I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Runes by Ednah Walters
Also by this author: Immortals
Series: Runes #1
Also in this series: Immortals
Published by Firetrail Publishing on 20th May 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, YA Fantasy
Source: from Netgalley
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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.
This book is very different to your mainstream YA fantasy which is over loaded with Vamps and Weres. Don’t get me wrong I love a good Vamp and Were story but it was interesting have something new.
Raine is a great main character. She was easy to identify with and you could understand her pain, thoughts and feelings. At some points I did become frustrated with her but, then I had to remember how young she is and remember what I was like at her age.The Eirik/Torin struggle was your typical love triangle. I’m interested to see how her character develops throughout the series.
Eirik is the boy next door. He’s nice, safe and kind. At first it seemed like he really liked Raine but after a while I got a feeling he was into someone else but was with Raine because he thought it was what he was supposed to do and not necessarily what he wanted to do.
Cora was an excellent but nutty friend. She was clearly the wild one of the two I enjoyed her craziness.
Torin was the hot new mysterious neighbour. I found him very interesting and when you finally find out who he is and what he does it becomes even more interesting. I don’t know too much about this area of mythology but I am very keen to find out more.
The ending of this book was pretty soul crushing. I was honestly so caught up in the book I had tears. I couldn’t believe it. It’s such a cliffhanger. I cannot wait for book two.
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