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.
Then Lizzie ...more
I believe this book is written for younger readers. I could a ...more
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
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
And while this may not have been as well put together mystery wise as some of her stronger books, it was still every bit as engaging and entertaining and all of her work and therefore, still a winner by my score. This really was a fun read that took no time at all to plow through and enjoy.
Until two different sisters meet two different boys. And they ca ...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
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
I know, I know!!! It's totally trivial but it's straight up my brand of humor at times. I'm sure a bunch rolled their eyes but it's clever! If you had to share an identity with two other people wouldn't it be a little awesome if you all had a connection to that n ...more
‘Forgotten’ was about a girl who remembers her future, b ...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
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
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
I was surprised but most definitely pleased with this one. There were obviously some major questions at the beginning of the story (the largest being centered around the fact that these girl clones were attending school one third of the time instead of living like triplets. However, the author did a fantastic job weaving the explanations into the story. She really covered all the bases there).
I love how intense and spy movie like the story got about midway through. Once the Elizabeth gi ...more
Lizzie, the ...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
As the narrator, Lizzie is the sister we get to know best. At the high school where each sister attends a part of the day, Lizzie is the one who is good at creative writing and not so much at math or science.
When she meets Sean Kelly and is taken aback that he really notices her, Lizzie’s transformation from t ...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
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
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
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