Friday, January 30, 2015


Pages: 250
Source: NetGalley
Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice. 
Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own.
In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . . 

Hi everyone! Welcome to my review of Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand! I was sent an e-copy of the book by NetGalley and Mark My Words Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Deviation is the second book in the Clone Chronicles, so be warned for possible Book 1 Spoilers! If you haven't read Book 1 and want to learn more about the series, check out my review of Imitation HERE. Alright, let's get started!

Deviation picks up right after Imitation with Ven trying to figure out how to survive in the trecherous world as an Imitation. I actually re-read the first book just so I could be up to date with everything that was going on, but it wasn't really needed because Deviation does a great job intertwining the major events of Book 1 along with what's going on in Book 2 and progressing from there. Ven is still pretending to be Raven Rogen and trying to figure out how she's going to free Daniel from Titus's grasp. There are new game pieces involved and Ven needs to figure out who she can trust to help liberate all the Imitations in Twig City.

As far as characters go, they all progressed in one way or another. Ven experienced major character development in Book 1 and in Deviation, it's just a continuation of that. She grows to be more confident in herself as a person, not as an Imitation and also becomes a representation, voice, and leader for the other Imitations. Linc is still the tough security guy with a touch of softness that makes you want to hug him. The romance in this book was great, not too clichéd or excessive, but enough to have a romance aspect while still focusing on the unfolding events taking place. There are a bunch of characters that really grow into their role in the second book with Neil, Obadiah, Melanie, Morton, Anna, etc. It's a slew of alliances and friendships that make them strong against Rogen Corp.

While I did thoroughly enjoy Deviation, it suffered a bit as a middle "in between" book. A lot of things did happen in this book and there were definitely some major plot twists that I would never have seen coming. Yet as far as how much was actually done, nothing much happened. Alliiances were made, plans were put into action, but the major events are mostly saved for the third book. However, the last few percentages of the book (read it on my Kindle) had a crazy amount of action that left you emotionally shocked and hanging. Yes, there is a pretty major cliffhanger and might I just point out that it only makes me more excited for the next book? 

Overall, Deviation was a great read. It technically suffers from "second book" syndrome, but not in a bad way. Heather Hildenbrand manages to make that syndrom sound good with all the intense plot development going on. Definitely recommend, and can someone please tell me when Book 3 will be released??
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About Heather Hildenbrand
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs. Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. 
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Other titles by Heather Hildenbrand:
Dirty Blood (book 1, the Dirty Blood series)
Cold Blood (book 2, Dirty Blood series)
Blood Bond (book 3, Dirty Blood series)
Blood Rule, (book 4, Dirty Blood series)
Across the Galaxy
DreamKiller: The Complete Saga (a novella)
A Risk Worth Taking
The Indie Author Guide: A Self-Publisher’s Toolbox
4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,


  1. ah, 2nd book syndrome. Well, the cliffhanger probably made up for it ;)
    Thanks for reading and posting!

    1. It definitely did!! No problem and thanks so much for commenting!! :)