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Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

My review: 4/5 stars

I love the concept of this story. The rich, famous, and wealthy have body doubles called Imitations that exist in a world called Twig City. They stay in training, learning everything about their Authentic, until they are summoned for some purpose. It may be organ donation, filling in at one function so the Authentic can go on vacation, being a surrogate, or acting as bait when the Authentic's life is in danger.

Ven is Raven's Imitation. Raven reminds me of Paris Hilton.

She is wealthy, spoiled, and her life is in danger. Enter Ven. Although we never actually meet Raven we get a pretty good idea what she's like from Ven's training and the description of others. She likes clothes shopping and flirts and sleeps with lots of boys. Ven isn't interested in the guys Raven would date. In fact, she is falling in love with her bodyguard, Linc. It poses a problem as she pushes away Daniel, Raven's current fling. The creator, who also happens to be Raven's dad, threatens her repeatedly to act the way Raven would act and do what Raven would do. Ven doesn't trust him and he doesn't trust her. But he has the ability to destroy her.

Ven wants out of this life, and Linc vows to help her. They struggle against the evil Creator, and question who is friend and who is foe.

My thoughts: I was intrigued and engrossed for most of the book. The writing flows well and the chapter endings flow right into the next chapter's beginning. It's not a plot line I've seen before, unless you count the similarities between this book and Congo by Robin Cook. My only peeve was the ending seemed a bit blah and anticlimactic. Some of my questions were not answered and we never meet Ven's Authentic. I realize this is a series and hopefully these issues will be addressed in the next book. I am interested to see where this series goes.