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The Originals

The Originals is a YA mix of contemporary and sci-fi by Cat Patrick.

As three identical little girls, Lizzie, Ella and Betsey believed themselves to be triplets – who wouldn’t?

But when their mother was forced to tell them the truth, the stark danger of their situation became very real…

To hide their secret from the rest of the world, the three now seventeen-year-old girls appear to the world as one daughter: Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey switching off throughout the day to play their respective parts.

First half of school, second half, and after school.

But when Lizzie is switched to second half because she is failing her math classes, since her mom doesn’t want anyone to ever look closer at the girls for any reason, she meets Sean Kelly.

He’s cute, smart, and interested in artistic things… like her.

And somehow he seems to recognize that she seems different than before.

He recognizes… her.

Having grown up as one-third of a person, Lizzie realizes that it’s not enough anymore.

Lizzie might send this house of cards tumbling…

Cat Patrick first impressed me with Forgotten. Then she blew me away with Revived.

Yet again I am stunned by Cat Patrick’s ability to meld genres to well – and create a wholly unique reading experience!

The Originals is fantastic, excellent, and very memorable!

Here we get a journey of coming to know yourself – to have a complete identity – but in an exaggerated way because of this odd, somewhat disturbing life these three girls have been leading.

Because of the sci-fi elements there is a vibe of suspense, of true risk. And Cat Patrick also so effortlessly gives a feel of a real bond between the Lizzie, Betsey and Ella.

I liked that we only followed the perspective of Lizzie, not each girl. I felt connected to her. There were humorous moments, romance, and a tenderness and poignancy to The Originals that is distinct to this author, to me, now.

The Originals was outstanding!!! I read it very, very fast and was absorbed every moment!

Bet you will be too!

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