The Originals by Cat Patrick
Little, Brown, and Company
May 7, 2013
Hardcover, 304 pages
What it’s about:
Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey grew up believing that they were identical triplets. They are not. And no one can ever know. To protect their secret, they move to a new city and begin to attend school as one person, Elizabeth Best. Each girl takes a shift out in the real world, while the others remain hidden at home. It’s not ideal, and it becomes worse when Lizzie meets Sean Kelly. Sean is the first person to make Lizzie see herself as an individual and not just a copy of two other people. This realization leads Lizzie to start asking questions about the way they live. Her curiosity uncovers secrets that threaten all three of the girls, and the choices they make will forever change their family.
Why you might like it:
Are you looking for an interesting story with a romantic bent and a science fiction twist? The Originals could be just the thing for you. I like to think of this as “sci-fi light.” The sisters’ big secret is straight science fiction, but the real charm of the book is the romance, the relationships between the three girls, and the universal theme of identity. Do you ever think about how much you could do if there was more that one of you? Well, here is your answer. It sounds great in theory, but if you ask Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey, they would probably tell you it stinks! The mystery is not complicated, but there is enough suspense to keep readers engaged. This is a quick read with a dynamic family relationship, strong female characters, and a really awesome guy. This was a satisfying and entertaining read and another successful Random Reads selection for me.
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You might also enjoy Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Mind Games by Kiersten White, and The Rules by Stacey Kade. Happy Reading!
It’s here! On of my favorite times of the year at the library! Summer reading! Yes, all those exclamation points *are* necessary, thank you very much. Summer reading may conjure of images of being forced to read dusty old classics, but here at the library it is all fun and prizes. Reader of all ages can find a program, so be sure to stop by the Children’s Department and Adult Reference and we will get children, teens, and adults all signed up. Teen readers will have a chance to will a weekly basket full of goodies. This week’s basket has the movie Goonies and the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer, plus plenty of candy, coupons for free Chipotle, and much, much more. For a chance to win all you have to do is read. Fill out a slip for each book, drop it in the entry box at the AV Desk and cross your fingers. Easy, right? We’ll even give you prize just for signing up. See you soon! P.S. Adults, your summer reading is very similar-entry slips, awesome goodie baskets, prizes for signing up…come visit us soon!
Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.
- 10% Happier by Dan Harris is a compelling memoir about the anchorman’s struggle with anxiety and how his discovery and practice of meditation helped calm his mind. This book definitely inspired me to continue learning how to meditate.
- Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo tell the story of the author’s son’s experience with the afterlife. This book was definitely not for me. I completely understand why readers are fascinated by this story, but I just kept seeing gaping holes and major flaws with this story. I am neither an evangelical Christian or a skeptic, but this one didn’t work.
- Fairest: Return of the Maharaja by Sean Williams is just the latest installment of the Fables spin-off. I am always pleased to be in the world of Fables, but this one was more about Prince Charming than the leading lady. Not horrible, but not may favorite. I do look forward to what come after this installment.
- The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy is the final chapter in the League of Princes trilogy. This book was epic. And huge. And all over the place! I am sad to see them go, but I have to say, the ending leaves room for more…maybe. Hopefully.
I am so close to finishing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It is so good! I am about half way through Francona. It’s pretty interesting. I did not realize what divas some of these players are/were. I suppose that is just naive on my part, but really?!?
I just started The Originals and In the Shadows. I am still slowly plugging away at BZRK. Not because it isn’t awesome, because it is.
Posted in Book Lists, Book Reviews, Mondays with Megan
Tagged audiobooks, Cat Patrick, Christopher Healy, Dan Harris, Gabrielle Zevin, graphic novels, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Kiersten White, Michael Grant, nonfiction, science fiction, summer reading
Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.
Last month’s Random Read was The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder.It was not at all what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. Be sure to check out my review!
In June I will be reading #22 on my TBR list: The Originals by Cat Patrick. I added this to the list on November 28, 2012.