Risen: Review


300 pages

Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Entangled: Teen

Huge thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for the e-arc for this book.

It has been a long time since I have read a vampire novel and just as long since I read one as original as this one. It was compared to Twilight which, (gasp!) I loved (you wanna fight about it?) so here we go…

We start the story with Charlie, who live with her aunt in a remote cabin the woods in Illinois. When her aunt is kidnapped, she teams up with a vampire named Sebastian, who may not be what he seems…other than a vampire of course. He wants to know about his past life and Charlie seems to be the key to him remembering and likewise, he is the key to saving her aunt from her kidnappers.

The first thing that drew me in was that in this novel there are three types of vampires, Corpus, Mentis and Anima, each with their own unique powers and…lifestyle choices. The second thing that kept me reading was the sassy attitude of Charlie. Even though she finds out vampires exist in her world, she still doesn’t take any crap from them. The third thing was the vampire hunter, Opal, who turns out to be a key friend in Charlie’s life.

The writing was breezy and easy to read making it a rather quick read (I finished in 3 1/2 hours total).

You can see the influence of other novels in the plot, but it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would and some of the dialogue was cheesy, but I wasn’t even mad, though. This book was a quick enough read that I didn’t lose interest so basically if you’re looking for something supernatural with a little cheeseball effect, this is the one for you and I am pretty sure there’s going to be another with how it ended and I am also not mad about that.

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