by Heather Hildenbrand


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ISBN-13: 9781482761283
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 04/03/2013
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player.

You can find out more about her and her books at

Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means "to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire." This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader's imagination with every title released.

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Imitation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. In a world torn apart by war and societal breakdown there are only two classes remaining...the very rich and the very poor. Of the very rich, one man, Titus Rogen, seeks to direct the course of mankind through discreet bio-engineering. The main character, Ven, is an Imitation or clone. She, and the others like her, were created to step into the roles of their counterparts in dangerous situations or even if their counterpart is no longer living. Ven fears receiving the letter that will send her away from Twig City and into the world as her counterpart, Raven Rogen. For to be called into action will ultimately result in the termination of the Imitation once their purpose has been served. As Ven navigates the intricacies of Raven's world and is thrust into increasingly dangerous situations, she proves that the Imitations have more humanity than the people they are supposed to replace or those pulling the strings behind their existence. Imitation was captivating from the very beginning. The book is well paced and questions regarding the imitation and the history of the world are answered throughout the book in very creative ways. It is peopled with characters that I both loved and hated. It was very interesting to see Ven interactions with other Imitations, recognizing the counterparts for Imitations she already knew, and to learn that she has an even larger role to play in the future. Imitation is the beginning of this wonderful new dystopian series and I'm looking forward to what it holds in store for Ven. Make sure to add it to your TBR list.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
Let’s talk about how utterly phenomenal Ms Heather is as a writer. You know when you fall in complete love, lust, and obsession with a series, it’s really hard to live up to, or past, that series. I am so invested in the Dirty Blood series (Heather, I did express my extreme missing of Alex) that I wasn’t sure what I was going to get from this series. I so totally should have known better than to ever even think about thinking something not brilliant would come from this woman! She is MAGNIFICENT in her writing skills, plus, I sometimes even can’t help but totally liking the bad guys! How is that even possible!? Well I guess it is!  This book is not like anything I’ve ever read. It’s a post apocalyptic story, yet it’s not all rubble and ruin. Things didn’t blow up persay, they just got really bad, and then the rich of course get richer, and the poor are almost all but desimated from the planet. Those rich are literary cloning themselves to make sure they are always above the poor. WOW! There’s so many twists and crazies in this plot! You would think that being rich and alive is enough right? Nope, not for these people. And the sinister way it’s played out. I am serious when I say I got emotional because things are just down right scary. This is a sweet and beautiful story, but at the same time it’s downright scary and dark, and full of things that you would never believe imaginable!  Ven is the clone of “Raven” yet she doesn’t quite know that until she is called in for duty. LOL I can’t explain it other than that way because of spoilers. I will say I hated right along with Ven! She is thrown to the wolves, and I usually love the wolves, so let me say vampers… I don’t like vampers, they eat people LOL hahahahahaha No there’s no Vamps or Wolves here, I’m just metaphorically speaking. She is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand, with people who are not so nice, in a place that is beyond believable! It’s amazing how well someone could capture they feelings of not understanding technology, when you know we all have that. Ven is such a likable character! You will love her immediately! Or I did! I need more Ven asap!! but Maybe some Alex first hahahaha Linc is Ven’s bodyguard, and he sure is good looking, and extremely good at his job. And even though you get that coldness from him when he is in business mode, you can’t forget those sweet looks he can have. I have fallen for Linc. He is precious, and smart, and wonderful! I will put him in my book boyfriend top list- behind Alex of course hahahaha! Daniel is…… damn, I really cannot talk about it. He is rich and he feels entitled, but without spoilers, that are MAJOR IMPORTANT, I cannot say exactly what I feel about him, except that in the end, I really did feel bad. :/ It is an amazing journey-this book! I will recommend it to everyone who will even look at me! It’s a fantastic tale of finding out who you are, and not having to be like someone else, and that being ok. It’s about loving yourself, regardless of who and what you are. And it’s about doing the right thing, even if it’s the hardest, most terrible experience and life threatening, because it’s the right thing to do. So, have I said enough… You should seriously go get this book!!! 5 AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL PAWS from me! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, I really wasn't sure about this book. The story seemed interesting, though, so I gave it a try. And I'm really glad I did!  I finished this book in three days and now I can't wait until the next one comes out! The story is great, the romance is great, and the action is great! I really bonded with the characters. As I came to the end, I was shocked. Mostly because, for whatever reason, I didn't know it was a series. It ended rather abruptly, but the cliffhanger has definitely kept my interest! Great read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story didn't end.  Between one paragraph and the next you find yourself reading credits and learn that the remaining 100 pages in the book is a preview of another book.  One with a lame and unlikely premise.   There can't be a sequel - the story line is too linear and the characters too limited to support that. Don't bother with this one .
