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

Title: The Rise (The Originals #1)
Author: Julie Plec
Publication: January 27th 2015 by HQN Books
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Provided by the kind publisher...

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?

4/5 Oscars: Really Liked It

     The Originals is one of my favorite TV shows that I watch quite regularly. The thrill, suspense and the romance keep me on the edge of my seat. And having the chance to review this book based on the show was such a delight!
     Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah Mikaelson are trying to settle down in New Orleans, but it is proving to be harder than expected. None of the other supernatural kinds accept them and enemies spring out from every corner. Elijah tries to secure the fate of his family with the help of a witch, Rebekah is trying to find out what the humans are occupied with, and Klaus cannot help but fall in love with the eccentric witch, Vivianne. Nothing will turn out as expected for the three, and their family ties will be tested to the extremes.
     It was wonderful reading about the Mikaelson family because I felt like I know so much about them already, but much of their history and background is still a mystery. It was refreshing being able to envision these characters in my mind's eye with the actors' faces and it made the story more vivid. It made me connect with the characters on a much deeper level.
     The characters are this book's strong suit. Klaus is as reckless and random as ever. His emotions take control of him, even though he doesn't want to admit it. Elijah is the level-headed thinker with a heart of gold. He will always be my favorite character, in the book and the show. Rebekah is a hopeless romantic, she thinks with her heart, and trusts people so soon that it gets her in trouble but she really has a beautiful soul. (are vampires supposed to have souls?!)
     Altogether, this book was much better than I expected it would be. It is a love story, with a touch of suspense and action. I cannot wait to read more from Julie Plec, she definitely knows what she's doing!