Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Runes by Ednah Walters

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.


**I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: Wow I was not expecting this to be so good! I read it on one sitting. I wasn't able to put it down because everything kept me in the book and as soon as I finished I bought the next book and already read that as well! You know a book is really good when you immediately get the next one!

The Characters: Raine, Eirik, Cora, Torin, and a few others are the main characters. I loved how everyone was connected. Raine and Cora have been friends with each other since forever and they both were amazing friends to each other. Raine and Eirik have been friends with each other since they were babies. Torin moves in next door to Raine and that's how they meet. Raine is strong and sweet and she doesn't like to hurt people's feeling (will explain in romance section). Cora is very youthful and energetic and a great friend to Raine and vice versa. She's funny as well and I really like her. Eirik is great - he was funny and playful and caring towards everyone. Torin, he was cocky and funny and maybe my favorite character! They all had different qualities to them and that made them all really well developed characters who were consistent throughout the book!

The Story: Now despite the summary, the book isn't all about Torin! It's about Raine trying to figure out everything that's going on. She starts seeing weird tattoos on people and then students are dying at her school. She remembers people that nobody else remembers. At one time when she was hurt she knew Torin healed her somehow and there's just tons of secret and mystery. Raine definitely knows there is something about Torin and some of his friends but she doesn't know and tries to figure it all out and how she fits in with it all. Not to mention that her dad's been missing but you know that one of her parents has something to do with all the weird things happening and I couldn't figure it out! The plot was quite manipulative and so good. 

The Romance: I'm just going to say that I really hate love triangles in books, but there isn't really one in this book. Let me explain. Raine and Eirik have been friends their whole lives so in the book they start dating. But then comes Torin. Raine and Torin spend time together and such and Raine realizes that she loves Eirik but not in a love-dovey sense - more like a best friend and definitely not like she does Torin. I really like Torin and Raine together and their love felt so tangible! The ending completely killed me! *Spoiler*(highlight to read) Torin's memory gets erased so he doesn't remember anything!

End Thoughts: This book was such a great read and I really love Norse mythology books too! I really hope you guys check it out because it was amazing! 5 stars!

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