Review + Giveaway: The Originals by Cat Patrick

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Originals
Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont (AU) | Egmont Electric Monkey (UK) | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US)
Date of Publication: May 1, 2013 | May 6, 2013 | May 7, 2013

Ella, Betsey and I look like sisters: triplets, you might think.

But that's not what we are at all.

We are clones in hiding. We split out lives and exist as one person in the outside world. And we've always been happy.

But now I've fallen in love ... and that changes everything.

Because to let love in, I need to be allowed to be Me.

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First and foremost, thank you so so much to Jen and Hardie Grant Egmont for the review copy. Without you, I might never have been able to read this fanfrickintastic novel. Of course, this in no way affected my views of the novel.

Have you ever wished you had a clone? I know I did, several times in fact, especially while I was still studying. If only my clone could study for that other exam I have on the same day, life would be so good. But we know that it's far-fetched (for now because I do have a degree in molecular biology *nerd alert*). In The Originals, Cat Patrick takes that idea into reality as Ella, Lizzie and Betsey are three human clones living as one, as Elizabeth Best. They each live a third of the day, the other two holing up inside their house being homeschooled with the same lessons the one outside learns. However, Lizzie falls for that cute guy in her creative writing class, Sean Kelly. But how will she date him if she's only third of a person? And her mom seems to be hiding something from them. What could it be?

I would like to applaud (and kneel and worship) Cat Patrick for this awesome premise. Like what Gabrielle Zevin's blurb said, Cat's plots are out of this world. After I read The Originals, I immediately checked out Cat's other novels and they were rightfully placed in my wishlist. Cat Patrick is proof that novel ideas are still possible and are out there. But lest you think plot is all The Originals got it going for it, you are most definitely wrong.

The characters were fully fleshed out. In fact, Ella, Lizzie and Betsey were so different and unique in their personalities. Patrick still took the time to put depth into the characters even if they were not the main ones. Cat also wrote yet another book boyfriend for me, Sean Kelly. Wow, his sweetness knows no bounds. I mean, I was in the hospital squirming in delight and giddiness. The romance was so good, I swear. It will definitely give you the fuzzies and the giddies.

Aside from the romance, the mystery of their origin and the their quest to uncover their mom's secret were gripping. I thought The Originals will be just a romantic contemporary read and I was proven wrong when secrets needed revealing, questions needed answering, people needed saving and the risks and stakes got higher. I was in for a wonderful and exciting ride.

Moreover, Cat Patrick's writing felt natural for the characters. Teenspeak! The dialogue wasn't stilted and had a nice flow. I also love the relationship among Ella, Lizzie and Betsey and their sisterhood was enviable. They love each other so much and understand each other perfectly. They love each other wholeheartedly and unconditionally. As much as I loved Lizzie and Sean together, I loved these three together just as much.

The ending felt like a whirlwind though and Mason was the personification of the deus ex machina trope as he comes in with all the solutions but I didn't mind it at all while I was reading. The ending was nicely wrapped up, with a cute little bow to boot, but it was perfect for this story. Gah, I just love The Originals!

I recommend this to all YA readers, especially to those who like contemporary reads with a little mystery and snooping. I also recommend this to anyone who's interested in the blurb because if you're into this type of plot, I believe you will enjoy this as much as I did. 

About Cat Patrick

Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.

As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters.


Giveaway

Thank you to Faye and Hachette Book Group USA for sponsoring this giveaway! You can win ONE (1) FINISHED COPY OF THE ORIGINALS and this giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY. I'm sorry, international peeps. I'm an international peep too so I know what you feel. Anyway, this giveaway is open until June 7, so you guys have a little under a month to join. May the odds be ever in your favor!

22 comments:

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    1. Oops, I think I forgot to change the prompt for the leave a comment entry! That was for Pivot Point. Changed it now! :) Your comment is still valid as an entry so no worries, Tiffany! Thanks for dropping by and joining the giveaway!

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  2. Oooh, sounds like a great book! I've been eyeing another book by this author, Forgotten, at my local bookstore. I might just get it. Thanks for the review. :) x

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  3. Sometimes, but I think most of the time I want to be the only me :) And I don't think the world can handle another me ;P

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  4. To be honest it I never really thought about it. But yeah I guess it would be kinda cool, SOMETIMES! But not all the time~! Great giveaway, this book sounds really good! :)

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  5. No way! I like being an original person, which I guess is the premise behind this book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Being an original is great, however, it would be great to have an extra pair of hands etc., to get a few more things done in a day! LOL Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  7. I read Forgotten by Cat and thought it was terrible, (sorry!) but I'm really interested in Originals and would consider picking it up! Can't enter the giveaway because I'm in the UK :(

    Charlie xx

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    1. Ick, Forgotten's bad? I read mixed reviews too but I guess I just loved The Originals. Hope you get to read The Originals soon and thank you so much for dropping by, Charlie! <3

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  8. Only want a clone when it comes to doing housework, cleaning, cooking, LOL but for being me I would be the one and only one..

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  9. Maybe.. I would be good to hang out and do stuff.. 'true' friends in my area are hard to find and im not close to my sister- so it would be interesting to have a clone!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  10. I think I'd be cool to have a clone so they can go to school for you when you don't feel like it :D

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  11. Yes, so they can do all the stuff I don't feel like doing and I can spend more time reading.

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  12. I absolutely do not want a clone! I've read too many scary sci-fi stories about it.

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  13. I always wanted a clone who did all the stuff I didn't want to so I could just sit around and read all day!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Maybe every once in a while, when I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, or when I really am procrastinating doing something!

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  15. I just bought this book. Can't wait to read it.

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  16. A Clone to do chores would be nice! ;)

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  17. No! That would be creepy! My family and friends would get confused.

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  18. No, I don't want a clone... bad enough I have a twin sister. lmfao!

    octoberbaby1990 at yahoo dot com

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  19. Nope, not one bit. One of me is plenty. haha!

    - Beckie

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