Friday, August 16, 2013

Fandom Friday: Imposters!

Rachel L is stepping up to the plate for today's Fandom Friday. She and Sydney Bristow might be good friends as they both love a good disguise. Grab your false nose and wig and check out these books with some serious under-cover action:

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good old-fashioned fake-out. I love books with characters who aren’t what they seem. Sure, the element of surprise is fun, but really it’s the deception, the lengths that these characters go through to keep up the charade that really make these books stand out.

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Becky Randle is an average girl from a trailer park in Missouri who’s just graduated from high school and has no plans for the future. When her dear mother dies, Becky receives a mysterious phone call summoning her to New York, where she is greeted by famed fashion designer Tom Kelly. He promises Becky to make her three dresses that will transform her into the most beautiful woman in the world. Becky soon becomes Rebecca, the world’s most coveted face, and as Rebecca, she meets handsome, funny Prince Gregory, the heir to the throne in Britain. When Prince Gregory falls in love with Rebecca, Becky is confronted with her biggest challenge yet: should she risk her new love and life and tell the prince the truth about who she really is and what she really looks like? (see our full review here)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Everyone’s already talked about how incredible this book is, so check out our previous reviews for the rundown. What I loved most (besides the alternately heartwarming/wrenching friendship and the vibrant characters) was that constant tension about, yes, Queenie’s real motives, but even more so, everyone else’s. No one, it seems, is to be trusted in this book, and that unwavering suspense is a large part of what makes this book so memorable.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie’s Earth has been invaded by hostile aliens who live inside of humans, so basically she’s doomed because she CAN’T TRUST ANYONE. Her parents are dead and she’s been separated from her little brother with nothing more than a teddy bear and a promise keeping alive her hope that they’ll see each other again. You find yourself focusing on one particular potential imposter throughout the book—a very cute farm boy named Evan who saves Cassie’s life, but also seems to know a little too much about her. But the real imposters may be those that she thought she knew, the people she thought she could trust.

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
Ohh where to start. Jeremy Johnson Johnson (not a typo—his real name) hears voices in his head. Actually, just one voice. Belonging to a ghost. Named Jacob Grimm. Like, from the Brothers Grimm. Anyway, Jeremy is a shy boy, who as you might have imagined, doesn’t have many friends. His mom is gone and his dad hasn’t left the house since she disappeared, so Jeremy has had to grow up pretty fast. When the red-haired and lively Ginger Boultinghouse befriends Jeremy, and maybe falls a little bit in love with him after eating an enchanted slice of cake, suddenly things start to take a dark turn for both Ginger and Jeremy until they end up captives to a sinister villain whose goodness was something they truly thought they could believe in.

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