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The Rise (The Originals #1)

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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 f
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by HQN Books (first published 2015)
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘‘You may be closer than ever to finding us some quaint little hovel, brother, and Rebekah may still win us an army. But I’m building us an empire.’’ - Klaus


I loved this book. And, believe it or not, it is not only because of the fascinating and worth analyzing anti-hero that is Klaus. Although, it is relatively a challenge to analyze someone that is already analyzing everyone and everything. Reminds me of how Holden, from The Catcher in the Rye, does that too, throughout the book. Klaus and H
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Buddy read with Emma
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
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tvandmovies, vampires
The Originals finale:


This is why we can't have nice things, Julie Plec.

Beware, spoilers.

Klaus and Caroline are living their best life in Europe, you can fight me on this and I'll win.



A part of me has always known you weren't the villain in my story.

Klaus was never the villain in Caroline's story. We been knew.

Let's talk about that ending... WTF was that?

Julie Plec is the villain of Klaus's story.
Julie Plec is the villain
A slow uninteresting start but quickly grew in interest and action.
The Originals, seem to have been cursed with epic unhappiness. Their father hunts them considering them abominations that must be ended. Their lives are endless battles spent running from hunters and other forces that hate them. This is a story that proves immortality is not a sure bet for a happy life.
Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah, search for a place to call home a place to belong. They have been in New Orleans for almost 10 years a
Claire Robinson
3 - "We will always have one another. We will always have family." Stars.

I have seen several seasons of The Vampire Diaries (and read, as well as preferred the original books the show was derived from). So when I saw The Originals: The Rise pop up on Netgalley I thought I would give it a go, I love a good Vampire saga, and having not seen any of the TV show my opinions are based solely on the book itself.

Something new had come to New Orleans, and the night would never be safe again.

The book give
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

This started off okay, but I lost interest.

First off, I obviously didn’t pay that much attention to the cover of this one, because I had no idea that this was anything to do with the Vampire Diaries until I started reading it. I haven’t read the Vampire Diaries series for years, and I only remember it being okay.

Anyway, I just got bored by this. I didn’t care wha
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
3,5 Stars!
I'll simply start with that: how can someone not like Klaus? He is the ultimate anti-hero, he pontificates everything we hate to love, he analyzes all in such a way that is practically unthinkable not to feel the charm he exudes. But i can't lie, Elijah did it for me.

The whole book had a very show-like feeling, i even pictured it as a new episode and that was very good, mostly because the characters were genuine and true to what we know and love.

The storyline was also viewer-friendly a
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
The year is 1722. Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah have fled, from Mikael their father who is hell bent on killing them, to the new world. They try in New Orleans to build up a new life and have the past nine years lying low not really being able to settle in a town that is ruled by witches and werewolves. But everything is about to change. Vivianne, born of a mother who is a witch and a father who was a werewolf is betrothed to a werewolf to establish a union between witches and the werewolves that s ...more
Sara Santos
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok

I will read the next 2 books, but this is one was an huge disapointment.
Sometimes I felt bored while reading it.
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Buddy read with the lovely Glass

Great adaption to the TV series.

My Review...

First derived from The Vampire Diaries books by L.J Smith, came the TV show, which then after a few series came the spin off, The Originals. Now based on the TV series, comes the novels. After a recent lover of The Originals, I was super excited to receive this book review, only after Glass posted a picture on Instagram. We then said we would buddy read it as we are major fangirls of the series. (I'm Team Elijah, girls!
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this was just awesome!! I loved Klaus and Elijah since they appeared in The Vampire Diaries and when they got there own series I was thrilled! Then to hear that they have their own books, well lets just say I squeeed a little ;)

The year is 1722 and the Mikaelson family is trying to find somewhere to make a home. They have been on the run from their father for a long time and need to down some roots. They arrive in New Orleans and decide to stay. The only thing is there are witches and were
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I have only watched a few episodes from the TV show, so I'm far from being an expert on the Mikaelson siblings and the kind of plots they get into in episodes. However, I'm not sure at all I found them here, nor that they were really interesting at all, in a more generic way. I kept thinking that they were, well, out of character—which was baffling, since I was under the impression that the people who worked on this novel were al
Mary (BookHounds)
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read The Vampire Diaries ages ago and watched the television adaptation off and on over the seasons. I was most intrigued about a spin off for Elijah, Klaus, Rebekah and meeting Vivianne. So I did a quick binge of The Originals and detoured to New Orleans. This story did not disappoint. If you aren't familiar with any of the characters, this story does a nice job of catching you up on the characters but you might get a bit lost at certain points. So you have all of the guilty pleasure of the M ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished The Orginals: The Rise, and I quite enjoyed it! I don't know if this book is enjoyable if you don't watch the show, but if you do I really recommend it. It's funny to read a description of what one of the characters is doing, and being able to know exactly what it looks like.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how good it was. Review:
Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧

‘The Originals: The Rise’ is a story about three original, ancient vampires who are impossible to hate and surprisingly easy to love. The plot of the novel was intriguing if not a bit cliche. Once I forgave them for their faults and their errors, I got sucked in the story of their rise to power and settlement in New Orleans.

