Just Like Fate – book review

Just Like Fate

Just Like Fate is the beautiful book written by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young.

When Caroline’s Gram is in hospital after a heart attack, Caroline’s life comes to a crossroad. She can either choose to stay by her Gram’s side, along with the rest of her family, or take up the offer of going to a party with her best friend to escape the building pressure and live her life. But whatever Caroline chooses with split her fate in two separate paths. And now she’s going to live them both.

Have you ever wondered where you would have ended up if you had chosen differently for something? Have you ever wished you could go back to that situation and choose the other option? Just Like Fate is a story of grief, love, and learning to live with the decisions you make.

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I can’t believe how much I loved this book. I’ve loved all the other books by Cat Patrick that I’ve read; yet I was a little skeptical about this one. Perhaps it was because it is written with alternating chapters of Stay and Go. Perhaps it was because Suzanne Young, along with Cat Patrick writes it. Maybe it’s just because I don’t want to be let down. Since the first book I read by Cat Patrick, which is Forgotten, I’ve always hoped her other books would be just as amazing. Thankfully, not only did they meet my expectations, they exceeded them. I think I should just learn to trust Cat Patrick. I’ve never been let down by Cat Patrick’s books and I’ve thoroughly loved all of them, this one included.

At first, I was worried about how the chapters alternating between Stay and Go would end up. I’ve never read a book like that before. It was a really nice change from the normal book. I got to see how one decision could completely change the path of one’s life. I loved seeing how the lives of these two different, yet the same, Carolines would turn out. Towards the end of the book, I got a little confused to whether it was a Stay or a Go chapter. Something happens towards the end that makes the chapters sort of similar, and that made it a little confusing. I had to keep checking to see what chapter I was reading. However, I really loved reading the different chapters. I think the story wouldn’t have been as interesting if it was written from one decision only.

From the very start of the book, I was grabbed. I really felt Caroline’s emotions as she was loosing her Gram. The plot was really intriguing and made me want to read on. One of the main themes in this book is definitely love. By doing one thing, Caroline meets and falls in love with a sweet collage guy. By doing the other, Caroline finally gets together with her biggest crush and friend since pre-school. Both of the relationships had a different feel to them – a different chemistry, along with different problems! The ending of the book was definitely one of the best endings I’ve ever read.

For the whole book, I was always wondering how everything would work out. I wondered if one choice would be the right one, and which one it would be. If it was up to me to decide whether I went to the party or stayed by my grandmother’s bed, of course I’d stay. I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t and something bad happened while I was gone. From the very beginning, I felt like the Stay chapters were meant to be the right ones. But the more I read, the more I realised the Go chapters were more appealing to me. I fell in love with Chris, the collage guy Caroline met early on in the Go chapters. From that moment on, I thought the Go chapters were going to end the best.

So when the book was nearing the end, I was so surprised to see what had happened. I had never expected anything like that!  I was so focused on working out which chapter would be the one with the best ending that I didn’t even think that this ending was going to be an option. But I loved it. The ending of this book was one of the best endings I’ve ever read. This might sound a bit cliché, but it was really inspirational. It made me sit for a few minutes to think about how this book has changed my view on always making the right decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. This book has changed my opinion of not only fate, but how I choose to live my life, knowing that no matter how many mistakes I make, I’ll learn to live with them.

Revived – book review

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Mystery, love and heartbreak… Revived is a beautifully written, stand-alone book by one of my favourite authors, Cat Patrick.

Daisy has died five times. It all started with a bus crash when Daisy was just a little girl. She can hardly remember the incident or being brought back to life. Because of that, she is one of the first to receive the drug Revive, which is currently being tested in secret. Each time Daisy dies, she has to move to a new city, change her name and become a new person. The only thing constant in Daisy’s life is change. But the people who she meets in her new town will be worth staying for…

But then what Daisy finds out about her new friend shocks her to the core. It makes her realise that whoever is in control of the drug chooses who lives and who dies… and it isn’t fair. But more shocking still, is when Daisy realises how this program actually was created? Did her bus crash by accident when she was little, or on purpose? Is the story behind the drug more sinister than she could have ever imagined?

