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Tessa is a Variant with extraordinary abilities. She could be a hero, but all she wants to do is fall in love …
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 with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. There she trains with other Variants, such as long-term crush Alec, who each have their own extraordinary ability.
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.
This book sounded very interesting, so when I saw it on Netgalley, I requested it and was lucky enough to get approved. I also found this alternate cover, which I like even more than the original cover. I liked the other cover a lot, don’t get me wrong, but this one is smoother and better fitting for the story than the original.
Tessa has a really cool power, she can morph into anybody she has touched, and she is given this really dangerous mission. She has a lot of internal conflict over her mission, which is very understandable since she has to deceive so many people by posing as one of their loved ones. Tessa was on okay character, but she could have been better. I felt at some points she was a bit too obsessed with crushing at the wrong times, but did like Alec when he was being sweet to her and could understand why she would crush on him. I also liked seeing her struggle with being part of a “normal” family.
As for the killer and such, it wasn’t really hard to figure stuff out and it didn’t surprise me at all who it was, but the ending scenes with the killer did get a bit exciting. There were a couple small things that were left unanswered, so I hope that there will be some explanation in the next book. Also, there was a character in this story that I hope had a bigger part in the next story since he was a bit pointless in this one. The writing was pretty good, but there were some things that became a bit repetitive, not a lot though.
All in all I enjoyed the story and will be looking forward to the next book.
Interesting, good writing, good story, though no surprises in the end.