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Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  822 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?
My entire life is an imitation.
I am an Imitation.
I’ve been here five years. Tra
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Accendo Press (first published 2013)
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This book is entirely likable if you can excuse blatant dehumanization of those who choose to be sexually active. Totally. But I am not okay with equating people who are “easy” with being “meaningless,” so I did not like this book. It’s that simple. This book probably could have gotten 4 stars from me without that aspect, despite the author’s terrible understanding of clones and genetics. The writing’s not bad; neither is the plot, but the way the author tackles that “what makes one human?” ques ...more
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review:) Publisher: Alloy Entertainment. Available now!

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I want to love this book more than I actually do. My first reaction after finishing this book was 4 stars and I loved it! But siting her trying to review this, I find it hard. I loved the characters. I loved the setting but I just feel like I'm missing something. I needed more hype at the end. I needed something BIG to happen. I still find this book series to be refre
Sandra "Jeanz"
I received an e-arc of this book directly from the author, Heather Hildenbrand in exchange for reading & reviewing and posting my review as part of the blog tour. I received this at quite short notice for me, I normally have my reading planned well ahead, so this was an extra review to fit in!
I love the cover, it’s very eye catching, the girls eyes really draw you to them. The girl on the cover is Ven. I also like the font and the mirrored image/reflection of the title, as it fits w
Raven Rogen has everything. She is rich, popular and does what she wants, at least that's what it seems like to Ven, Ravens clone. Ven has to watch Ravens life everyday to learn how to be her if needed. See clones are only created for one reason, and that's to replace the Authentic when and if needed. None of the clones who where sent to replace their Authentic ever return so the clones know nothing about the outside apart from what they are allowed to see from the glimpses of their Authentics v ...more
Liz Wilkins
So here we go with another start to a YA series for me to get my teeth into – first thing that has to be said is I adore that cover. Yes I know it has little to do with how good the book is but it is what made me want to read it originally so is worth a mention. One of those books I shall definitely be wanting a finished copy of for my shelf…

We meet Ven, who lives in Twig City, she was not born, but created, as a double for her “authentic” Raven who lives in the “real” world. Ven’s job at the mo
Lara Girdler
I think we all wish there was another version of us somewhere out there that would just step into our lives when we needed a break – then again how realistic is something like that actually happening? That there is an exact DNA replica of each of us being produced, raised, trained, and prepared to step into our life when we need them most. More specifically should something cynical and evil be happening to our lives? Say a thread to our very existence, would probably ring more true to someone wh ...more
When it comes to books about clones, or sci-fi stuff in general, I’m more than willing to suspend my disbelief here and there. I feel like it comes with the territory and while some may like reading about the complicated things involved, I more than happy to just go with whatever the author says and call it a day. If the author says that cloning has been going on for a long time, I’m fine with that. And in the beginning of the novel, I right there going with the flow, but then we learn about the ...more
diana (chaotic reader)
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 fascina
Mallory Ann
This is the first book that I've read by this author, and I must say that this was really good.

Ven is an Imitation, a clone. She comes from a place called Twig City were she was made. Every imitation has an authentic. If anything happens to their authentic then it's the imitations job to take their place. Ven's authentic, Raven is a spoiled bratty rich girl. When Raven is attacked one day, Ven takes her place in hopes of luring out her attackers. As Ven try's to act like Raven she breaks more th
I got a hold of this book through Netgalley, and I admit I requested it because of the cover… I know I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it looked so good. Then I read the blurb and I thought Okay, this could be good!

I finished this book within a day, Its interesting enough to keep you hooked and the writing isn’t too awful. There’s a nice array of characters. There’s the typical main character, who is kind and compassionate blah blah blah. Then there’s the insta-love interest, b
"Imitation" reminded me of The Lost Girl, especially at the beginning.
Unfortunately, i found this one to be just as dull as well.

The one thing that really bugged me throughout the book was the tattoos.

Each imitation has a tattoo on their neck in the shape of a tree, with a number next to it.
I found it really odd how the tattoo was somewhere that could easily be seen.
What if the original girl cut her hair really short, just before the imitation took her place? It would be a bit of an awkward situ
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Alloy Entertainment for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This had a very interesting concept, what with clones being made and kept in handy for whenever they are needed. Ven is one of them, and she is called into action after someone attacks her original. While it is not exactly explored, the idea that clones are not that identical to their 'originals' (genotype does not equal phenotype) is present throughout the book.

While I thought
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley.

The concept of Imitation was intriguing and captured my interest immediately. The story is well-written with a straight-forward plot, and Ven is a likable protagonist. The plot started a little slowly for me, and left me wondering why Ven’s training had such a large gap when it came to Raven’s obvious penchant for – *ahem* – boys. It would seem that this alone would’ve “outted” her as a clone. There were several thing
I was very excited to read this novel. The cover is striking. I am also fascinated by the concept of human cloning. The beginning of this book was very promising. Ven gets called to duty to impersonate her Authentic, Raven Rogen. Raven has been the victim of a kidnapping attempt and they call Ven to impersonate her until they can find the attackers. I know a book about cloning isn't really supposed to be realistic, but there were just so many issues with this plot. First of all, Raven had a boyf ...more
Erin Arkin
Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand is the first book in the Clone Chronicles series and I have to say that once I dove into this story I was hooked! The pacing was great, the characters were interesting, and the story kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.