I underestimated how good Revived was going to be. I started reading it without high expectations because by reading the blurb, I thought that Cat Patrick would be attempting too much in such a short, stand-alone book. Wow, was I wrong. I loved  Revived. I think it would have to be my favourite Cat Patrick book. I was enthralled in the story from the very first page. Revived starts so dramatically and I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages for the rest of the book (which resulted in me reading it all in one day!). Everything was just written so beautifully… I completely love the way Cat Patrick writes. I always felt like I was actually in Daisy’s position, living her life and feeling what she felt. The storyline was so gripping, but the characters in it were even more intriguing. The main character, Daisy, had an amazing life and I loved learning about her past and what she thinks of the Revived program. Daisy is just a really interesting person and I felt really connected to her. I felt sorry for Daisy because she always moved places just before she connects with the people there. But then we meet Audrey. Audrey is the first friend that Daisy meets in her new town. She’s funny, fun to be around, and she’s really caring. But then we find out something about Audrey that I never expected. I just couldn’t believe it! And then we find out about Daisy’s crush, Matt. Matt is really sweet, kind and dedicated. He’ll do anything for Daisy, as well as Audrey. All of the characters in this book were different and I loved reading about all of them. This would be one of those books that I would happily read over and over again. If you like the other Cat Patrick books, I’m sure you’ll love this book! I completely loved Revived by Cat Patrick and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read it or the other Cat Patrick books, I definitely recommend reading them!

Forgotten – book review

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Forgotten is a wonderfully written book by Cat Patrick.

London Lane is a mostly ordinary 16 year-old girl. Her only peculiarity is that every night after going to sleep, she can’t remember anything about her past. To be precise, she forgets at exactly at 4.33am every day. Instead, London has “future memories”, meaning she only remembers what she will do, who she will meet and everything to come.

London is used to relying on notes she writes for herself and trusted friends to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy arrives at her school. The new boy, Luke, isn’t a boy you’d forget. But as hard as London tries, she can’t remember him from the future.

The more time London spends with Luke, the more flash-forwards from the future she starts having. These bizarre memories cause London to start trying to unravel her past to unlock the secrets of her future… including why Luke seems to be forgotten from the future…

I absolutely loved reading this book. One of my favourite things about it was how London and Luke’s characters fit so well together… I loved seeing the relationship between them sizzle! All the characters were interesting, especially London with her unique life, and I loved watching her cope with her backwards memory. Right from the very start, Forgotten was beautifully written and it entangled me into London’s strange life. This book is written from London’s point of view and before reading it, I was a bit unsure of how Cat would write this, although I was amazed at how cleverly this was done. There’s an element of mystery to this book. I was constantly wondering about what would happen and I was pleasantly surprised with the twists in the plot. I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages because of how attention grabbing it was. This book really kept me thinking, and I guess that’s what made it such an intriguing read. I loved Forgotten by Cat Patrick and I would give it a score of 9 out of 10. Wonderful!

The Originals – book review

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The Originals is an enchanting new story from Cat Patrick, the author of Forgotten and Revived.

Lizzie, Ella and Betsey grew up as triplets. But in fact, they are closer than that. They’re clones…

Hiding from the government and forever running from suspicious eyes, these three girls must learn to live as one person. The girl they all pretend to be is Elizabeth Best.

Lizzie, Ella and Betsey go to school in turns, all to appear to be the one and only Elizabeth. They have been doing this for most of their lives. But then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly. Lizzie begins to realize that she isn’t just a clone. She’s an individual with unique dreams and desires.

But for Lizzie to be able to love someone, she must become her own person.

I found this book one of the best I’ve ever read. Cat Patrick’s books just keep getting better and better! All the characters in this book were very strong each had their own personality. In particular Lizzie, Ella and Betsey had vividly different personalities, despite them being clones. I loved how I always wanted to read on and there was never a dull moment in the entire book. It was also very thought-provoking. It made me think, what if there are really human clones living in the world like this? Even if there aren’t human clones now, this stuff isn’t that far into our future…  I found Sean a really amazing character. When he learnt about Lizzie’s secret, he helped her sort out her tangled life and was always there to support her. Cat Patrick manages to weave science, romance and the importance of being different all into one incredible book. I became really involved in this novel and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading it. I’d give The Originals by Cat Patrick a score of 9 out of 10. Loved it!