Review Blitz and Giveaway: DEVIATION (Clone Chronicles #2) by Heather Hildenbrand plus Imitation ARC Review



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Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.
Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own. 

In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . .

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Where do I start? After reading and not being quite satisfied with the ending of the first book, I was very excited and full of high expectations for Deviation. And I'm so glad to say the book did not disappoint.

I have always admired Ven's strength. Even though she struggles with being who she really is versus who and what she's expected to be, she's very determined to do whatever it takes to do what she believes is right. She's loyal to her friends and even if sometimes she makes rash decisions that make me want to shake her, I love how selfless and caring she is. She was never the kind of girl to put herself before others which is very admirable. Although I would have loved to see more of Ven being a kickass in this book and showing Titus who's boss because I felt like for the most part nothing really action-y happened. Good thing there were some twists and turns that the story took that were enough to keep the plot moving and keep me on edge.

If I just said that the book was really good, would that be enough to convince you to start the series? Because honestly I'm coming up empty on what to say about Deviation. I do love seeing Linc and Ven's relationship grow. Linc has always been protective, patient, gentle and caring with Ven and that still hasn't changed. Also, Ven grew a lot in this book. It's evident in the choices she make and the actions she take.
And as far as evil villains go, Titus is one wicked, selfish and despicable man.

There's a lot of conspiracy, intrigue and mystery that surround this book that would keep you turning the pages. Oh and how could I forget. Huge cliffhanger in the end! 
I cannot wait for the third book to come out and fall into my hands! <3

Haven't started the Clone Chronicles yet? 
Start it out with IMITATION (Clone Chronicles #1)!

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now. 

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met? 
Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Imitation reminded me a lot of Stacey Kade's The Rules. It's actually one of the three reasons why I decided to read the book. The other two would be because of that gorgeous cover and of course, it's written by Heather Hildenbrand. HEATHER HILDENBRAND. 

Ven is an Imitation. Basically she's a clone made solely for the purpose of taking the place of her Authentic, Raven Rogen, whenever the need arises. She's made, raised and trained to be an exact replica of Raven. I found this idea really fascinating. Ven is fully aware of what her purpose is. From the start she knows what and who she is. She's a product that only obeys and has no right to be anything else other than what she's told to be. She knows she's not human and incapable of feeling emotions because that is what she's been led to believe but when she's thrown into the outside world to live her Authentic's life, everything she's ever known and believed in is questioned and shaken.
Ven is an amazing character. I like her tenacity and her willingness to take risks for the good of everyone. She's caring and kind. And although she's not great at making sound decisions, her determination to figure out what's going on is admirable.

Imitation is a brilliant book. It's not exactly unique but the author made it her own and gave it a different spin. I love the mystery and intrigue that was present throughout. Also, although I'm not a huge fan of the romance because it moved too fast for me, I'd love to see what's next in store for Linc and Ven.

Overall, the general idea of Imitation is impressive. The writing is flawless and easy to get lost in. It's fast paced and would definitely keep you on edge. What I didn't like though is that nothing felt resolved in the end. Maybe it's Heather Hildenbrand's way of keeping her readers on their toes but to me the book just felt like it was missing something. Just when the book is reaching its climax, it ended! I expected at least three more chapters and it just ended! To have a book end that way is pure torture.
Imitation is a really good book that you could easily get hooked to. The ending left me with more questions than answers so I'll definitely be looking forward to reading the second book


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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. 
Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs. Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. 

For more information visit and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at Or find her here: Facebook Facebook Fan Page Twitter Goodreads Newsletter  

Other titles by Heather Hildenbrand:
Dirty Blood (book 1, the Dirty Blood series)
Cold Blood (book 2, Dirty Blood series)
Blood Bond (book 3, Dirty Blood series)
Blood Rule, (book 4, Dirty Blood series)
Across the Galaxy
DreamKiller: The Complete Saga (a novella)
A Risk Worth Taking
The Indie Author Guide: A Self-Publisher’s Toolbox

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