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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.
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“I Surrender to the music. I become the notes drifting from my fingers, filling the cabin and spilling out into the night. It’s only in this moment, alone in the darkness inside my head, that I finally feel safe. “
“The answers we seek might be the only things that can save us now.”
Risen follows the story of Charlie and Sebastian. Charlie has always wanted more out of her life. She is bored with the status quo and wants nothing more than to venture out into the world. That is until one day, Charlie’s whole world is turned upside down. Charlie is suddenly thrown into a world that she never knew existed. Sebastian promises to give Charlie answers, but Charlie isn’t too sure if Sebastian can be trusted. You see, Sebastian is a vampire and only time will tell if he is on the right side of the vampire war…
Risen was a quick and easy read for me. The story hit the ground running and captivated me from the very first page. I thought the story-line was fresh and intriguing. I wanted to know more and needed answers to all my burning questions. I liked learning about the different vampire clans and what started the war. I thought this book had a lot of action and it kept me on my toes. And while there was some romance, it was definitely the slow burn kind and not the main focus of the story. My only issue with the book was the ending. I felt like it ended rather abruptly and left a lot of issues unresolved. It wasn’t your typical cliffhanger ending.
Overall, I thought this book was a fun read. It was a different take on vampires with a slow burning romance. I still have a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered when the next book comes out. This is my first novel by Cole Gibson and I look forward to checking out more of her work in the future.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
Excerpt from Risen:
“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.
We turn as he claws at the door.
“The only thing there is to be afraid of,” she whispers. “The monsters.”
About Cole Gibsen:
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. www.colegibsen.com
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