Here is the summary from Goodreads: 17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life... Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.Sounds interesting, right?
What I Liked: 1) After a few books where I was just not finding the character development of individuals to be that great, it was so refreshing to find this one! Despite Lizzie, Ella and Betsey being clones, and basically being forced to live one life, they were beautifully written as individual characters. Each girl had her own personality, her own likes and dislikes, and it was easy to see that they all had a mind of their own. 2) Let's focus on Lizzie for a minute. Of the three girls, Lizzie is the character we spend the most time with. And naturally, she's the rebellious one. She was so much fun. I loved hanging out with her, watching her struggle to live the life that was being forced upon her, and seeing her find her own way. She's well-written and is someone I could envision being friends with (this is something I've come to find in all of Cat Patrick's writing). 3) The action - Okay, so this isn't a book where there is a lot of fighting and people throwing punches, or blowing up buildings or anything. But there is a lot of mystery, secrets, sneaking around and sleuthing. And while it's not fast-paced running around, it was one of the many things that kept me hooked. 4) Attention to detail. Call me crazy, but writing three identical (CLONED!) girls could tend to get hard, and it might get easier to be a little more vague about the details. But that wasn't the route that Miz Patrick chose to go. I thought the attention to detail was wonderful, and it really enhanced the story. 4) The concept. Miz Patrick always comes up with creative story ideas, and this is no exception. From beginning to end, this one was original and captivating.
What I Didn't Like: I loved it all!
Overall Thoughts: Cat Patrick's The Originals is creative, gripping, and entertaining. With the original and well-developed characters, the secrets and mystery, and a storyline that lives up to everything I could have hoped for, Miz Patrick's newest is a must-read. Once again she's hit it out of the park with her inventive story-telling. If you like to read, at all, this one will capture your attention from the get go and leave you thinking.
My Rating: 5 shots