Runes (The Runes Series 1) by Ednah Walters

RunesSynopsis: 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.



4 Stars

This book is FREE!  It’s a mythological YA.  I love these books; they are so fun to read.  Raine is a forceful character and I love how the book doesn’t really center too much on just her.  It really shows all aspects of her friends and family as well.  She is very involved in her life, and looks to her future without seeming too mature for a seventeen year old.  It shows in the writing how she truly cares about things outside of herself.    She may seem a bit dense sometimes but I think that was intentional.

One thing that stuck out for me was the two love interests in this book.  They have an opposites attract thing going on; which makes for better story telling IMO.

Eirik is sweet and almost like a beta-alpha if that makes sense.  He cares for Raine but doesn’t try to take over her life.  He respects her and gives her space.  He is there for her when she needs someone to lean on.  I love Cora, she is spunky and fun.  She helps to keep Raine from taking life too seriously.  We all need a friend like Cora.  Torin is mysterious yet can’t seem to help himself when it comes to Raine.  He likes to stir the pot and get Raine all riled up for no other reason than to see her get flustered.  Their verbal foreplay is awesome and it really makes the tender moments that much more poignant.

The plot in this book is pretty intricate I think.  I realized after reading it a second time that I missed some things.  This is definitely a book you need to pay attention too.  The mythology in this book is profound but written in a way that it doesn’t hurt you head too much.  I appreciate the background done to make this book more three dimensional.  There is more than one plot and they all seem to intertwine making it a bit hard to understand at times.

If you like mythology, I would recommend this book.

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