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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Originals by Cat Patrick

The Originals by Cat Patrick
"17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...

Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created."- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved Patrick's debut and have been meaning to read her second book Revived for a while, but I was glad to pick this new one up from her. It's got a fantastic premise like all her books and she delivers brilliantly, for the most part. I will say that the ending left much to be desired. I felt it ended pretty abruptly and too neatly; like I was surprised at how quickly the final scenes played out. I was expecting much more.

Aside from that, it was a good book. We spend the book in Lizzie's perspective and it was interesting to see her grow throughout the book and become more of a unique person. The romance between her and Sean was really great too. I loved their interactions and they had some good chemistry together.

There's some wonderful twists and turns too, with the mystery and suspense building up throughout the book to keep the pages turning. The reveal is interesting and not necessarily what I was expecting, which was nice.

Overall, a good read and worth a look.

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this book, I have all 3 of Cat Patrick's standalone novels and enjoyed all of them!