Risen by Cole Gibsen (Review/Blog Tour)

Risen by Cole Gibsen

Blood Eternal #1
5 out of 5 stars

In RISEN, Charlie dreams of getting away from her life of seclusion, and the cozy cabin in the woods she shares with her aunt. Then she gets her wish, though not in the way she expects. Because Charlie’s life is turned upside down when her beloved aunt is kidnapped by vampires and her sedate life swiftly becomes much more than thought it was. And what’s more, it’s up to her to find and save her aunt. That is, if she can survive the night with the vampire who’s been ordered to kill her…

When I first heard about RISEN, I expected a vampire novel much like I’ve read in the past. It quickly became apparent, however, that this book is far beyond what I expected from it.

Excellent characterization, lush settings, thrilling danger, and stellar writing make RISEN stand out in a way that is truly unique and exciting. There are many twists and turns in this book, and all of them organic to the story and the choices each character within it makes. Which is what makes RISEN such an intriguing and enthralling read.

From the first word of this book, I knew I was in for a serious treat and I wasn’t disappointed. Nor could I put it down once I started reading it. I loved the story and the characters, and I cannot wait to read what’s in store for me as a reader when the next book in this series comes out.

If you’re looking for an intense, well-written, and thoroughly entertaining paranormal romance read, pick up a copy of RISEN by Cole Gibsen. It’s the first book in what is and promises to continue to be an exciting new vampire series.


Author: Cole Gibsen
Series: Blood Eternal #1
Publisher: Entangled
Imprint: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Fiction | Teen/YA | Romance | Paranormal
ISBN: 9781633758933
Format:  Mass Market/EBook
Pages: 300
Pub Date: Mar. 27, 2018

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Entangled

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.

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“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.”




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Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more–dogs or books. So she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of over ten books with more on the way. 


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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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