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Risen by Cole Gibsen #Review #Suspense #Paranormal #Romance #BlogTour

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

Title: Risen

Series: Blood Eternal #1

Author: Cole Gibsen

Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing

Published: March 27th, 2018

Pages: 300

Rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

Forget this being a teen book, I can guarantee adults who enjoy this genre will love it too – I do! It is a fresh look at paranormal romance, definitely with the author’s own twist to Vampire species but I’ll not say any more about that or I’ll be giving away spoilers . . . .

The story starts with seventeen year old Charlie out for a walk with her dog, Jazz, when everything goes quiet – too quiet. Jazz is uneasy, too. They curtail their walk and return to their home where she lives with her Aunty Rachel. That’s when the world as she knows it changes forever and she discovers vampires really do exist – two take her Aunt. . . . Now Charlie needs to work with the one left to dispose of her to try to get her Aunt back again. Can she trust him? Can she trust anyone?

This is a fast paced paranormal story, with different factions at war, danger lurking in the shadows and round every corner and a lot of learning about this new reality to be done. You’d think there’d be enough with three different vampire types but no, this author has her paranormal world with so much more – some of which still remains to be identified. Family, secrets, wars, hunters, dhampires and so much more all have their role to play in this enthralling, action packed paranormal adventure. I found it a real page turner and totally engaging read. It is the first story in a new series and I really want to read more already – I’ll certainly look out for more by this author and other stories in this series in future.

I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.


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.

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/risen.html

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.

Jax growls.

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


Author Links:

Author Website: http://www.ColeGibsen.com

Author Twitter: Twitter.com/colegibsen

Author Facebook: Facebook.com/colegibsen

Author Goodreads: goodreads.com/colegibsen

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colegibsen/

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Many thanks to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this brilliant novel, materials for this post and organising the blog tour.
The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.

2 comments on “Risen by Cole Gibsen #Review #Suspense #Paranormal #Romance #BlogTour

  1. Carrie
    March 27, 2018

    Just chuckled yet again over the splitting a bag of blood on a date. I’m already ready for the second book now. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      March 27, 2018

      I agree, Carrie. There were so many funny dialogues in this, despite the danger and perils, and I’m definitely ready for that second book now!

      Liked by 1 person

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