12 August, 2014

#BookReview :: Runes (Runes #1) 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.


Raine Cooper believes that she is a normal girl. Her life revolves around school, swim practice, her parents and her two best friends. Now her father has gone missing, her crush on her best friend is going nowhere especially with the possibility of him relocating soon. And then there is the mysterious new neighbour - Torin. Little does she know that her life as she knows it is about to turn upside down.

Raine, Cora and Eirik have been best of friends since forever. Each character has its own charm. Raine is sassy and straightforward. Eirik is nerdy and caring. Cora is bubbly and fun. Three of them make quite a trio bringing in different flavours to the story. Then enter the blue eyed Torin St.James who oozes of confidence and charm. I also liked Raine’s mother who seems like a strong woman with a will of iron.

The plot introduces us to Valkyries, Grimnirs and other mythical creatures. The author has done a great job with her world building as she reveals little at a time throughout the book. Just when you think you know everything there is to know, she goes ahead and reveals a little more. However, the dynamics between Torin and Andris changed a bit too abruptly for my taste. Andris was introduced as someone who not only did not get along with Torin but they hated each other. But by the end of the book they were not only working together but quite chummy. I wish there was more about it in the book. Also the cliffhanger ending leaves us with promises of lot more adventures to come.

Overall, the author has created an intriguing world that I enjoyed reading about.

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