been long enough that I like a little bit of a refresher as to what happened. Which is exactly what this book does. This book quickly intertwines major events of the first book in Ven's thoughts and dialogue to catch you up, without any info dumps. This was done really well.

This book takes place not too long after the events of the last book. Ven is still pretending to be Raven, Daniel is locked up for helping the Imitations, and everyone is scrabbling to prevent Titus from discovering where the Imitation's are hiding.

This book is true to second book syndrome in the way that a majority of the book seemed to be leading up to the next book. There's lots of planning and making allies involved in not only prevented Titus from discovering the Imitations, but stopping him all together and saving the rest of the Imitations. Not the say that there's not a lot of action, but the book isn't quite what you would call action packed. Though, this book is very thrilling in way that Ven discovers and learns so many shocking things within this book.

Like I said, this book mostly leads up to the next book, which means that the last 20 pages or so has a heaping load of action. The last few pages of the book are very impactful, emotional, and overall just shocking. Fair warning, there is indeed a cliffhanger.

And lastly, the romance. I liked the romance in the last book. It wasn't cliche or overdone, didn't distract from the plot, and the love interest was a really nice guy. These are all still true, but I felt that the romance was just odd in this book. The characters were just making out too much considering the circumstances and, really, it seemed a bit fast to me. It didn't distract from the plot, but it seemed unnecessary.

This was a very nice continuation to Immitation, although it was mostly a lead up to the next book. I do still recommend this series and, after that ending, I have high expectations for the next book.

I hereby give this book
3.5 Stars
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing

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