Review: Risen by Cole Gibsen (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Risen

Author: Cole Gibsen

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

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 goodness, I love vampires, and I’m ready for them to be the ~thing~ in YA again. Risen is an awesome, brutal take on vampires with some romance thrown in, and I’m totally here for it.

If you’re sick and tired of reading about vampires who seem too tame, Risen has you covered. While there are a few different types of vampires, some being more mellow than others, there are vampires that seem to really have no other goals than to be absolutely brutal and extremely violent. There are a few moments of very, very violent imagery in this book, so if you’re bothered by something like that, I would skim over those parts.

The story itself had me hooked. The action starts off pretty quickly, and things don’t die down until the book is over. When you pick this book up, you’re in for one hell of a rollercoaster ride. I also think the author did a great job of setting up for the next book. There are certain ~revelations~ that come towards the book that I’m still sitting here thinking about, wondering what the heck they could mean.

If you love anything vampire related like me, you’ll totally dig this book. I give Risen 5 out of 5 stars.

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