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Friday, April 13, 2018

RISEN by Cole Gibsen / Book Review #Risen

By: Cole Gibson
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released on: March 27th, 2018
Series: Blood Eternal #1
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Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing a copy of this in exchange for my honest review

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.

It's been awhile since I've picked up and read a YA vampire story. It was kind of nice to jump back into the paranormal world. This book was definitely a fun, quick read that has an intriguing mix of vampire and fae elements to it. That's the part of the story that kept me hooked. 

I liked that this is a book I didn't need to feel that character connection with that I normally would when I'm reading. There's a lot that's going on in the book that kept me invested, when other wise I would have felt like the characters were a bit flat. Romance wise, I wasn't invested in it at all. I felt rushed, a bit like the over all story was. However, I liked the fast paced, action packed plot, and the few plot twists I didn't see coming.

While this book is a fun, quick read, it's definitely not one I'd compare with Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. This is it's own unique story with a mix of three different vampire clans, and faeries. I liked the way Gibsen intertwined the different paranormal elements. It worked for her story, and made for an interesting storyline, and plot twists. It's definitely not something I've read a lot in YA paranormal books.

I love this cover, and wish I could say the same about the story. I definitely feel like there's more to the storyline, especially since it felt too rushed and incomplete at the end. I'm a little annoyed with the amount of unanswered questions by the time this book ends, especially since there are so many questions asked through out the entire story that needed to be answered. I admit, I'm intrigued enough that I may end up picking up the sequel just to get those answers. 

*There is some language in this book