DaniLove413 More than 1 year ago
What can I possibly say about Heather Hildenbrand that yall don’t already know? Just when I think she can’t possibly top her latest book, she goes and proves me wrong. The last book I read from Heather was DreamKiller and I absolutely loved that one, if you haven’t read it yet be sure to pick it up and read it. So when I saw the cover and read the synopsis to Imitation, I knew immediately it was going to be an amazing book. I mean after-all look who its by, right? “Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me. I wrestle with these contradicting truths most nights while the rest of the sleep.” First three lines of the book had me instantly hooked. Why you ask? Well lets dissect it from my point of view for a moment. Heather writes “Everyone is exactly like me” what could that mean? Well that’s the tricky part right? If everyone is like you they either A) have to be you B) or be the same type of you. Confused? Don’t be it’ll make sense later. “There is no one like me” obviously means the person is unique. No two people are created the same, or are they? Which brings us to the last sentence of the two statements contradicting themselves. How can everyone be the same but not? Got you spinning yet? I can honestly say I loved this. It made me think, it made me curious to see what this character was talking about being the same yet different. But isn't that how we are now? We are all human so that makes us the same but we all have our own traits, our own personalities so that makes us different. Unique. That is unless you’re a twin, then you look the same and may even act the same, but there is always something a small part of you that will make you different. Unique, the contradiction of being the same yet different. Mind blown, definitely! Ven is the female MC in imitation. Everything is told from her and lets just say that I don’t envy her at all. I mean Twig City doesn’t sound like a place I would love very much, but then living up to what she was created for doesn’t sound to appealing either. Well not at first anyways. It starts with a letter from Marla. The letter is like a death sentence, why, well because it means you leave Twig City and never return. Where do you go, what do you do, what exactly are you? It all lies within the title. You’re an imitation. When ‘duty’ calls you have no choice but to comply and that’s what happens to Ven. Duty called but the plus side of her duty detail includes the very handsome body guard Linc. Can I just say that I wouldn’t mind being in her shoes so much when hes around. Secrets. So many secrets. Will Ven gain what she truly wants? Does Ven and Linc become more than what they are? Does Linc find out the biggest secret Ven is keeping from him? And what’s happening to the other like Ven? What’s going to be Ven’s role it all of it and is Linc going to stand by her and help her? “Joy, bigger than anything I’ve ever experienced, surges into my chest. It is a feeling so solid, it seems touchable. If this is what it’s like to be human… and then I realize—this is what it’s like to be me.” This book is definitely a series so when you reach the end don’t be surprised, well go ahead and be surprised because well it’s going to leave you craving the next book. I know I am. I can’t wait to see what happens with Ven and Linc. One of the things that truly stuck with me is the fact that for some strange reason, this book almost holds a truth to it. The extreme possibility that this could very well be going on right now and we don’t even know it makes it that much more intriguing. Heather Hildenbrand, you definitely have out done yourself once again. I cannot wait for the next book to this amazing series and I’m absolutely in love with Linc. He’s truly amazing.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Though the idea of clones is nothing new, Hildenbrand has created a completely unique storyline, giving an old idea new flight. Imitation follows the life, or lack thereof, of Ven, a scientifically engineered “product” created to serve her authentic if the need ever arises. What’s different here, though, is the fact that Ven and her friends know they are not “human.” They’ve been told this from the beginning, when they first awoke as an imitation, and I found this aspect very interesting. Knowing your purpose is to serve another changes things, quite literally. The imitations have also been told they cannot feel emotions like love and sorrow, which further adds to Ven’s belief that she’s not human and, therefore, expendable. As the plot unfolds, throwing Ven into the realm of the living, impersonating her authentic, Raven, in order to draw out a threat against Raven’s life, Ven must make the choice to either fulfill her purpose or to fight back. Either way, especially with the kill switch in her arm and a growing love for bodyguard Linc, the going will not be easy. I really liked that, unlike every other novel or movie I’ve seen concerning clones, the imitations in Hildenbrand’s novel are not just meant to be harvested for their parts should their authentic die. Instead, these authentics know they’ll serve a purpose on the outside, and they’re trained in combat, are physically fit, and are ready for anything, because their purpose is quite broad—from total assimilation of the authentic’s life, to acting as an expendable decoy, to being used for parts, the options are endless. I loved Ven’s struggle. As soon as she’s on the outside, her “life” is thrown upside down. The constant fear of death and fulfilling her purpose, along with the close calls, creates much anticipation for the reader. I was extremely worried for Ven, and I couldn’t believe that Raven’s father, Titus, could be so cruel, continually taunting Ven with the threat of the kill switch—either die by his hand, or that of Raven’s attackers. I can’t imagine being in her shoes. Likewise, there is a mystery afoot. Who is trying to kill Raven in the first place, and why? How is Raven’s father, Titus, in cahoots with the creation of imitations? And, why are more and more imitations suddenly flooding the city? All these questions lead up to some awesome answers, twisting all we thought we knew and presenting a completely different picture, while some of these answers leave us with even more questions… especially as Hildenbrand leaves readers with a pretty big cliffhanger that left me yelling, that’s it?! This is a great read that I highly recommend. The writing is as beautiful as the cover. Four stars.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
The idea of clones being made by the rich to save themselves and those they love intrigued me.    The added bonus is that this book is written by Heather Hildenbrand, who I enjoy. Heather did a great job setting up the characters and the worlds they live in, and giving enough background.   It was a slow build to get to the true action of this story.  Once we got to the depth of the story it just sped by.    I was unable to stop reading and finished this book in one day. Heather Hildenbrand is an author that has never let me down and I know I can go to when I want a story that will pull me in and entertain me from the first page to the very last page.
