Runes by Ednah Walters {Review}

RunesRunes
Series: Runes #1
by Ednah Walters
Published by Firetrail Publishing on June 8, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 245
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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**I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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.
RunesRunes
Series: Runes #1
by Ednah Walters
Published by Firetrail Publishing on June 8, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 245
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
AmazonGoodreads

**I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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.


So, I gotta say. This was a good story…different…it just didn’t “Wow” me. :(

This is definitely a fantasy book, filled with ancient Norse mythology, with some fun twists to your typical fantasy books. But the most different thing for me was that the fantasy aspects of the story were almost buried in the book, understated to an overall romance/love triangle. Ugh.

Raine Cooper is our MC and narrator. She is a swim team star with her best friend and sort-of unofficial boyfriend, Eirick. She has been pinning after Eirik for as long as she can remember. They are best friends, have sleepovers (strictly platonic) all the time, and they know everything about each other.

But just when her relationship with Eirick is beginning to become more, a hot mysterious guy moves into the empty house next door. Torin is hot, unbelievably so. And he seems to know Eirick somehow and comes to Raine’s house to look for him. Although originally Raine writes him off as just another jerk blessed with criminal good looks, when he begins to show even a little bit of interest in her, she falls for him!

What really got me going though is the fact that even though she was falling for Torin, she strung Eirick around for the entire time!! It was completely unfair how she treated him and in several places actually flaunted her growing relationship with Torin in his face. Now I know that they weren’t even actually together, but come on! She should have made her choice and stuck with it.

Even though I was mad at Torin for being such a jerk in the beginning, he began to grow on me. I’m just such a sucker for bad boys. He is rough around the edges and oh so snotty, but underneath all that you just feel like there is more to him. Something good about him that will be worth finding. Torin also has a secret (and herein lies the fantasy aspect of this story).

So while I was expecting a fantasy instead I got a romance book with a fantasy twist. And in the realm of romances…well, it could have been better.

2 Stars

About Ednah Walters

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.

About Meagan

Meagan is a Reviewing Wonderland founder and featured reviewer. Because reading books does not go far in paying the bills, Meagan is also an established certified public accountant (I know, right) and spends most of her time working or spending time with her family.
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