5. sij 2015.

(ARC Review) The Originals: The Rise by Julie Plec

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Expected publication date: January 27th 2015, HQN Books

My rating: 3 stars

Book summary:

"Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?"


Buddy read with lovely Emma from Never Judge a Book by its Cover

      I don't usually read books that are based on popular TV shows, but when I saw that there will be a story about my favorite antihero, I decided to make an exception and read it. Because, seriously, it is Klaus Mikaelson!

What I liked?

  • It felt like I was watching new episode of TV show. I was surprised by how much writing reminded me of the show - I could picture everything in my head and I almost could hear their voices. 
  • Background story. The Rise is great addition to the show and I believe that fans will enjoy it a lot, because it offers small flashback to the past of the most notorious vampires in New Orleans.
  • Fast, action-packed and fun. Once you start reading this, it goes really fast and before you know it, you'll read the last page.
  • Glimpse of humanity. It was interesting to see more personal side of the trio and, what is even rarely, Klause being in love. 

What I didn't like? 

  • Not recommended for people who don't watch the show. I have a feeling that you would be left with more questions than answers and that you will think that it is uncompleted. The Rise is the companion novel, great, fun and quick read that fans would enjoy, but I don't think other would appreciate it as much.
  • Cheesy and overly melodramatic in the end. It started good and there were all things I love about Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah, but somewhere along the way it took turn to worse and I ended more annoyed than happy. I was especially disappointed with Klaus. 

      Final judgement? Great choice if you are suffering because there are no new episode of your favorite show at the moment. I believe that The Originals fans will appreciate this book.

Happy reading, 
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
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Broj komentara: 13:

  1. Not sure I would like to read the book, I wasn't a fan on the TV show and I gave up last year on VD because I was getting tired of it.

  2. It was such a great buddy read for us fangirls. Can't wait to read the next one..maybe together?! ;) <3

  3. I actually really like this tv series and I am glad this lived up to it.

  4. I've wanted to watch the series so I'll definitely give that a try! I have a trial of Amazon Prime so I may try it then there if it's available... after I finish my Veronica Mars marathon of course ;)

    Faye at The Social Potato

  5. I don't watch the show so I don't think this would be the book for me, but I'm glad you were able to enjoy this so much, Glass. It sounds like you had fun with it.
    Great review!

  6. Never heard of the show so I doubt the book would work for me.

  7. I haven't watched the TV show, so I'd probably go that route before deciding whether or not to read this because it came first, and the novel seems better suited to existing fans.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  8. I actually watched a bit of Vampire Diaries with my sister but I never really watched The Originals with her (even though it seemed to be the better show). I am glad that you enjoyed this one and I am guessing it's aimed towards fans of the show rather than the lot of us who will be way out of our heads trying to figure out what's going on without any basis. :P

    Fab review, hon <3

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  9. Klaus is my best fictional character EVER in the series so I don't know if I would dare to read the book... (I started reading Vampire Diaries books and was disappointed, but the show is great. I don't want it to happen with this one too.)

    Rose (http://kljuczaknjigu.blogspot.com/)

  10. I don't watch this TV Series so I doubt this is for me but I'm glad to see you found aspects to like within in. I've been seeing this crop up a lot today so great review, Glass!(:

  11. I stopped watching a while ago and never tried originals, but nice to have a book to go with new spin off

  12. I haven't watched the show of this before, but I didn't even know the book was tied to one until now! I think I will have to dodge it because of that, but it does look like something fans will enjoy reading :)

  13. Oh, hot guy cover alert! You know what, Glass? The first time I saw the cover, I noticed the guy of course, and I also felt that it looked like the poster of some TV series. And then I realised it is related to some TV show. I'm not a huge TV person, and this doesn't sound like my kind of read, but I'm glad you liked it anyway. Great review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts



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