Impostor

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Fans of the first book will be happy for this continuation of Vee’s story. New readers will want to start at the beginning so they can fully appreciate the journey that led Vee to where she is now.”
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to 2012's Slide, Vee suspects that someone is sliding into her own mind, instead of the other way around. Vee has the ability to "slide" into other people's minds and take over their speech and actions. However, she has been having blackouts herself, some leading to near-fatal consequences. Vee and former best friend Samantha patch things up after Samantha learns that Scotch, the boy who menaced Vee in the earlier book, has been spreading rumors about her, and they concoct a plan to retaliate. Everything goes wrong when Scotch falls off a cliff after yet another blackout. Vee doesn't know how Scotch fell, and the girls must hide their involvement in the incident. After a murder occurs, matters become even more serious, and Vee doesn't know whom to trust. Even as all this plays out, Vee realizes she wants to get romantic with friend Rollins, who doesn't seem to reciprocate, and Vee's long-lost aunt shows up and seems to be taking her mother's place in their home. Vee's on-again, off-again romance with Rollins adds some spice and uncertainty, but the major story here surrounds the mystery of who is sliding into Vee. Suspects abound. Hathaway manages to juggle a lot: Family matters, friendship and romance mix with the paranormal elements and the mystery. Hits the right buttons for mystery and paranormal lovers. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In this sequel to Slide (HarperCollins, 2012), Vee Bell, who is able to "slide" into the minds of others, is trying to recover from the death of her first boyfriend. Only Rollins, her best friend and potential love interest, knows about her special ability. Then something odd begins to happen: what she first thinks are just vivid dreams are anything but-someone is sliding into her and controlling her actions. Then two potential suspects enter her life: her Aunt Lydia, a replica of Vee's deceased mother whom the teen has oddly never met, and Diane, an older woman who suspiciously manages to show up just when Vee needs help. The situation becomes more dangerous when her mind is hijacked during a prank meant to teach a bully a lesson (which goes terribly wrong). Vee wants to turn to Rollins, but is stopped by jealousy over his new friendship with an attractive classmate. The resolutions to Vee's dilemmas are satisfactory, but leave readers wanting to know more about sliding. Fans of Lisa McMann's "Wake" series (S & S) will enjoy this evenly paced paranormal mystery. Like the first book, Imposter addresses themes that adolescents can relate to: insecurity, trust, betrayal, and revenge. Romantics will also appreciate the roller-coaster relationship between Vee and Rollins. The language and mature situations make this series more appropriate for older teens.—Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062077981
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 800,612
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Hathaway

Jill Hathaway grew up in Iowa and received her MA in literature from Iowa State University. She is also the author of Slide, the first book about Vee Bell. A high school English teacher, Jill lives with her husband and children in the Des Moines area.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers and Netgalley.)
    This is book 2 in the ‘Slide’ series, and kicks off 6 months after the end of ‘Slide’.
    16-year-old Sylvia (Vee) is still having nightmares about the car crash that killed her boyfriend Zane 6 months ago, but now she’s got other problems to deal with.
    Waking in the middle of the night to find herself driving a car, she veers off the road and crashes the car, only to realise that this isn’t a dream or a slide – it’s really happening. Flagging down a passing car, Vee realises to her horror that it’s a boy called Scotch, who tried to rape her at her prom the previous year, and he’s got her ex-best-friend comatose in the back of the car. Scotch offers her a ride but she refuses and instead flags down another car for a ride home.

    The next day Scotch is spreading rumours at school – not only that he had sex with Samantha (the drunk girl in his car), but also that Vee came onto him! Because of this, Vee and Samantha come up with a plan for revenge, a plan that ends very badly for all concerned.
    Worse though, Vee is still experiencing moments when someone else slides into her, her best friend Rollins seems to be ditching her for another girl, just when she’s started developing feelings for him, and her mother’s long-lost sister has also turned up on their doorstep for some unknown reason.
    Is aunt Lydia the other slider? What really happened to Scotch at Lookout point? Does Rollins really have feelings for this other girl? And is aunt Lydia really here to ruin their lives?


    I was hesitant to read this after reading ‘Slide’, but I had a review copy so I thought I would give it a go, and I’m really glad I did!

    Vee is the same in this book, a bit naïve, and her logic is seriously lacking, but thankfully the story made up for that this time.
    When Vee wakes up and realises that she crashed her father’s car ‘cause she was driving in the middle of the night when she knew she fell asleep in her room, she immediately thinks that someone must have ‘slid’ into her and caused her to do this. I have to say that for me this was a bit of a leap – she doesn’t even consider that maybe she was sleepwalking! Considering that she doesn’t know anyone else who can do what she does, and considering how long it took her to work out how to influence and control people while she has ‘slid’ inside of them, someone else sliding into her wouldn’t have been my first guess.

    Anyway, the story picks up and we have mystery after mystery, we have twists and turns, we have several suspects for who the slider might be, and we even have another murder on our hands.
    This time though the story was interesting, and it was gripping! The twists and turns were good, and I found myself desperate to know what would happen next! I loved how the story kept changing, and how many different pieces of the puzzle there were, and I also loved that we got a better romance this time too! Thankfully this one seemed to move a lot quicker too, nowhere near as much waffling in this one, and I steamed through it. I also didn’t guess at a lot of events in this book which was great!
    Have to say that for anyone who is cautious about reading this one after ‘Slide’ this is much better, I’m even hoping that there will be another book in the series, especially after the revelations in this one!
    Overall; a gripping mystery/ paranormal thriller.
    7.5 out of 10.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    It was okay

    I liked the 1st book better (Slide). This sequel was an okay read, still suspenseful but I thought it was a bit of a slower read and not as suspenseful as "Slide". However I couldn't not read it because I wanted to know what happened to the characters, which is why I always get suckered into reading all the books in a series.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    Sliding into other people's bodies, seeing what they are seeing.

