Origins by Ilona Andrews

October 19th, 2018 Kimberly Review 31 Comments

19th Oct
Origins by Ilona Andrews
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Alphas #0.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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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

urban Aliens magical ROMANCE

Origins by Ilona Andrews has sat on my Kindle since its release in April 2016 and was originally published it in the anthology, Angels of Darkness.  Since I usually listen to Andrews, this got lost in the shuffle and in my quest for reads discovered it on my Kindle!

Origins offered a unique story with parallel universes, aliens and kick-ass shifters in a good vs evil situation. Andrews always impresses me with their vivid imagination and unique world-building. This novella is a prequel to the Alphas series with a paranormal romance vibe to it.

The story offers a romance, plenty of action and a satisfactory ending regarding our characters while setting things up for a series. Andrews delivered a dark tale that pulled me in with its science-fiction elements, off-world premise with unique magic and characters.

While this is a novella it had all the elements of a full-length story, and I devoured it in a single sitting. I found the war ridden planet and Karina’s new digs interesting. The whole Matrix vibe was cool and left me craving more.

I wish it had been full length to allow the relationship to develop. There were a few chuckles about superheroes and watching Karina Tucker give attitude to a man three times her size was hilarious. We see transformation and growth from our heroine. We also bear witness to the changes she brings to those around her.

Since Origins, was published in 2016, my question is this, “Why aren’t there any books in the Alphas series? If you know anything please pass along info in the comments below.”

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31 Responses to “Origins by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Teresa Mary Rose

    I have been meaning to read this author for so long now! I know so many people love them and I am such a sucker for paranormal romance. Shame there doesnt seem to be more to this series. Great review!

  2. Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Hmm, I’ll have to go see if I have this novella as well. Sounds like a solid read from the Andrews duo but you do have me curious about the status of the series. 😉

    p.s. Lex is going to be in Dallas for BB…I’m a maybe but leaning towards a yes. 🙂

  3. Anne

    I read this a long time ago. I don’t think there will be any more which is sad but they write so many wonderful things. Anne – Books of My Heart

  4. Sophia Rose

    I’ve noticed this one now and then, but keep passing it over to catch up on Kate Daniels, Innkeeper, Edge, and Hidden Legacy series. I’ve got their first Kindred novella too. Good to know this one was good stuff, too. I will get to it eventually. And, yay for one more off the dusty Kindle shelf. 🙂

  5. Lorna

    I still haven’t ventured farther than the first Kate Daniels book. I actually bought a couple from another series and still they just sit in my tbr. Glad you liked this one and I wonder why no other books.

  6. Lisa

    I am new to this site and found a lot of books to keep me reading. Any suggestions for the first book I should read?

  7. Angela

    It’s been a while since I’ve read this one. It was interesting and darker then what I’m use from them. I liked it and would like to dig deeper into the world too. Thank’s for the review!

    • Kimberly

      Yeah, I was in a mood and scrolling through books on my Kindle when I saw it and was like, wait I haven’t read that.