Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: Alpha: Origins

Author Ilona Andres
Format e-book
Print Length 157 pages
Publisher InterMix
Published April 19, 2016

From Ilona Andrews—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic Shifts and
the Kate Daniels novels—comes a stark, seductive tale of a world torn asunder by supernatural gifts and irresistible passions...

Karina Tucker is driving a van of children home from a field trip when an unplanned detour to a seemingly ordinary rest stop changes her life. There, she witnesses a world beyond humanity’s sight, of frightful powers and chaos, where she is in death’s grip... before an irresistibly dangerous male saves her—only to take her captive.

For she is a rare commodity in the shadowy realm she’s entered.

Karina soon finds herself caught in a violent civil war where those with inhuman powers strive to destroy each other without mercy. And it becomes all too clear that she must make a choice: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of her own destiny and fight for survival against impossible odds.

Alphas: Origins originally appeared in Angels of Darkness. 

My Opinion

Karina and her daughter become citizens of a strange society. One tasked with the protection of all humanity. Their citizenship based off of coercion. She was a chaperon of several children in her daughter’s class. One potty break and several demons later, she is poisoned and given an option become a donor or die. Well, there is not much of a choice there. A donor means that she will be a chew toy for Lucas. Her blood counteracts the venom in his. Lucas is human and then some. As she assimilates into this new culture, she must determine who to trust and who to stay away from.

Lucas is a guy that I can like. He was given a raw deal out of life. Yet, he will do what he must to protect humanity, to follow the Mandate. He is the most feared of his kind- the strongest, the deadliest. The folks around him treat him like the plague and yet he is what keeps them alive. He tries to take care of Karina the best he can, even protecting Emily. He knows he is dangerous, even tells Karina as much. Yet, he physically needs what her body offers (not sexual) to survive. He is attracted to her but tries to keep his distance.

Karina is a whole ball of what? She is a momma and so I get the whole momma bear coming out. She will do anything to protect her daughter. She seems strong and capable, yet I don’t know. There is something I don’t like about her- not sure what it is. I did like that she sees the humanity in Lucas and all that he has suffered to help keep everyone safe.

Alpha: Origins is a dark story. It is not for the weak of heart or those that want a romantic love. There is the potential for romance I just didn’t buy into it. I do wonder where it is going so I will probably read the next one in the series.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “As long as we exist, you survive”

Other People

Emily- Karina’s daughter
Arthur- Leader, Wither type 7
Daniel- Lucas’ brother (most despised)
Henry- mind bender (least trusted)

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