Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Impostor by Jill Hathaway

Impostor (Slide #2) What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

My Review:

Impostor is a fabulous follow-up to Slide.  It continues to develop some of the characters that you already know and love, while also adding some new characters to the story.  The plot included a murder mystery that had many twists.  I was unable to guess who the killer was until it was revealed.  The story is engaging, with good writing.


Vee continues to be a fascinating main character.  Her sliding makes it really interesting to be in her head.  She is a good person, even though she's the one who comes up with the prank on Scotch that leads to disastrous consequences.  She, in some ways, feels guilty about what happens to him, yet part of her also feels he deserved it for what he's done to her and to other girls.  This book also shows another side of her that is revealed through her relationship with Rollins.  

The relationship between Vee and Rollins is handled well in this novel.  They are straddling the line between friends and boyfriend/girlfriend at the beginning of the book.  They clearly both like each other, yet there are moments when they aren't really sure where their relationship is showed.  There are a few awkward moment scenes with these two.  It doesn't help their relationship when Rollins becomes friends with a girl named Anna.  Vee feels insecure and thinks that Anna is better than her.  She doesn't realize that Rollins doesn't like Anna like that; he only likes Vee that way.

This story has some secondary characters from the first book, along with some new ones.  Samantha, Vee's ex-best friend, plays a large role in this story.  She and Vee begin to become friends again after Scotch does something bad to Sam.  Mattie, Vee's sister, also plays a part in this novel.  I love the sibling relationship portrayed in the Slide series.  Vee and Mattie are one of my favorite sets of "book sisters."  They both care about each other, and they can rely on each other when they need somebody.

If you like YA paranormal that has a contemporary feel, read this book.



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