Monday, 6 May 2013

The Originals by Cat Patrick

Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 6th May 2013
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

I glance at the three baby portraits in thick wooden frames.

I feel a familiar prickling on the back of my neck.

Because I know there's another picture somewhere - and the baby in that photo looks identical to the babies on the wall.

Somewhere, there's a photo of the Original.

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 our lives and exist as one person in the outside world. And we've always been happy.

But now I've fallen head-over-heels in love...and that changes everything. Because, to let love in, I need to be allowed to be Me.

Three girls. One life.

I was so happy and surprised when I received this in the post from the publisher! I think I screamed a bit. And a happy dance may have been involved. Ever since reading Revived, Cat Patrick has quickly become one of my favourite authors. She writes about original (excuse the pun) topics, and there are always amazing plot twists. Her books are definitely not predictable, which is great!

Usually, I don't comment on the cover of a book in a review, but this review will be an exception. The cover is interesting and intriguing and I think the cracks not only show that they are different people, but also the fractures that start to appear in the girls' relationships with each other.

Cat Patrick's style of writing is thrilling, and is always guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. This is the book that got me out of my reading slump, so it must be good! This story is intense, but also really fun and exciting to read at the same time.

In a review, I usually write who my favourite character was, but I'm finding that hard to do as the three female protagonists are clones! Other than Ella, Betsey and Lizzie, my favourite character was Sean, the boy Lizzie likes. When he found out about them being clones, he took it in his stride and it didn't affect his relationship with Lizzie too much. If anything, it made it stronger.

I wish there was a sequel to this book, because I'd love to know what happens to the characters in the future. Sadly, I don't think that will happen. Overall, I give this book a rating of 5/5. A thrilling roller coaster ride of a story that you will never forget!


  1. I think Cat Patrick is becoming a favorite of mine. I am so excited to get to this book one day. I loved her other two. I am happy to see you liked it. The cover is definitely noteworthy.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jenn! When you do eventually get to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  2. I saw this at the bookstore and I've been wanting to buy it since. Glad you liked it! Great review :)

    - Christie @ The Shadower's Shelf

  3. I had this sent for review and I'm really excited to read it soon! Glad you enjoyed it :)

    1. Me too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  4. I loved Forgotten and Revived so I'm really glad to see that this one is just as good. I'm hoping to get my hands on a copy very soon because it does sound amazing! Lovely review, Amber! :)

  5. ASDFGHJKL I was going to buy this book today but then I decided it against it! Grr! I am a big fan of Forgotten and Revived so I am looking forward to enjoying this too. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I must read this one soon :P Great review!

    1. You should have bought it! :D Let me know what you think.

  6. Yay I'm thrilled you enjoyed The Originals, because I received it in the mail a couple of weeks ago. And now I'm very excited to read it. I'm also in a reading slump so if this one can get me out of it, I will be truly grateful. I read the first chapter and so far so good. I'm really interested by the whole concept. Lovely Review Amber!