Woodsever More than 1 year ago
Hildebrand is a wonderful imaginative writer with such skill....I've read books one and two, awaiting anxiously for the  next in this series!  I hare spoiler reviewers that give you the entire story.....I pass right over them because I do not understand who would do such a thing!!  I will say one thing that defintely stays with me, though, and that is I will never be able to ride on a motorcycle again without being reminded of this book! What steamy inspiration!!  Loved it!  Recommend it highly to adults!  It's not smutty....its intelligent, feeling and downright good writing!  A must read!!  I've read both books twice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was different than other YA post-apocalyptic books I've read. The book is about Ven, She is a clone, that was told she isn't human, and that her only purpose is for the person she was cloned from. If that person needed an organ, a limb, or anything else, that is the sole reason for the clones. I loved how different this was from other books of the same genre. Its the first book in the series, so it end abruptly. That's a little frustrating to me, but to be expected I suppose. This was a light read for me, it didn't take long at all to finish. I didn't like how quick the relationship progressed. Yes, there was attraction but, it went from being attraction to in a relationship. Or whatever it was. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they didn't go through a bunch of angst to get to that point. Because with everything else going on, I think that would've been too much. It was still too insta for me. Final thoughts, I liked the book, and I look forward to the next one.
pepperjwooten More than 1 year ago
Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand 4 out of 5 stars As I began reading Imitation, I noticed fairly quickly that the dialogue contained within surpasses the depth and detail of many books I've read and made me feel as if I were listening to each conversation and sensing the emotions running rampant throughout the book. Ven, an Imitation, was created in Twig City alongside many others of her kind. She is thrust from the comfort of the City and into the world of the Authentics, or as we call them humans. Imitations are essentially clones of wealthy outsiders who wish to have an extra, on standby, in the event that something unfortunate should happen to them. Ven is called to duty to act as her Authentic, Raven Rogen, the daughter of the very wealthy and secretive Titus Rogen. After an attempt on Raven's life, Ven steps in to lure her would-be murderers into the light while her Authentic is safely hidden away. Twists and turns galore await the reader in Imitation!! However, I felt as if more detail could have been supplied in regards to the surroundings and physical descriptions. Honest review given in return for free e-book. Meagan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was engaging and had interesting characters! Set in a dystopian future where the wealthy create doubles The Island, to use as replacement parts. The main character was easy to like as was her love interest. However, most of the adult characters were downright despicable! The action was evenly paced but the book leaves you hanging, apparently in preparation for a sequel!
bert71 More than 1 year ago
I love this author each book is exciting and hard to put down I again loved this book just like the whole Dirty Blood series only complainted about this book is that the second one is not out yet great book.