The pace of the novel was alright most of the time, however, sometimes it drawled a bit on. The ending was sad, my heart went out to the characters, especially Klaus,
Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
"You may be closer than ever to finding some quaint little hovel, brother, and Rebekah may still win us an army. But I'm building us an empire." - Niklaus

The Rise originally appealed to me because of my guilty-pleasure-like interest in Niklaus and Elijah. I find them to be devilishly delicious and this novel was a great excuse to enjoy some of their dangerous charms. I think this is a good novel to read if you are very much a fan of The Originals television series, yet aside from that, there
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
**A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley**

I really enjoyed this book. It captured the spirits of Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah perfectly. Not that I was expecting anything less from Julie Plec. While the writing wasn't fantastic, the story really made up for it. Book adaptations of TV shows don't always work as well as intended but reading this book felt like I was watching an episode of the show. I just loved it.

Klaus oh Klaus, where to even start. Through all h
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
En bref, même si je n’ai pas eu de coup de coeur pour ce premier tome, j’ai pris énormément de plaisir à suivre Elijah, Rebekah et Klaus lorsqu’ils ont décidé de s’installer à la Nouvelle Orléans au 18ème siècle. L’intrigue apporte un excellent complément à la série TV, elle reste d’ailleurs dans la continuité de celle-ci sans être une resucée de ce que le lecteur a déjà vu à la télé.
L’intrigue se découpe en 3 sous-histoires, chacune concernant l’un des 3 Originaux, pour finalement se recouper s
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Originals has quickly become one of my favourite TV shows, and the Mikaelson's one of those families you love to hate, especially since their debut on The Vampire Diaries many seasons ago. The way the two shows blend so nicely is amazing and I adore the New Orleans setting of The Originals. I was quite excited when it was announced there were going to be three book releases tied to The Originals world, I'm always eager to learn more about these vampires with such long lives and such a varie
Book Binge
I’m not going to lie. I wanted to read this book because I’m a fan of the show. I love me some Klaus and Elijah and I’ve come to love Rebekah. I have followed the Mikaelson’s from Mystic Falls to New Orleans and I went into this book with high expectations. I ended up liking it but not nearly as much as I thought I would.

The first part of the book was really slow for me. It took me FOREVER to get through it but once the action picks up, the story got better. It’s a completely different experienc
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


The success of 'The Vampire Diaries' brought along the conception of its spin-off 'The Originals'. We all wanted to know more about the Mikealsons, the original vampires and the spin-off delivered, as we see the original family try to find stability in New Orleans .... And then came this novel series courtesy of Julie Plec. Where the show oscillates between the present and the past. This new trilogy focuses much more on the hist
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

I'm a big fan of The Vampire Diaries books and TV programme. Since they first appeared in TVD I've been really intrigued by Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah Mikaelsson. The Originals quickly became a firm favourite in our house. I was slightly concerned that if I didn't like The Rise then it may spoil the TV series for me, but thankfully it supports the show really well and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Although it may help to have watch some of TVD or The Originals, you really don't need to because The Ris
La Biblioteca de Atenea

Tenía muchas ganas de leer este libro, porque sigo los personajes de los que trata en The Vampire Diaries Y The Originals (series de TV), pero me ha decepcionado bastante. El argumento en sí es aburrido y da la sensación de que no pasa nada durante páginas y páginas. Además, el estilo narrativo es mejorable y, personalmente, me resultaba un poco cansino que se utilice el nombre propio de los personajes más de lo necesario, a razón de media docena de veces por página: "Klaus pensó tal cosa" "Kla
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT, Lets start with the fact that I'm obsessed with the originals, and this book was just... LOVEE. The only thing that I liked less is that this story ended and that the next book is going to be a Total different thing.. But okay, STILL LOVEEEED IT <3
Okay book. Nice to get more stories that have the Original vampires. Especially Elijah and Rebecca.
Book Addict Shaun
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle
The Vampire Diaries is one of my favourite programmes, and with the introduction of Klaus my first thoughts were (shockingly now) that I didn't like him. Now, he's one of my favourites the show has created and the Mikaelson family getting their own show, The Originals was very exciting. I'm not a fan of The Vampire Diaries book series, in comparison to the show it's a really poor series, yet I did enjoy Stefan's Diaries which was a prequel to the show rather than something completely separate. T ...more
Zed Whisper
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite aspects of this book was that it was told from three points of view so we see the story unfold from Elijah, Rebecca and Klaus’ eyes. The Vampire Diaries TVshow introduced me to the Original vampires, so I was already familiar with the main characters. I’m glad to say the TV show got this spot on since the books build on the personal traits we’ve already seen.

Elijah is the older, wiser and more rational one. He is struggling to maintain peace with the witches and werewolves, b
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Julie Plec is a television producer and writer, known for her work on the Scream films and the television show Kyle XY.
Plec is an Executive Producer and writer on The Vampire Diaries, and often co-writes episodes with Kevin Williamson.
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