Blog Tour (review and giveaway) for Risen by Cole Gibsen




Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Risen by Cole Gibsen hosted by Entangled Teen.  Today I will have information about the book, an excerpt, my review, and a giveaway.






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.








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.”






My Thoughts:

I was pleasantly surprised by Risen. It’s a vampire book, but there were some elements that were different from other ones I’ve read before.

Charlie is living in a cabin in Marion, IL with her aunt Rachel and their dog. Charlie is unhappy and wants to go away to school, but Rachel warns her of dangers without ever going into detail. One day, 3 vampires show up and everything changes. Two of them take Rachel away and the last one, Sebastian, stays with Charlie to find evidence that Rachel’s son is really dead. Sebastian is supposed to kill Charlie when he’s done. However, Charlie is not quite normal. A song she hums brings back an old memory for Sebastian and he’s desparate to know more from his human life. In the woods, Charlie touches him and there are flashes of memories. Sebastian also finds a photo which makes him believe that the Amina King Matteo will keep Charlie safe.

On the trip there, Charlie and Sebastian are taken by vampire hunters. They end up being even more horrific than some of the vampires. There is an attack and Opal, a young hunter, leaves with Charlie and Sebastian. They make it to the Amina compound and things start to go well there. Matteo wants to protect Charlie and rescue Rachel. But his sister, Queen of the Mentis, has other plans. She wants to start a war, retrieve three artifacts (each sibling has one), and eliminate the other clans.

There are three types of vampires in Risen.

-Corpus are the scariest. They look like rotting flesh and hide in the shadows. They eat everything, including each other.

-Mentis are the most attractive. They consume blood from humans kept on their farm. They have longer, sharper fangs and bluish-silver eyes. They can also compel people.

-Amina have small fangs and dark emerald green eyes. They eat from animals and only willing humans. They can also transform and are often in crow form.


Charlie is spunky, defient, and sarcastic. I liked her immediately. She’s also pretty fiece at times. Sebastian grew on me quickly and I liked his growing relationship with Charlie. Opal ended up being a favorite though. She was funny, loyal, and a great friend.

The book took off right from the beginning and the pacing was great. It made it an easy read and tough to put down. I’m really looking forward to book two.

I gave this one 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 on goodreads).






About Cole Gibsen:


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. 


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Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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