Review & Giveaway! Risen by Cole Gibsen

by Cole Gibsen
Publication: March 27th 2018
by Entangled Teen
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

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Fans of Vampire Diaries and Twilight will be thirsting for this latest vampire addiction…

My aunt has been kidnapped by vampires, and it’s up to me to save her. Only…I had no idea vampires existed. None. Nada. I’m more of a reader than a fighter, and even though I’d been wishing to escape my boring existence in the middle of nowhere, I’d give anything to have it back now if it meant my aunt was safe.

Then there’s the vampire Sebastian, who seems slightly nicer than most of the bloodsuckers I’ve run into so far. Yes, he’s the hottest being I’ve ever come across, but there’s no way I can trust him. He swears he’s helping me get answers, but there’s more to his story. Now I’m a key pawn in a raging vampire war, and I need to pick the right ally.

But my chances of surviving this war are slim at best, when the side I choose might be the one that wants me dead the most.

~My Thoughts~

I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve been interested in a book about vampires. So often we get the same regurgitated story with a tiny change here or there in an attempt to make it stand out. I grew bored with my search for the next great vampire tale and moved on to other things. Something about this book called to me, though, and when I was asked to read and review it I jumped at the chance. I’m happy to report that it was a good decision.

The plot is well thought-out and properly developed at just the right pace, which keeps the story engaging at all times. There is also more to Risen than just vampires.. and even the vampires in this tale vary. It’s not just about a bunch of glamorous vampires that make teenage girls fall asleep at night wishing they were real. There are several different species, which really adds depth to the overall story. But I really love when an author isn’t afraid to add more than one type of paranormal creature into the mix. When you throw vampires in with fairies and other mythical beings, I’m standing in line for that brew.

The world building is on point, the characters are a perfect blend of lovable/relatable and love to hate, the romance is pretty good (although that’s not my favorite aspect) and the action kept me turning pages well beyond my normal bedtime. If you’re searching for the next great paranormal read–Risen is my recommendation to you!

~About the Author~

Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more—dogs or books. Rather than choose, she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of more than ten books with more on the way.

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