Fictional_Candy More than 1 year ago
When I first read this blurb, I thought this book was going to be slightly like that movie with Saoirse Ronan, Hanna. I was wildly and gleefully wrong. This book rocked! Heather Hildenbrand, aside from being hilarious in a previous interview I did with her (link below), is an awesome author and she’s made an instant fan. Let’s talk about the book, eh? Ven is a young girl with striking platinum looks. She’s kind and caring, and she worries for those she cares about. She has a strong moral ethic, and she seems like a generally good person. She’s also an Imitation, or in layman’s terms – a clone. She was created, not born. And someday her Authentic, the person she is a clone of (whose name is Raven, by the way) will need Ven to step in and take on the role of Raven. Well, that time is now. Ven is off to live in Rogen Tower with her “father”, Titus. I’ll get to him in a bit.  I love how the big fear in Ven’s life, up until now, is not knowing. She doesn’t know what is going to happen to her when she step’s outside of Twig City where her and the other Imitations live. She assumes it will put her in a situation that will eventually lead to her death. And somehow, she is oddly ok with this. And this is where Heather Hildenbrand is so fabulous. She makes me feel and believe that Ven is basically just a shell, even though my heart wants to fight back and say she is more. Ven’s beliefs are so deeply ingrained in herself that she believes herself to be ultimately temporary.  When Ven meets Titus it is not gratitude and love that he shows her, but quite the opposite. The man is a beast, and not in a sexy glorified way.  Titus is a titan with a god-complex and I instantly don’t like him.  I feel he is dangerous on so many levels. Turns out that’s for good reason. So here she is, about to pretend she is Raven, and she has to make it believable. She has only the basic minimal knowledge of how this Authentic acts – she’s never even met her. Amazing. And now she has a security detail, and on that detail is Linc. Holy wonderful hell, Linc is wonderful. He’s protective and he knows something just isn’t right with Raven/Ven. But there is definitely a connection between the two of them, and I think he is the perfect love interest for Ven. I love everything about this man. If you are looking to read something totally different, I suggest this book. It’s got some sci-fi, a touch of a dystopian and post-apocalyptic feel, lots of action, mystery, and even some treachery and deception.  It's a perfect story to keep you guessing and on your toes, for sure.  It’s not really a romance, so if that is your main goal I’d look elsewhere. There are a couple scenes that will melt your heart, but it definitely isn’t the focus. As for me, I’m anxiously awaiting book two!! 
TheSue More than 1 year ago
Great plot. Lots of twists and turns. Loved the book.
ACM More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the book by the sci-fi premise, not realizing it was a young-adult novel nor a romance. The premise of cloning the rich and powerful and training those clones to unquestioningly serve their masters was well executed, and quite compelling right from chapter 1.  I don't read much romance, but the romantic sub-plot seemed rather predictable and shallow.  Nevertheless, the writing was good and the first-person narrator was engaging and believable. There were some basic questions that the main character should have at least wondered about at least once during this ordeal (like, whether her Authentic is really in hiding or being held captive or dead).  The leads made a couple deductive leaps in logic based on flimsy evidence.  And ending is rather abrupt in the expectation that it'll draw you into the next installment.  It's not exactly a cliff-hanger, but rather a collection of plot details that are never resolved.  I don't mind hinting at an obvious path for a sequel, but that's not an excuse to cut the last act of what could be a solid story on its own.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Lovers of young adult novels will be captivated by Heather Hildenbrand’s unique science fiction and dystopian novel, Imitation, the first book in the Clone Chronicles series. Hildenbrand consummately builds a unique world of Authentics and Imitations, the clones. Using first person voice, the author tells the story of Ven, an Imitation, and her journey as a fill-in for the Authentic Raven Rogen, who has been attacked. Ven is an amazing three-dimensional character because she struggles with concepts of life, death, feelings, and freedom as she steps into Raven’s life. Adding to her confusing situation, Ven discovers that she has strong feelings for her bodyguard, Linc Crawford. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Ven’s character because of the balancing act she goes through as she adjusts to her new life. From the beginning, Linc notices that Ven is behaving differently since the attack, but he can’t put his finger on the difference, other than he likes the changes. The chemistry between Ven and Linc sizzles. Their motorcycle rides together are enticing and dynamic and their first kiss—magic. Ven is smart and begins to piece together who is the threat, which is a treat to see. She takes a serious leap of faith and confides in Linc, telling him the truth about herself. To Linc’s credit, he is fully able to accept the news, which makes him the best kind of leading man. Hildenbrand organically builds Ven and Linc’s relationship while at the same time masterfully developing multi-faceted storylines with jaw-dropping plot twists that keep you glued to your e-reader. A thought-provoking novel about what makes a person the real thing, Imitation will leave you needing to read the next novel in this series. I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story! Sadly, it's one I could actually imagine happening in this world! Creating whole new carbon copies of people who can replace them (or parts of them) if they are in danger. It's kind of like having a stunt double in real life. Except the clones aren't even counted as real people. They aren't supposed to think for themselves or develop their own personalities in any way. It's insanity! So when Ven gets her 'assignment' to pose as Raven during a dangerous time, she knows her usefulness is about to come to an end. Ven breaks more than a few of the rules that clones are suppose to follow, and she's so different from Raven on the inside that a few people are starting to notice. One of those people just happens to be a very swoon-worthy bad boy that make Ven feel things she thought were impossible. Definitely an exciting and addicting story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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