    Sliding into other people's bodies, seeing what they are seeing. Now that's something I'd like to read more about I thought when I picked up my copy of SLIDE.
    Vee can't controll when it happens or who she's sliding into. Whenever she touches an object with lingering emotions or energy in it, she is pulled into the person that's it's connected with. You can imagine numerous unintended slides lead to a story with many short or fragmented chapters.

    The sliding itself was an imaginative ability to have. In combination with Vee throwing herself into the murder investigation this book had everything I was looking for in a book. Well, hypothetically. The crime case itself was only okay. The amount of details and background info were kept to a very basic level and I would've been thrilled for more twists and turns.

    No surprise at the boy front. Because there is a new one who's just come to town. And things are starting to heat up fast between Vee and that new boy Zane. Their relationship reaches its peak after only a couple days. And so their romance was on the average side, too. Can't compete with major YA contemporaries.
    The other boy in Vee's life is Rollins, her best friend. I always tended to hope for a romantic relationship between these two who had known each other for a long time. In the first book he's remained more of an inscrutable character but we get to see more of him in IMPOSTER.

    SLIDE is on the short side of YA books, with only around 250 pages. So consider IMPOSTER an invitation to learn more about the characters and what's behind Vee's sliding talent.
    Really surprising is that despite the story's shortness Jill Hathaway still found time to include deeply emotional affecting issues into it. The general story definitely worked for me, the only thing I would have wished for were a few more details and bigger developments in the relationship department.

    IMPOSTER comes along with a new crime case and introduces a very creepy element to Vee's life. Someone is sliding into her body and she is waking in the oddest places. Those incidents were so thrilling and I was eager to find out who did this to her and why she was targeted, I read this sequel in only a few hours.
    Just like the first murder the solution of the second case wasn't predictable at all. Jill thought of an original way to solve them, just the built-up should have been longer.


    3,5/5 ***/* SLIDE & IMPOSTER - An enigmatically good distraction!

    SLIDE poses as a quick read for fans of main characters with exceptional abilities. I believe the crime case was supposed to be the center of Vee's story but there was rarely a moment it held my undivided attention. Its sequel IMPOSTER that would've offered the opportunity to look at the characters' portraits, relationships and issues on a much deeper level continues more or less on the same cursory writing course SLIDE kept. Despite Vee's engrossing gift it always felt like the story was holding back and didn't exhaust its full potential.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    Impostor was not a book I would have picked out for myself. It's

    Impostor was not a book I would have picked out for myself. It's the sequel to Slide, which I did not and still do not plan to read.

    It's been a long time since I've read Impostor, but, even now, I remember my frustration. Vee's reaction to some situations or events seemed off or just didn't always make sense to me.

    I also felt like, the plot line with the mysterious woman who was apparently following Vee around for most of the book could have been a more interesting one. Instead though, she was forgotten by Vee most of the time (I wouldn't forget some stranger was following me). Furthermore, it seemed like the author had pretty much forgotten about her until the end of the novel arrived. Then it seemed like the author quickly slapped an explanation together that, under other circumstances might have been interesting, but she didn't do anything with it so it fell flat and cliché. Actually, the whole ending seemed kind of slapped together.

    I didn't enjoy the motive behind Vee's actions. It wasn't that I didn't think it was realistic so much as I just wasn't a fan. I didn't particularly enjoy that the author used the type of motive she did to propel the story forward.

    I did want to know how it all ended though, even with all of my frustrations, so there's something. But the writing wasn't all that impressive to me and there just wasn't anything I liked about this book. The more I read, the worse it got.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Great read...

    Loved book...looking for more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    enjoyed it

    Quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Fantastic!

    I loved the first book, Slide, and I was so excited to read this. It exceeded my expectations and blew me away with another helping of mysteries to keep me guessing. The twists, the romance, the ending, the plot- everything was perfect! I definitely think you should read this if you liked the first book. In fact, I think this one is even better! Happy reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    The sample The sample Only included the table of contents!!!

    The first book was entertaining and original but I will not buy a book with this type of marketing. Ebooks are too expensive to buy without sampling the goods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Does not disappoint!

    I loved Slide, and when Imposter came out, there was np question wether I would read it or not. I read it in one sitting and was not disappointed. Imposter is an amazing sequel to Slide. I highly recommend this series.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    Since I really enjoyed the first book, there was no doubt in my

    Since I really enjoyed the first book, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to read the sequel. And folks, it was great!




    1. Relationship Strain. Call me a sadist but I love it when their is a strain in the relationship. It makes the relationship more realistic and not to mention it gives me anxiety. Really, butterflies in my tummy. All I can think is,"OMG! What will happen? Is he really cheating on her? Is it over?" And yup, every part between these two only drew me in deeper into the story.




    2. Plot. Plot was good. I think with the whole sliding aspect, there is much you can do with it.  There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns that make the book interesting. There are even new characters that bring strain to the plot as well.




    3. New Powers. Well, there's not necessarily new powers but rather new people that have the same power as Vee. I really like and hope that in the future books, Vee will be able to get more answers as to what she can do.




    4. Mystery.The mystery aspect to the novel is a great part that any reader can enjoy. With drama in school and figuring out who murder the person, really takes the reader for a good read. At the end, I NEVER expected it to be that person. So yes, that took me totally bhy surprise.




    5. Writing. The writing is awesome. It so easy to read and enjoy. Your not straining your mind to figure out the plot cause the author makes it flow so easily. Instead, you can sit back and enjoy you mystery with great expectations.




    Impostor is great addition. Solid and defining, Impostor thrills the reader. A continuation of  action and mystery, Impostor is awesome.

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