Speed Date with Tessa: IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker

Posted 23 May, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 12 Comments

YA Paranormal Mystery
288 pages, hardcover
Available May 28, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Review copy provided by publisher for hones review

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 Date: Can you imagine having X-Men-like powers? Invisibility, mimicking someone’s appearance, moving things with your mind, improbably strength? I mean, wow. That’d be awesome. Or not, if you’re like Tessa. Poor Tessa’s been abandoned by her family, joins this secret branch of the government where they train her to use her powers for their benefit and then send her off to impersonate a dead girl, living with the girls’ family and interacting with her friends. I’m really feeling for the poor girl, especially since she’s deep in the throes of a crush with a cute Variant who’s seeing someone else.

Second Date: I’m feeling very Mama Bear-ish towards Tessa, wanting to comfort and protect her as she navigates a family life she doesn’t belong in and a school life she’s unwelcome in. Besides living this dead girl’s life, Tessa also has to solve the mystery of who’s killing people in this small town. *pats Tessa’s back* It’s okay, honey. You’ve got this.

Third Date: The last third of this book is a serious wham-bam, thank you, ma’am! Action-action-action, mystery solved, and Tessa’s done with her assignment (I usually like a little more foreplay but sometimes, a quickie’s just what you need). This entire book was a ton of fun, much like a date with that adorable player guy that you know won’t commit in a thousand years but, damn, he’s a good time (Quickie, anyone?).

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12 Responses to “Speed Date with Tessa: IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker”

  1. Yeaaah!!!! LOVED this book so freaking much!!!! Wasn’t Tessa cute? I also wanted to hug and comfort her all the time!

  2. YEAH MARY!!!!! I loved this book so much too! I didn’t really have any expectations going in, and I was surprised by how quickly I fell in love with Tessa (and ALEC!). I was definitely feeling a little mama bear-ish myself, I just wanted to give Tessa a huge hug the whole way through. I need book 2 asap:)

  3. Woo hoo!! I loved this book too, it was SO much fun. I totally wasn’t expecting much (I don’t know why, I guess because it was so short?), but I was very pleasantly surprised. I also had major mama-bear feelings for Tessa, especially when she wished she could just stay in Madison’s life. Poor thing! This is definitely quickie material, but I’d upgrade it to a serial quickie; like whenever it shows up in town, that’s where I’ll be for a few hours. 🙂 Fab review Mary!

  4. Since you and Lauren both loved this as much as you did, I’ll read it the second it comes out. It sounds exactly like my kind of thing, although I’m not a fan of rushed endings either.
    Thanks for the review, Mary!