Review: Impostor – Jill Hathaway

Review: Impostor – Jill HathawayImpostor by Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #2
Published by Harper Collins
Published: March 26th 2013
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The story of Vee Bell continues in this thrilling follow-up to Jill Hathaway's slide.Vee'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—and her relationship with her best friend, Rollins, is heating up—Vee has a bizarre experience: She loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, staring down at the lifeless body of the boy who had taken advantage of her last year. As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone else she knows has the ability to slide. And this "slider" is using Vee to exact revenge.

When I finished this book I wasn’t sure how to feel. I had a lot of emotions, some of them not good. The end left a bad taste in my mouth which then took away from the rest of the story which I had enjoyed pretty much up until the climax/conclusion. I still really don’t know how to feel about it. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Was it just a meh book for me? And the thing is I can’t give a definite answer to any of those questions because in the end, the book was kind of just there and that disappointed me.

Imposter is the second book in the Slide series and picks right up where Slide left off. Vee’s boyfriend is dead and Vee is still sliding into the minds of others. She has learned to control her power some but just as Vee thinks things are getting back to normal strange things start to happen once again. Someone seems to be sliding into Vee causing her to black out and do strange things. But if this is happening it means someone has the same power to slide like Vee which can either be helpful or deadly.

Imposter really had such a great start. It had the exact same feel as Slide did. You could feel the end of your seat tension, even if parts were predictable, and the added part of a new person being able to slide just added to the plot. It was paced well and still had the same likable characters. You had Vee and Mattie and Rollins. You had Vee and Mattie’s dad and you had Sam on the outside with the ever dislikable Scotch. And you had the new additions of Vee and Mattie’s aunt Lydia and Rollins’ annoying radio friend. All of the parts were there and it was all leading up to something great. I was excited about the end and to see where it was all going. And then at about 65-70% through the books, it all went downhill for me. In the rush to get the book completed it lost something and that disheartened me.

Instead of having a great book that I could gush about and suggest to friends I had an okay story that had good characters that were kind of killed at the end. The whole thing took a 180 and I felt like the easy way out. Now I won’t say I wasn’t surprised by the conclusion, who was the possible other slider and what was really going on, but I just didn’t really care at that point. Something went amiss on page 184 when Mattie became annoying and not the character I had grown to love and everything after that just didn’t work.

Now I can’t say I hated the book because I didn’t. It really was a very great idea and I know people that really loved the whole thing. It just fell flat for me and like I said became a book that was just there. If there was a 3rd part would I read it? Definitely without a doubt. I’m just not sure how I felt about this one being such a let down in my eyes.

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Second Chance Sunday – Slide by Jill Hathaway

I feel like I read this book a lifetime ago. Actually I kind of have when you think about all the other books I have read between then and now. I’ve read a lot of lifetimes in that span. Anyway, in February the second book to today’s Second Chance Sunday, Slide, came out and I really need to get it. I keep meaning too, but as much as I would like I can’t buy all the books. And since I can’t buy Imposter quiet yet, I thought I would introduce you to or remind you of Slide.

Second Chance Sunday – Slide by Jill HathawaySlide by Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Published by Balzer + Bray
Published: March 27, 2012
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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth - her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I stumbled across it randomly and thought it sounded intriguing so I picked up a copy. Well, intriguing it was. Was it predictable? Absolutely. But there was some comfort in the predictability of it. There was still enough mystery to keep it going while the other parts I could see coming a mile away. It led to a balance of sorts that just worked.

Honestly, Vee made the book for me. She was just plain likable. She had this secret that she was hiding from everyone which made her have to hide a part of herself. On top of that, she had to be the rock in the family for her sister and almost parental for her too. She was only 17 and had more on her plate then any teen should. Add in the fact that things were awkward with her and her best friend Rollins and the new guy Zane it is a miracle that Vee didn’t crack under the pressure. Actually, I think that is what I liked most about her. She just stayed strong and kept going. She did what she had to to keep everyone moving all while figuring out what secrets everyone was hiding.

The story was really well told and kept me interested even after I figured out just what the heck was happening. I’m excited this isn’t a stand-alone, which I don’t say too often. I can’t wait to find out what else is in store for Vee and her slides.

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