Review: Runes by Ednah Walters

Runes (Runes #1)Runes by Ednah Walters
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Format: eBook
Pages: 245
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Runes #1
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.
My Thoughts:

First, let me apologize to Miss Walters for my delay in publishing this review. It in no way reflects on Miss Walter’s writing. Runes was an amazing story and definitely worth reading.

Ok, so when I requested this book off Netgalley, it sounded so good, but the cover just didn’t do it for me. After putting off reading it for so long, I decided to give it a shot.  Well, cover be damned, I loved it. What a unique story. I have never read a story quite along these lines before. Our protagonist, 17 year old Raine Cooper is an interesting blend of wonderfully independent and purely unlucky damsel in distress. I hate those femme fatal types that just fall apart at the slightest sign of trouble.
Torin St. James is absolutely, positively yummy, although I didn’t like how wishy washy Raine was, stringing along Eirik, I actually did like how tongue-tied she got around Torin. And his response to her seemed genuine and sweet.
The runes definitely added a new dimension to the story; the mythology caught my attention and made me want to go back and read stories I haven’t visited in a few years.
The characters and plot line were very well developed with lots of drama and suspense along the way. While you absolutely want to hate Andris, Maliina, and Ingrid, you just can’t; well, wait Maliina maybe. But at the same point, you can almost see why she is the way she is.
Runes is a terrific start to this series, leaving enough questions that leave you waiting on Book #2. I will definitely recommend Runes to readers of paranormal, drama, adventure, and romance.

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  1. Great review, Becca :) I liked Runes as well, and I look forward to the next book in the series.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. Thanks Lexxie!! Have a terrific weekend yourself!

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