I’m a complete sucker for all things Science Fiction; there is something about the endless possibilities of a world that really fuels my love of readiI’m a complete sucker for all things Science Fiction; there is something about the endless possibilities of a world that really fuels my love of reading. Origin is absolutely an amazing beginning to this unique story and world created by Corrie Brundage. After a bit of a rut in my reading lately, this was truly the book I needed to kick me back into my groove.
The world Brundage created is equally beautiful and amazing, yet; at the same time fills me with a bit of horror. Biologist, Dr. Mina Brice, lived a life dedicated to protecting animals in a slightly future world that scarily could be our very future here on Earth. Her scientific career brings her to Nigeria where she very secret and uncanny ability to telepathically link herself with animals brings her success in a mission to save primates from poachers and the increasing environmental issues the world is facing. Her mission also reunites her with Dr. Jack MacConnell, who is as charming and funny as he is attractive and sparks fly faster than a firework on the Fourth of July. That is, until she dies. Do I have your attention yet?
Centuries later, Mina wakes up in a lab, fully aware of everything that has happened to her and the man she had and lost. However, the future seems bright. Sure, she’s a clone and that’s a bit strange to wrap your head around, but this is a chance at a second life. Sure, there’s a totally creepy, lady called The Director who reminds me a bit of Dolores Umbridge without the cats, but what could possibly go wrong? More so, what could go wrong when Mina is miraculously reunited with Jack who also so happens to be a clone? Technology far surpasses anything Mina knew in her last life, she’s happily playing house with the man she loves and she gets to continue her work with animals. But, clearly something has to crack the shiny newness of this world.
Mina is such a likeable character and thanks to her scientific and psychological background, she actually possesses the ability to think rationally on her feet when things start to go awry. I really loved following her on this journey; it was refreshing to read a protagonist that didn’t make me feel like I wanted to rip my hair out over her decisions. I do wish that we learned more about her telepathic abilities, but this book very clearly opens this topic up for discussion in the next books.
Origin not only is a great first book, but was able to leave me satisfied in a way not many first books in a series have. I’m so excited to devour more of the series to see just what is possible in a new world that is seemingly perfect in every way.
How to Woo a Widow was an emotional roller coaster for me. There were parts of this book that had me misty eyed, parts that had me laughing out loud aHow to Woo a Widow was an emotional roller coaster for me. There were parts of this book that had me misty eyed, parts that had me laughing out loud and parts that had me clinging to my husband while he stared at me strangely (in his defense, I was petting him like a cat).
The first thing I’m going to say is: Ollie for the win! Ollie is by far my favorite character of the whole book. As an older family friend to the Hamilton’s, Ollie has so much flair and individuality that really makes her stick out from the rest of the cast of characters. It definitely helps that she one hundred percent considers herself a total matchmaker, so much so that her matchmaking actually gets her into trouble at the beginning of the story (her overall arc of revenge is the BEST). This book should really be titled Ollie’s Guide to Wooing a Widow, because she it the resident expert. Throughout the whole book, Ollie was a laugh out, eccentric riot. I’m actually considering going back to yoga because of her.
Throughout the book there are a bunch of different plotlines revolving around the Hamilton sisters, though mostly the oldest sister, Faith, and the youngest, Claire. Their middle sister, Ellen, while going through her own personal drama, isn’t a widow so she didn’t seem to garner as much attention as her sisters until the very end of the book. I’m hoping to see more of her in the next book as she has a lot of potentional and there was a SLIGHT cliff hanger involving her. However, when it came to her sisters, I was OBSESSED with Faith’s storyline with Max and his daughter.
I definitely related more to Faith than the other sisters, for reason I still don’t really understand why. I’m honestly a bit terrified of horses, I’m probably not too helpful on a farm, but I do try to get away with wearing little make up on most days and love my dog to pieces. While the reason for why Faith and Claire are widows is incredibly heartbreaking (cue: petting my husband like a cat while weeping) watching the progression of them both over time in all aspects of their life gave me hope.
My favorite thing about this book is how honest and realistic the sister’s progression into opening their lives back up to others was. While there was romance, it was delicate and slow building and at times left me shaking my kindle shouting for Claire to pull her head out of her ass and look at the hunky guy in front of her before some other bimbo stole him from her. Needless to say, I loved this book and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come next for the Hamiltons.