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Monday, November 9, 2015

[Review] The Rise (The Originals #1) - Julie Plec





In "The Rise" by Julie Plec, the three original siblings Rebekah, Elijah, and Niklaus find themselves fighting for the reign over New Orleans in 1722.

Werewolves and witches are ruling the city and the siblings choose the most inconvenient time possible to all fall in love.


Wait, haven't I seen this before?

While I do like the TV show, the novel is a very different thing. The characters do not feel true to the show and there is a lot of instant love involved.

Instead of the sanguinary, dangerous original hybrid Niklaus we get a love-struck doofus that is instantly falling in love with the first ~special~ girl he sees. Elijah's story line feels just like filler and we've seen him fall in love with witches before. Of course Rebecca is choosing another vampire hunter to fall in love with. It's all been done in the show before and it's extremely disappointing because I was hoping for additional content, not just a rewrite of things we've already heard and seen. 

The story around the werewolves and witches fighting over New Orleans feels very repetitive if you've seen the show. In the book, the three siblings have arrived in New Orleans and are desperately looking for a place to stay in a city that's already crowded with supernatural creatures. Sound familiar? We have repetitive filler love interests, the same setting, and characters that are in no way comparable to the compelling and exciting characters from the show.

It's very hard to keep up

However, the main problem I have with this book is not the repetitive plot or the characters. If you look over all of that and just read it without actually thinking too hard about this being a novelization of the show, it's an okay read. It's well-written, but the writing is insanely dense, which just makes it super hard to keep up with everything that's happening and get invested in the characters. 
We have three separate story lines for the siblings that play out at the same time. This is only a 400-page-book so there's not much time to develop the plot in much detail. All plot lines end up resolved very conveniently for the siblings to further the plot and it's just not exciting. The second they face an obstacle, you can be sure that it's going to get resolved in the next chapter.


Rating:

★★☆☆



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Well-written, but just not the same thing as the TV show. The plot is very similar but the characters feel off. I would have enjoyed this way more, had it only focused on one of the siblings. The story is interesting but is too dense to be crammed into a 400-page-novel. Stick to the show, this is only for super fans.


Additional Info

Original Title: The Rise
Author: Julie Plec
Published: October 12th 2015
Pages: 440
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: cbt
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Vampires
ISBN: B00XSQE41Y
Synopsis:
"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?(Source: Goodreads)



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] The Craving (Stefan's Diaries #3) - L.J. Smith


What intrigued me: I'm a fan of the tv show and love Stefan Salvatore, so I couldn't say no to a book that's only about his backstory.


The entire Stefan’s Diaries series are the prequel novels to the TV Show The Vampire Diaries. They are not prequels to the novels due to the changes they made in the show. They all tell events before the first episode as if they were taken directly from Stefan’s diary. In this one, Stefan travels to New York and gets taken in by a rich family after saving their daughter.

It's not the same as the show

The original series are now 9+ novels I believe and therefore the characters are all developed perfectly. The voices match the tone of the characters and their age - at least those that don’t have their debuts in this novel. The side characters Lydia, Bridget and Margaret are all thrown around like plot devices, so the reader is quite indifferent to their fate. Still, if you love the show or the original novels, this series portrays them perfectly, the characterizations are spot on.

Even though Stefan speaks/writes in his diary just like I would expect a 19th-century-teenager to write, it didn’t quite impress me. There’s something about the writing that kind of bores me - whenever there is no action, I tended to zone out inbetween paragraphs. The descriptions are very basic and clear - even too basic, but I guess that’s just personal preference. It's obviously a read intended for a wide range of audience and you can tell that it's written by a ghostwriter. There are no risks taken in the writing style and the plot line is textbook-clean. Introduction, story, dramatic twist, relief, villain introduction, confrontation.

I can’t believe that this plot filled almost 300 pages. Everything is rushed and the main plot can be summarized in a few sentences. The novel seems to be rather focusing on the brothers bickering than the actual plot lines. Well, singular form: there’s only one plot line. Also, introducing ├╝ber-villains in the last 20 pages is never a good idea. Nevertheless, I finished this novel ridiculously fast and I liked it. I'm so hopelessly in love with Stefan and Damon as characters, that I didn't even mind that the plot is, if even at all, averagely boring. It's slightly predictable if you've read other Vampire Diaries novels as well.

Rating:

★★☆☆

Overall: Do I Recommend?

I had a hard time categorizing the novels. They are said to be prequels to the show, but eye colours and some details are just plain wrong. Stefan doesn’t have blue eyes and neither does Damon have dark brown ones, I think it’s that way in the novels though. But then again the figure of Katherine is definitely the one from the show. A bit consistency please.


However, I couldn’t walk past this novel and I’d probably reread it in the future even though there is no plot and no new groundbreaking information. Therefore I must say that for everyone that loves the show as much as I do and fell in love with the characters, this is a nice read. Still it remains nothing but a mediocre fan fiction in the end, I have read better stuff among the fan writings.


Additional Info

Original Title: The Craving
Author: L.J. Smith
Published: March 3rd 2011
Pages: 256
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Vampires
ISBN: 9780062003959

Synopsis:
"After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother.Damon has grand plans for the vampire Salvatore brothers—whether Stefan likes it or not. Together, they take New York by storm. When their exploits end up on the society pages, an old enemy resurfaces—one hell-bent on revenge.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.
 "(Source: Goodreads)

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