Author: Julie Plec
Publication: January 27th 2015 by HQN Books
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Provided by the kind publisher...
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!