Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

First off let me start by saying that Risen is not your typical Twilight vampire story. This story focused on the town of Alder Lake and its inhabitants and what their ancestors did two hundred years ago to the Barclay family.

Risen revolves around several different families and their connection to the two hundred year old murder. Some of the characters are a philandering husband who has a wife that doesn’t ask questions and another couple that ignore the signs of a mental breakdown until it’s too late. The philandering husband becomes the number one suspect when his current mistress is murdered, so his secret life is revealed to all in the town. Some other characters include a no nonsense mailman and his trouble making step son; and a nosy neighbor.

The two hundred year old vampire has awakened and is ready to fulfill his curse and vengeance on the families that murdered him and his family. He finds it rather difficult navigating the town with all of the differences that have occurred since he was alive last. Francis finds himself literally falling apart and finds his time limited; after all he is two hundred years old, and the town starts to notice him and his brilliant blue eyes. He is tormented by his past and the need to fulfill his curse but faces many challenges in the world that is new to him.

I found Risen to be well written and it pulled me right in. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down – I just had to find out what happened next. This story had everything from love and friendship, to revenge, murder, and the unknown. I did find myself wanting to slap Amanda and tell her to wake up to her husband’s extracurricular ways when she would not ask questions and ignored the obvious. I thought the story’s ending was excellent, it had an interesting twist to it (which was kind of fitting), and of course left you wanting more. I hope Lawrence is working on a sequel; I can’t wait to continue this story.

I would highly recommend Risen to anyone who love a good vampire story that doesn’t involve them sparkling.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Krystal Lawrence. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.