Ven is a clone of Raven Rogen and has been raised to replace her “authentic” if and when the need ever arises. When the time does come that Ven is called to step into her authentic’s shoes, she realizes that things aren’
In Ven's world, nothing is as it seems. She's an Imitation, a backup for her Authentic, whether as a stand-in, potential surrogate mother or even as organ donor, so when she's called to duty she doesn't know what to expect. All she knows is that her job is to obey, her mission to serve... matter what the cost to her.

This isn't your typical "cloning" book, and I could easily see a version of this targeted at the adult thriller market, but within it Ven experiences the same identity crises as any
Tori (InToriLex)
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*This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

"To live beyond death, if only in the hearts of loved ones. It's contagious, the concept that death isn't really the end. "

I started this book skeptical, the premise is similar to the movie The Island. The conflict, experience, and morality of clones has been explored many times, in many mediums. I liked the story I was interested and engaged right away and through most of the book
This is a book I've received from net galley for a honest review. This is a 3.80 for me. My issues were that it did have a bit of the instant love. If this novel was longer the writer could have developed the relationship more between Ven and her love interest so that it would have been more realistic. Also the writer wrote extremely little on the cloning and genetics portion of this story. The actual process is unclear however I believe this could be discussed in a sequel and if she doesn't I d ...more
Meh. It was OK, but not good enough to keep me interested enough to want to read the next book. This one took what felt like forever to get through. I got hung up on the practicalities. If the people with clones never get filmed when they're in private, how are the clones supposed to take over for them in private? Also apparently the clone came to awareness at the biological age of 12 or so? How does basic childhood brain (and body) development happen? It's implied that the bodyguard had at leas ...more
K.M. Montemayor
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
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.

It's been a while since I've read science fiction, and this was a great book to get into the genre again.

In Ven's world, there are two types of people: Authentics and Imitations. Ven is the latter, created [cloned] in "Twig City" for the purpose of covering for an Authentic when needed. When she is assigned to act in the place of Raven Rogen, and is put out into the real world for the very first time in her life, she faces challenges that she have
Tia ~ Everything is possible, the impossible just takes longer ~
Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.58 of 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Page Count: 272


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
Recommend: There are better novels which use the same premise.

I think the original blurb is powerful, but very misleading. I’ve tried to amend it in my own description.

Ven is a clone of a wealthy daughter, Raven Rogen, and is kept in a facility far away from real life. She’s seen snippets of the girl whose body she was cloned from, enough to mimic the way she walks, but knows very little about her life. When Raven is attacked, Ven is thrust into real life to take Raven’s place and become the new
This review is also posted on my blog,Book Buddies PH and on Netgalley, as well.



Imitation reminds me of Starters by Lissa Price, which I loved also. I found them similar in some ways except that in Imitation, there's a place full of Imitations and if something happens to their Authentic in the real world (where real humans live), the Imitations get to live the life of their Authentic, if ordered by the big boss. While in Starters, the older people gets to rent
Melissa Custer
Ven is a clone, a "Imitation", of the "Authentic" Raven. She is to move out of her town and move in to the role of her Authentic, to help fish out the people who are after Raven. She has to act like her, dress like her, learn everything about her and her circle. She finds out that her role is a party, "promiscuous" girl, who is self centered. A total opposite of her own personality. Her dad... a butt head..... threatens her to act her role or she will be terminated. She endures attacks, trying ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Heather Hildenbrand NEVER EVER ceases to amaze me! Good she can write like no one's business and keep you at the edge of your seat wanting no needing more and more. The world she creates in Imitation had me on the edge of my seat thinking lord this could be true some day. As I was turning the pages of my Kindle Fire I found myself saying holy cow could this really be happening? Could these people really create life just to replace another one. Clones scare me and the whole let do the freeze a pe ...more
Amy Dark Night Reads

Another great story by author Heather Hildenbrand. Heather's recent writing Imitation, has brought us to the world of clones or Imitations. Her storytelling in this book is addicting and pulls you in on page one. Unlike anything I have ever seen, this is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time. Even though this is a YA book, Heather has the unique ability to attract both YA and Adult readers with her books. Imitation is filled with action ad
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Ven is an imitation – a duplicate of another person. Ven is kept in a lab, until her Authentic needs her – an attempt has been made on her life, and her father wants Ven to take over Raven’s life until the threat is no longer, even if this means that Ven is killed in Raven’s place.
Can Ven really step into Raven’s shoes? Does she really want to do it? And will she ever have a life of her own?

This was an okay story, but it just didn’t hold my attention at all.

Dani Morales
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. Th
“Everyone is exactly like me. No one is exactly like me.” In the book Imitation everyone has an imitation of themselves, but the thing is the only time they come out is when their authentic is in trouble and they need to go into hiding, and that's when their imitation takes their place. After their assignment is over there is no need for the imitation any longer so they will be terminated.

Ven is an imitation of a very rich and famous girl named Raven, and when people start to come after Raven, V
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