This Chick Read- Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews

Alphas: Origins will be released in April 2016 as a single short story, but if you don’t want to wait, you can read it in the short story anthology Angels and Demons, with Nalini Singh as the headliner.

The synopsis below is from

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.

I read this book for the second time this week.  As with their novel Sweep In Peace (you can read my review This Chick Read- Ilona Andrews Sweep in Peace), I was completely immersed in the world Andrews created.  Unlike Sweep in Peace, I’m not sure I’d want to live in this world of monsters.  Karina, the main protagonist, finds herself trapped in another world with her daughter, and her only currency to keep them safe is to provide sustenance for Lucas.  Yep, she’s food.  This novella is maybe a 100 pages, but Andrews does a great job of introducing the reader to a new world, and its hierarchies, while at the same time developing these characters so that you come to care what happens to them.  Even the beast.  It reads as a mini thriller, with the level of tension amping up as the story unfolded.  I would really like to see this as a full length novel, and I hope that’s their intention with releasing this story again.  It’s well worth the read, but save yourselves a couple bucks by checking out Angels and Demons on your Overdrive app or picking it up at a used bookstore.


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