Review: Symbiosis by Karen Tjebben

Symbiosis coverSymbiosis by Karen Tjebben
YA Supernatural Romance
(with Contemporary Fantasy appeal)
Date Published: January 10, 2015

A switch is flipped the night of the dance. Something awakens within Kate Archer that alters her relationship with Nick and Alex. Haunting visions of the past begin to plague her. In an effort to maintain harmony within her relationships, she tries to hide the knowledge the dreams reveal to her. Eventually, when the façade that she’s so carefully crafted begins to unravel, Kate realizes that the past has no boundaries, and it has stained her soul. It is then that the truth finally sets her free.




This is the second book in the Scintillate series and I must say, this surpassed my expectation from the first book. I liked how Scintillate was written, Alex, Nick and Kate’s characters were quite good (although I thought their love triangle was quite overrated) and while I was left  hanging in the end, I didn’t mind it because I knew something else’s brewing. And I was right.

Kate finally learned more about her real self, her real abilities, her real powers. Together with her boyfriend Nick and with the help of her friend Alex, Kate flourished as she harnessed her powers. But when she slept and dreamt, she felt like a traitor, like someone betraying the two closest people in her life. She mostly dreamed of Alex and Nick’s history. Soon her feelings got complicated. She was torn. She felt conflicted. She no longer had control.

Again, I liked how fast the story flowed and unraveled. Notwithstanding the love triangle, I think the nephilim and Asteris were a great part of the story. Kate slowly grew on me and continued to impress me, too. There’s much more exciting mysteries happening around her and I can’t help but wait and see what happens next!



Story time always captivated Karen. As a child, she fell in love with books that transported her to different worlds and introduced her to new creatures. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to explore different times and new worlds through literature. Now, when Karen isn’t living in reality with her husband and daughters, she can be found creating an alternate reality filled with creatures and worlds that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers.

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  1. Karen says:

    I am so happy that your enjoyed SYMBIOSIS! I had a blast writing it and am excited to share a little more with you. The cover image is loaded with information. The background setting is actually Jordan Lake (a major setting in the book). There are two butterflies on the cover. In the reflection on the water, that butterfly is the blue butterfly that was on SCINTILLATE’s cover. That butterfly represents Kate and her transition. The white/black butterfly appears to be emerging from the blue butterfly. This butterfly represents Sarah. The body of the white/black body has 2 bows with an arrow in the middle. I used bows and an arrow for this butterfly because Sarah is an archer. I am busily working on the final book in the series. Please check out my Pinterest sight for a little insight into SYNCHRONICITY. I have a board with pictures that help inspire me as I write.

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