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I Belong

Review: Impostor by Jill Hathaway

Title: Impostor

Author: Jill Hathaway

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Slide (Book 2)

Publication Date: March 26, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 278 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062077988 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062077981 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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.

Quick & Dirty: A good mystery with a surprising twist. And an ending that will have your jaw drop.

Opening Sentence: The dream always goes like this: I’m in the passenger seat of a car, racing down the interstate.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Jill Hathaway’s Impostor is a stunning sequel that entertains the reader with this unique murder mystery. I absolutely loved Slide and couldn’t wait to dive into Impostor. Hathaway brings back Vee, who has a special ability to momentarily slide into a person’s state of mind, allowing her to control the person and their actions. The concept is unique, filling the pages with psychological thrills. Once again Hathaway delivers.

Impostor beings six months after Zane’s death. Vee has lost herself trying to cope with his death. She also is coming to grips with the reality of the new status of her and Rollins’ relationship. Vee constantly dreams about the night of Zane’s death. She is haunted because she slid into Zane moments before the crash. Sometimes she dreams of escaping, driving away in a car. But her dreams are slowly becoming real life. One night, she wakes up from her dream of escape to find out that she is actually in a car, speeding down the highway. Vee has no recollection of what happened, putting together pieces to solve the puzzle. Could there be someone else who can slide? Could they slide into her? These are the questions she asks and tries to solve.

Vee is someone I loved from the beginning. Impostor allowed me to become acquainted with all of the things I loved about her. Her tenacity and strength carries throughout her actions. She is once again surviving, growing stronger each day. She no longer keeps her ability at bay, allowing her to live in the moment. She has chosen to embrace it for what it is, but this time at an odd price.

I never really thought about having another person with the same abilities. I was so caught up in Vee that it escaped my mind. But the circumstances that Hathaway has brought to the reader is interesting. Vee is inherently good, but what if the other slider isn’t? The actions of a slide has consequences, and Vee is experiencing first hand the ill effects of the slide.

The tone of Impostor is a lot darker and fiercer. Hathaway brings this element of horror that is a step higher than Slide. Let me tell you, I was knee deep in reading intensity! I couldn’t get enough of the story, and I needed to know who was the impostor. Hathaway’s world is a realistic one, but the elements and details that she brings to the table allows for the reader to be transported away.

I loved everything until I didn’t. The ending wasn’t something I was expecting and it broke my heart. I was expecting something much more different, more sinister and evil. That set the difference between Impostor and Slide. But I will say Hathaway still threw me off. Impostor is still an amazing read, and I urge you to pick it up.

Notable Scene:

When I turn to face the front, Rollins gives me a questioning look. I mouth the word later at him and then fiddle with the radio. He growls and swats my hand away. Melting back into the seat, I welcome the normalcy of the scene. Rollins, rocking out behind the wheel. Mattie, in the back, scrutinizing a text message on her phone. Then there’s me, wondering if there was someone else in my head last night. An impostor.

Slide Series:

1. Slide

2. Impostor

FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Impostor.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  

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