Then they learned the truth...
and no one else can know.
Now, to the outside world, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one seventeen-year-old daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, pursuing extracurriculars, and even dating.
Would need it even if it weren't Cat Patrick because that synopsis.
But it is Cat Patrick.
And I've read Revived. And Forgotten. (And I'm still madly in love with them.)
Oh, I want/need/really, really, really want to read this.
edit: Wait! This has a cover now? And no one told me? For shame.
edit 2 (the actual review):
Some families have secrets, some more shocking than others. Lizzie, Betsy and Ella's secret most likely more shocking than any secret your family's been k...more
Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me this review copy. No compensation was given of taken to alter this review. All quotes were taken from the ARC copy with means that they might be altered or removed in the final print.
After some time in a reading slump, I finally decided to pick up The Originals because I knew that this would be the ultimate book to get me back on track. And it sure did. Cat Patrick has this spectacular gift for writing contempora...more
Cat's sophomore (triumph) isn't even out yet and I can't stand it- I need this book to be published yesterday.
EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL on MPB: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/71339...
Sadly, the story had great potential, and I really liked the beginning, until the story went from mysterious, gripping, and sometimes-witty, to a hormonal teenage whine-fest. After the "love interests" were brought in, the story went from a 4 star read, to a .555 star read. In other words: very poor execution.
Firstly, the "description" for this book was not at all accurate. Becaus...more
‘Forgotten’ was about a girl who remembers her future, b...more
I really enjoyed this book during the first little bit, but my annoyance began to grow as it continued toward the end. I really liked Lizzie's voice, and her budding relationship with Sean made me swoon like I love to do in young adult novels, but there was just something missing overall that didn't quite hit the mark for me.
Lizzie is one of three sisters who are identical. But they're not triplets...they're clones. The three girls--Lizzie, Ella and Betsey--are being forced (by their mo...more
While I have a problem with every insta-love situation, I thought that this situation was ridiculous. I know you can be drawn to some people, but considering Lizzie knew her 'mum' could be in danger of going to pr...more
The Originals is a unique book covering the life of three identical clones – Lizzie, Beth and Ella who all live one life under their mother’s direction. I enjoyed the blend of contemporary, sci-fi and mystery, it is a really unique concept that I haven’t seen explored before in YA fiction.
The concept of these three girls living the life of one person, Elizabeth Best, was quite extreme, as they each split up the day into 3 seg...more
I hated all of the characters. They are completely unforgettable and two-dimensional. They only lack logic at times. For example, their mom supposedly is trying to keep them hidden as well as possible because she fears that someone is still after them. Their mom wanted to protect them from anyone who may be hunting them down because she escaped her old lab with her...more
In my experience with reading Cat Patrick's books, the concepts have always been strong in theory, but poor in execution. I will give this book credit for the initial idea of having three clones living as one person. However, the praise ends there.
Cat Patrick ruins any great idea for a book by relegating it to an inane, seen-it-before-in-every-high-school-movie setting with bland, easily forgettable characters. It's like taking Harry Potter and focusing on the Yule Ball for the entire...more
Great idea, I was very interested in the book, but it just had huge gaping holes in the plot and everything was just tied in such a nice little bow. The book only takes place in the span of a few months and in that time they manage to comfortably break everything about their life structure and just not seem to care. Really you've been living as one person for almost 9 years and just like that, oh hey, I think I'll tell this guy I've known for a month that I'm a clone. No...more
Characters are so flat that it's difficult to care about what happens to them. When will young adult authors stop thinking that music and clothing preferences are a shortcut to building character?!!
Mentioning Facebook and iPods? Way to shorten the lifespan of your book.
It was alright and I got through it pretty quickly - I just wish it had been written better.
Oh, and could she just not be bothered about Betsey having any life at all? I kept thinking...more
Clones, Lizzie, Betsey, and Ella Best have lived a third of their lives since they've learned they weren't triplets. They were a product of the only successful cloning hidden from the world. Every day, they take turns in living the life of one Elizabeth Violet Best; which was working for the most part, unt...more
THE ORIGINALS gives us three cloned sisters who must share the life of one girl or risk being "found out" (by whom is never clear, which deflated the tension a bit for me). Lizzie takes mornings and she and her sisters Ella and Betsey are fine with this arrangement. Until the day Lizzie gets switched to...more
Ella, Lizzie and Betsey make up one person. Elizabeth Best. They may look like triplets but they're actually clones living in hiding. Their overly
The girls are so use to their every day routine that they wouldn't even think twice about changing it. But when Sean looked at Lizzie in a way that made her feel alive and noticed...more
Little by little, it all came out after that.
And now, little by little, I'm starting to wish I could send it back to wherever it came from."
Would it be cheesy for me to say that The Originals was very original? Because it really was. The whole concept was unprecedented, at least I've never read anything like it. At the beginning of The Originals the concept was a bit disorienting and hard to buy but the author certainly made it work and answered all quest...more
The Originals was not the book I had been expecting to read. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey are the result of an illegal cloning experiment and thus must pretend to be one person, each girl taking their turn to live a third of the life of Elizabeth Best. If their secret ever got out, their family would be in danger. So you might expect a thriller with lot...more
4.5 stars! :) review to come.
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First of all, thank you to my fellow Pinoy, Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again and Pinoy Book Tours for doing this book tour. I love your concept guys. For touring a real physical books all around Philippines, even if it's just one copy per book, it's so nice to have it that way.
Honestly? I forgot all about the blurb when I got the book. S...more
The Originals is the first book I have read by Cat Patrick, and it will also not be the last. In this book, Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take shifts impersonating Elizabeth. See they are identical in how they look, however they are not identical triplets but clones, from an original. Their mother, a genetic scientist, implanted them in her womb and ran away with them. Now, almost 17 years later, they have been at this for several years. You all wonder why t...more
That pretty much sums up my feelings. Its been an age since I actually read this - well only like a month, but still! I just didn't know what to write.
I liked the characters, especially Sean and Betsey. I liked the plot up until (view spoiler)[the kidnapping and the escape that took all of two seconds! (hide spoiler)].
But there were lots of little things that annoyed me.
The overall concept was original, but had one major flaw which took away from its greatness: If Sean noticed a difference bet...more