Published by Inter Mix on April 19, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
This is a novella which was originally part of an anthology, Angels of Darkness, released in October 4, 2011 by Berkley. Origins was just released on its own. I polished it off in a couple of hours.
As one would expect, something by Ilona Andrews would be well-written enough to hold attention. This was tense and somewhat fast-moving. As with any new world, there were the details to learn and understand. I often take the feel of the main character. Karina was brave and smart; I think she was unrealistically so. I couldn’t believe she could manage so much of what she did. I felt more confused and unsettled, than caring, amused, enlightened or uplifted.
It went too fast and ended too quickly to get me any farther. There’s a whole, wide world there and the surface is so barely scratched. I don’t know much and I’m not sure I care enough about the characters to read more. I DO care enough about this author, so I couldn’t help wondering if there will be more. My recommendation would be to wait and see if there will be more. It’s not quite enough on its own. I found an answer on Goodreads – Ask the Author – where it says they won’t write more since it was too dark, too scary, not funny enough, and most of their readers didn’t like it.