Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: Runes by Ednah Walters

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.
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Publication Date: May 20, 2013
Kat's Review
I'm going to be honest.  I requested this book despite the cover, not because of it.  I've seen a lot of books lately with the same feel to their covers, so I know it's a popular look.  It's just not a look that draws me in.  I was intrigued by the description though, and requested it anyway.  I'm glad I did.
The paranormal genre doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and it is a very crowded place right now, so any book that falls within it will probably have some elements that sound familiar.  In this book, it's the runes that are used to mark skin and objects that are familiar.  The similarity of this book to another popular series ends there, though.  The mythology in Runes actually delves into some Norse mythology, which I found very cool and left me wanting to know more.
Raine is a typical teenage girl who is dealing with the disappearance of her dad in a plane crash.  She's an active member of the school's swim team, along with her two best friends, Cora and Eirik.  Raine and Eirik's relationship progresses through the first part of the novel, turning into something more, something Raine has been hoping for.  Enter Torin St. James and the mysterious newcomers that show up in his wake.  Mysterious, dangerous, and definitely Other, Raine soon learns that her fate is twisted up with theirs in ways she doesn't understand and no one wants to explain.  The closer Torin and Raine get, the more she starts questioning her relationship with Eirik.
This first book in the series gave enough away to keep me interested, but held enough back to keep me guessing throughout.  This is definitely one book that, aside from the romantic element, I honestly couldn't guess the plot elements before they happened.  There are several casualties and some tense action scenes that keep things exciting.  What really makes this book enjoyable is the writing.  It's good, strong, writing with realistic dialogue and well-drawn characters.  The plot is complex enough to sustain the series through more than one book, and the ending was unexpected and left me wanting more.
Rating: A Good Read
I've never read anything by this author before, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one.  I can't wait for the sequel, and am now going to go back and pick up the first book in one of her other series.  A good read.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for participating in the tour and enjoying the first installment in the Runes series


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