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The Pretenders

(The Similars #2)

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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In this conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.

Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves—his Similar, Levi—is still on the island where he grew
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400 pages
Published December 10th 2019
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Shelley
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I currently have no comment on the ending.
Rebecca Hanover
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's almost pub day, and I am ELATED to share book 2 of THE SIMILARS series with you. This series has been a part of my life for so long now, it's a dream to have the second part out in the world. Thank you to every reader who has reached out -- every book champion, librarian, book seller and reviewer. THANK YOU.
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
The Similars (The Similars, #1):
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—.。* Quick recap!
Short synopsis: After discovering a shocking truth on Castor Island, Emma must figure it all out while also stuck in a love triangle with two boys who has the same face.
Read this book if you're: Fan of a fast-paced & light sci-fi.
You might want to consider it because: The romance plot was extremely way more dominating, considering this book promoted as a YA Sci-fi.

Sadly, my review of the first book
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Jackie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2019-reads, sci-fi
You know that scene in the office where Jim says the Dwight revealed that he was a double agent which allowed Andy to share that he too was a double agent and then wait for it Michael was also a double agent? That’s this book.

“The Pretenders” follows Emma as she works through the chaos that found Levi back on the island and Ollie home sage and though she wants to celebrate having her friend back he can’t fill the hole in her life where his clone used to be and when mischief in the form of
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Alia
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship-goals
Okay, the ending totally got me. I'd be impressed if anyone saw it coming. The few things that truly bugged me was the dialogue and descriptions sometimes. I don't understand why Hanover uses the phrase "I exhort" when the MC, Emma, is talking to her friends. You can just use "I say." Simple words exist for a reason. Or "feeling bereft" or "my words divorced from my mouth" which is fancy and I appreciate, but when you use it over four times within the span of 10 chapters, it gets old. I actually ...more
Aoife
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Emma and her Similiar friends continue to struggle against the crazy plans of their creator and guardian.


It happens that I've been reading mostly books in series lately. Lots of sequels coming out around now. And the more of them I read, the less I understand why publishers can't put a little recap in at the start. It's a year and a half since I read the first book. I vaguely remembered the plot, but the main source of angst for Emma the whole way through this one? No memory of it at all. I had
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
3.5*

Okay look, it's kind of impossible for me to write a legit review without spoiling stuff- at the very least, stuff from the first book. And I don't want to do that, because I know that I often look to reviews for both books before starting a series, so, you know.

I will say, I liked this one even more than the first! I thought it was twistier and more exciting, and I actually had no problem jumping back into the world (which, I admit, I worried about a bit because I didn't think I remembered
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction / Mystery
*Rating* 3.5

*Thoughts*

Rebecca Hanover's The Pretenders is the second and final installment to the authors The Similars duology. Emmaline Chase and her Similar friends are back at Darkwood Academy but with a surprise. Oliver Gravelle, who was thought to be dead, has been returned from Castor Island after being away for his entire Junior year. On the other hand, Levi, who is Oliver's similar, is still on the island and not allowed to
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Teri
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
With it's dark secrets, shocking truths, and political angles, the first book in this series hooked me, and I couldn't wait to get to the sequel. It also hinted at a very bizarre love triangle.

The things I enjoyed in the first book - cloning, clone rights, and ethics - aren't as prominent in this sequel. Instead, it focuses more on high school cliches and teen drama. Yes, this is a young adult novel, and those actions are to be expected in some of them; however, compared to the first book in
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Kat
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review the E-arc copy of The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover.
The Similars, book one, was a surprise for me because the cover caught my attention before the story. I loved the spiral staircase and it just pull me into picking it up. The Pretenders cover could not be any different than the while backdrop of the staircase. Once again the cover caught my attention with the dark contrasts behind the teens walking through. It clearly
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Kat
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review the E-arc copy of The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover.
The Similars, book one, was a surprise for me because the cover caught my attention before the story. I loved the spiral staircase and it just pull me into picking it up. The Pretenders cover could not be any different than the while backdrop of the staircase. Once again the cover caught my attention with the dark contrasts behind the teens walking through. It clearly
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Claire
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
The difference between the story of Orphan Black and The Similars is that Orphan Black is gripping and actually tackles the issues of rights and privacy, while The Similars grapples with same teen cliches over and over again. I already said my biggest problem with the first book was the focus on high-school drama, love triangles and teenage angst, and the same applies to the sequel. It's understandable that most of the subplots and topics touched upon in Orphan Black would be too heavy and ...more
Gina
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to get to read an ARC of The Pretenders as I loved The Similars. I had been anxiously awaiting the sequel and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! The book is very suspenseful and Emma’s strong character shines as she maneuvers her way with help from the Similars through the evil doings of Gravelle and the anti-clone sentiment from fellow students. Meanwhile Emma is also dealing with her own identity crisis as well. The love triangle between Emma, Levi and Ollie intensifies. ...more
Ethan Kurzweil
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely riveting and spellbinding - I couldn't wait to get to the end, and was shocked at what I found. It presents modern day issues with a very intriguing sci-fi dystopian plot-line all in a natural way that made me feel empathy for Emma and the other main characters.

I'm excited for what Hanover writes next! And I hope there is a third book in the series!
Lauren R.
That was something... I think reading the first one so quickly and being super addicted meant that I overlooked some things with my rating. I mostly liked this and could see why the love triangle was a thing, but I didn’t enjoy it. The ending was batshit and unexpected! Overall, this was entirely too repetitive and I don’t think the writing was as good, so a meh rating from me.
Jenny Yergin
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book, the premise was believable. It is a good duology to get teens and young adults talking about things like cloning, ethics, and technology. I don't think the sequel was as good as the first one. I feel like this one didn't quite flow as well. There were some great twists and turns.
Melodie Pennington
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something told me to keep reading, though I felt so *angry* at the direction this book was taking. The weird cavalier attitude about students at a school behaving this way (and not being able to chalk to up to magical debauchery, like a certain boy wizard).

That little voice was right. The ending paid of.
Billy
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD. I actually enjoyed The Pretenders even more than its predecessor. As usual, Hanover's writing is both vivid and fast-paced, and the twist at the end is a jaw-dropper.
Jordan
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, bookstore
I had high hopes for this book I loved the first one a lot but I don’t know I just felt like this book was just a little rushed the ending to me wasn’t satisfying.
Laura
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
The questions raised in the first book about clones and friends (or frenemies) are answered to a large extent here, and the revenge plot really ramps up. So much, in fact, that it feels over the top - perhaps another book, drawing out the reveals, would have been better. Still unsure if this is it or if there will be another book; if there is, I hope the constant twists become occasional ones. Having said that, the school and the originals and clones are people I want to spend more time with.

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Rebecca Hanover is the NY Times bestselling author of THE SIMILARS series. She earned a bachelor of arts from Stanford University in English and drama and won an Emmy as a staff writer on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. (It's surprisingly heavy, and has scary sharp wings).

Rebecca lives in San Francisco with her husband and three kiddos, where she enjoys matcha lattes, hoodies, and a complete
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