Sunday, 24 March 2013


Publisher: Accendo Press
Formats Available: E-Book
Expected Publishing Date: 12th March 2013-03-08

BLURB from Goodreads
Everyone is exactly like me. 
There is no one like me. 
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing? 
My entire life is an imitation. 
I am an Imitation. 
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun. 
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.

I received an e-arc of this book directly from the author, Heather Hildenbrand in exchange for reading & reviewing and posting my review as part of the blog tour. I received this at quite short notice for me, I normally have my reading planned well ahead, so this was an extra review to fit in!
I love the cover, it’s very eye catching, the girls eyes really draw you to them. The girl on the cover is Ven. I also like the font and the mirrored image/reflection of the title, as it fits well the concept of Ven being a reflection/mirror image of Raven. The Authors name is also in a good font and compliments the cover rather than overtaking the cover.
Ven is an Imitation. Literally a “spare” scientifically made in case the Authentic ever needs anything such as a limb or an organ they will always have a spare, their imitation will give them whatever they need, without question. That is what an Imitation is created for. . . .Does everyone have an Imitation? No only those who can afford one and are deemed to need one by the creator of them. The Imitations are created and kept in their own community until the day they are needed.
When the authentic Raven Rogen’s life is threatened, her father Titus hides her away safely and brings forth her Imitation Ven, in an attempt to draw out the people trying to hurt his daughter. This makes Titus sound like a caring loving father you may think, the reality of how he treats Ven is a totally different matter. Ven is his daughters Imitation and totally expendable, in fact when her job is done, Ven will most likely be terminated. Ven’s mission is to act as if she is the real authentic Raven. No one other than Titus,  and head of family security Gus know the truth. Can Ven really pull this off? Can she play the part of Raven convincingly enough? Who are the people trying to harm Raven? Are they really the enemy they seem to be?
I literally received this e-arc, put it on my kindle and began reading immediately and I can 100% truthfully say I did not put it down until I came to the end of the book. I really . . . no I mean really loved this book. It’s so well written, it has twists and turns along the way. Things are certainly not all they seem. There’s the whole concept of the Imitations to get your head around, then there’s Ven’s mission as well as learning about the Authentic Raven and her social circles. You also end up comparing Authentic Raven to Imitation Ven and thinking about which one you prefer and why. There’s so much going on in the book, you really are hooked from the beginning right up to the very end.  I am already thinking about when I’ll be able to read Bk2, there’s so much potential for this series and where it can go. The characters are brilliant, even Raven! I mean we never actually meet the Authentic Raven as her father Titus has her safely tucked away from all danger in a top secret location. But just because we don’t meet her doesn’t mean we don’t learn about her, her feelings, her family and her friends as well as what type of person she is. I love the character of Ven the Imitation. Ven’s character reminds me a little of Kale from Jus Accardo’s Denazen Series (another Series I love) and then there’s the quiet, gorgeous, suspicious, always alert and there when Ven needs him Linc *sigh*. Oh Wow! What more can I say . . .better sum up before I babble on even more!
So did I enjoy the book? Oh yes definitely! Would I recommend? Definitely! Would I read a Bk 2? Yes please asap!! Would I read more by Heather Hildenbrand? I plan to!

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