Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blog Tour: The Originals by Julie Plec

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Welcome to my tour stop for The Originals: The Rise created by Julie Plec.

From the creator of The Originals, the hit spin-off television show of The Vampire Diaries, come three never-before-released prequel stories featuring The Original vampire family.

This tour runs January 12th-30th and it will consist of reviews, special content and spotlights. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
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The Originals_The Rise_book 1_coverTitle: The Originals: The Rise
Author: Julie Plec
Series: The Originals, book 1/3
Release date: Tuesday, January 27
Format: Trade
Price: $12.95 U.S. / $14.95 CAN.
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780373788897
eISBN: 9781460349731
Imprint: Harlequin HQN

Book Description:
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?

  • An exclusive Originals cast poster to all who pre-order and complete the form using the above link!
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Review
Source: From CBB Book Promotions

My thoughts:
Fans of the show rejoice! I think you will end up loving this book. This is the story of how they got first established in New Orleans. This is how they became the premiere family in that area. It reads like an episode of the show and you get the full arc story without having to wait for the next episode. No cliffies here. None needed.

I did have a few problems with with the book but they were minor. I kept comparing the characters with the ones on the show. In some ways they were perfectly matched and in others, it just seemed a bit off. Not everyone will have this problem but I encountered it more than once. Mostly it was that I felt Klaus was too optimistic. Of course the events in the story were probably one of the reasons that created our self persecuted and cynical Klaus since the book is really a prequel.

I think fans of the show will welcome getting into the heads of the Original vampire family. That was probably my favorite part. We get a bigger glimpse into each of the original vampire's mind and heart. It also makes a great companion to a interesting show. I recommend it to fans and those that enjoy an interesting take on vampirism. I give this one 3 1/2 stars and I would welcome reading another episode set in this era. So many interesting adventures left to be had. :)

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JuliePlec_AuthorPhotoAuthor Bio:
Julie Plec is the co-creator & executive producer of The Vampire Diaries & the creator of The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals. Plec got her start as a writer and producer on the ABC Family series Kyle XY. She also collaborated on the CW drama The Tomorrow People. Her screenplay adaptation The Tiger’s Curse is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature @emma with Darko Entertainment. Past feature production credits include Scream 2 and Scream 3.
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Giveaway:
15 prize packs including: A copy of The Originals: The Rise and a copy of The Originals season 1 on DVD.
US/Canada only
Ends Feb. 4, 2015

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

22 comments:

  1. Confession: I have only watched 2 episodes of this show. I plan on getting to it eventually but I don't watch a lot of TV

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  2. I'm glad you liked it! I admit that I haven't watched the show so I couldn't compare personalities but I think that your right about what happens shapes him into who he is in the show. That sounds right away. ;)
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

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  3. I'm not a fan of this show so I can't say I'll be picking this one up at all but I'm really glad to see that you enjoyed it, Melissa, as it's always rewarding to see when a novelized version of a script is just as good. Great review!

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    1. I haven't read many companion novels to tv shows that started first, so it was interesting.

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  4. I have never even heard of the show until this one started making the rounds. I doubt I will ever get around to the show, but the book sounds good.

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    1. I thought that about TVD and then I started enjoying it. LOL So never say never. :)

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  5. I'm a fan of the show and I love watching Klaus' character arc. There are moments where I'm sad for him and other times when I think he's jerk. I might pick this one up between the time this season is done and the next one starts.

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    1. I know! I love to hate and sympathize with Klaus! He is a narcissistic enigma (say that 3 times fast... LOL).

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  6. I love the show particularly Klaus..he gets to me and I want to save him..lol.

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  7. I'm a fan of the Vampire Diaries so I read the Originals via NetGalley, and I loved it.

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  8. I really need to watch this show Melissa!!! And read this book as well. Glad it's a good companion:)

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  9. This sounds like a great inclusion to the series. I still need to watch the 2nd season.

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  10. I'm not sure about this one I confess. I tried the TV show and I stopped rather quickly. So well... no. But glad it was nice for you.

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  11. Ooh I've heard excellent things about this TV show so I imagine all the fans must be over the moon xD

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  12. I am reading this right now and I absolutely love the show.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

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  13. That's great you think fans of the show will like this one. Sometimes books based off shows don't work, but it's fun to try!

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  14. I only watched this show because the actors who play Klaus and Marcel are so darn hot. Sadly, that wasn't enough for me and I lost interest half way through the first season. My roommate on the other hand loves it.

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  15. never watched the show, but I am glad you enjoyed this book :) maybe one day ill get into it, i do love vampires

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  16. I love this show, and I have a love/hate relationship with Rebekah, but she is so fierce and vulnerable it's hard not to root for her. Thanks for sharing!

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