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The Pretenders

(The Similars #2)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  57 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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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Shelley
I currently have no comment on the ending.
Rebecca Hanover
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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):
The Pretenders (The Similars, #2):


—.。* 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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2019-reads, arcs
You know that scene in the office where Jim says that 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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Jennifer
I did like the ending. There was nice twists in it. Wish there was more to the ending.....
Alia
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn
The Similars and The Pretenders are the perfect pair! Emma has so much new information and a shocking revelation to comes to terms with. I love the twist and the humanity that takes center stage. I was so shocked and felt so lucky to get the ebook on loan from the library right away with NO wait, unheard of for me. If you haven't read The Similars, pick it up today and then The Pretenders right after.
Aoife
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ethan Kurzweil
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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A Sallinger
Rating: 2/5

As much as I liked The Similars, I didn’t enjoy this sequel. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, some of the dialogues came off bland and cringy, and I felt like the plot was all over the place—too convenient sometimes. There were so many scenes where I was like, “Wait. WTF? How did they get from here to there?” It was just weird, especially the transitions. I also noticed some plot holes, like when Maude hacked into Gravelle’s system to learn more about the stealth virus. I might’
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Kathy Locke
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in awe of this series! It can't be over! Mind boggling! Such a fabulous story of love, mystery, identity, and ethical issues. I loved it!
Lauren
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, but I found myself loving the first book so much better. I flew through the first book so quickly, so I’m a little disappointed that this wasn’t as good as the first.
Claire
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa Pritzl
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Jessica
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
This review and more can be found at The Book Bratz.

We received an ARC of THE PRETENDERS in exchange for an honest review, and after reading and loving THE SIMILARS last year (you can read my review here!), I knew that this was a book that I just had to have and enjoy. So once I came home for winter break and was able to settle back into the swing of things again with reading, I dove right into this one. So without further ado, let's get into my review!

As the summary explains, Emma is finally
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Laura (midorireads)
As much as I loved The Similars, I can't say I felt the same about this one...

While the first book was awesome because of it's "newness" (in terms of a fresh concept...at least one that I hadn't yet read), as well as a plot line that was not only intriguing, but kept me engaged until the very end - which was obviously a cliffhanger, because that is apparently my lot in life...

That aside, I mistakenly assumed that meant that book 2 would be just as good, and eventually lead to an awesome - and
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Thamy
If you're not aware, this book is a sequel to The Similars, and you will need to have read the first book to understand this one. We have written a review to it, so you can check our opinion in case you don't know it. Also, there will be spoilers of the first book in our review, beware.

We take off from a little after The Similars left us. It's a new school year and Emma is coming back with Oliver, but not with Levi. She still need to process what Graveller revealed and face the anti-clone
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Kristin
ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Having read The Similars by Rebecca Hanover and loving it, I was completely in when I saw she had written a sequel, The Pretenders. All my favorite characters were back and I was so ready to see the next step in their journey.

The second story follows Emma again as she is back at Darkwood Academy with her clone friends and some add on friends
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Teri
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Karen Voitik
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
>Book Review – The Pretenders
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 2nd in the Similars series and ends in an HEA. The world now fears the Similars and tries to limit their rights and freedoms. At the school there is a lot of prejudice towards the Similars. A new twist is discovered when Emma discovers the existence of clones of the Similars. The story gets real confusing as there are multiple clones of everyone and they are all together fighting. The plan to take over the world
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Angel Hench
HERE'S THE SUMMARY: Last school year, clones of the most popular kids showed up at Darkwood Academy. At the end of The Similars, Emma had found one friend and left another behind. Emma is hoping her senior year will be (mostly) normal, but the first meeting of the Ten guarantees that won't happen. There might be kidnappings and a lot more clones and some twists you don't see coming...but I won't say, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

HERE'S THE REVIEW: Unfortunately, this book just
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Nicole
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Maddie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gina
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brittany
I enjoyed The Similars more than this sequel. That being said I never considered not finishing. But this book is more suitable for young readers who like love triangles. A majority of the book deals with “Emma” contemplating her feelings for Levi vs. Ollie. The ending felt too rushed and chaotic. The descriptions and “Emma’s” inner monologue bothered me. The twist was okay, but nothing special. The ending of the Similars left me eager to find out what would happen but I was disappointed in the ...more
Zach Weiss
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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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