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Friday, April 6, 2018

Book Review! Risen by Cole Gibsen

Risen (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibsen 
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen

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.

Risen is the first book in the Blood Eternal series by Cole Gibsen. This story is told from Charlie's point of view, although we do get a few extras in the end from Sebastian's point of view too. I  liked learning his thoughts in certain situations. I don't know if this was insta-love exactly, but they do fall for each other fairly quickly. There's definitely insta-attraction anyway. There are different types of vampires, with different powers, who bring about a bunch of action all through the book. It really grabs your attention. The characters grow quite a bit through this story too. They still have a lot to learn about themselves and each other, and I'm so anxious to learn some of the secrets that surround them. There are so many mysteries within this story, and we get the answers to very few of them before the book ends. I really would have liked a little more in that regard, but I still enjoyed reading, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

The ARC of Risen by Cole Gibsen was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

“Don’t say it like that, Charlie. I wanted to protect you.” She tugs on the edge of my cardigan, pulling me toward her. “I love you. You’re the most important thing in my life, do you understand?”

There’s a desperation in her eyes that tightens my throat. Swallowing hard, I nod.

She lets go of me with a sigh. “Maybe I took it too far.” She sweeps her dreadlocks over her shoulder and twists them tightly. “All I’ve ever wanted was to keep you safe.”

Safe. The world spirals, cold and slippery, down my spine. “What are you so afraid of?”
She opens her mouth only to shut it again.
Jax growls.
We turn as he claws at the door.
“The only thing there is to be afraid of,” she whispers. “The monsters.”

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.

To learn more about Cole Gibsen and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, FacebookTumblr, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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