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Blog Tour: Runes by Ednah Walters {Review+Giveaway}

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Today is my stop on the Runes tour hosted by Xpresso Tours! Click HERE to see the full tour schedule!

   by: Ednah Walters

Publication Date: May 20, 2013
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC was provided by author and NG for a fair and honest review
Page Count: 245 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


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 is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

My Review:

Ok. I think we're all pretty much feeling the same thing as we read the last page of the book. And that was, "Are you freaking kidding me?!!?!?!?!?!" Ednah Walters, you slayed me with that ending. I know this is the first book, so not all hope is lost, but GAH. I was mad. And have I mentioned I don't like cliffhangers?! Anyways, I guess it's a good thing because I really can't wait to get my hands on Book Two.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, even though I also felt like it was a little similar to JLA's Lux series. Torin reminded me alot of Daemon, except I liked Torin WAY better than Daemon. (Ok, you Daemon fans- CHILL. I grew to like Daemon in the second book) Torin is the mysterious, hot new neighbor who moves in next door to Raine. He oozes sex appeal and definitley has the bad boy vibe going on for him. Raine is intrigued, but is also just starting a relationship with her best friend Eirik, who she has known for years.

It did take me a bit to really get into this story, as the first half of the book was primarily character building and development, and Raine trying to figure out who Torin was and what these mysterious runes she kept seeing meant. However, once the story picked up and both Raine and us readers started discovering those things, I was really interested. I'm really hoping Walters will expand on the idea of the runes and how it's all connected to Norse mythology in the next book.

Yes, I just said Norse mythology. As in Odin, Hel, Loki, etc. Wooo! I love mythology so I cannot wait to find out how Walters is going to incorporate this into her series! That was the one thing I didn't get enough of this time around.

I liked Raine as our protagonist. Though, after a while I was getting kind of tired of the whole Eirik/Torin drama. Clearly, she had feelings for both and as much as she questioned her romantic feelings for Eirik, that is when she really should have ended things with him. Torin, on the other hand, was quite obvious about his feelings for her, even though he did spend most of the book trying to push them away, since he knew he was only sent to do a job. (And what a cool job at that! I don't want to spoil it, you'll have to read the book to find out!)

This is a good start to the series and lovers of the paranormal/mythology/romance will really enjoy this one.

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

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 by Pill Hill Press 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.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at www.ednahwalters.com or www.ebwalters.com.

Tour Grand Prize (INTL)
1st prize: A choice of signed copy or e-book of Runes and $25 gift card from Amazon
2 prize: A choice of signed copy or e-book of Runes and $10 gift card from amazon.

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  1. Oh Torin is sorta la Daemon? Well call me intrigued! haha. I hated Daemon but it was a fun kind of hate. He cracks me up actually >.< Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    1. Torin definitely reminded me of Daemon! Haha. And when I first read Obsidian I was seriously seething at what a jerk Daemon was! :D

  2. I want to read this one! It sounds pretty good. I do love me some mythology!

    Great review!!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

    1. Thanks Magen! I can never turn down a supernatural/paranormal with mythology thrown in.

  3. The Norse Mythology intrigues me, looking forward to reading this one next week. Great review Jess!

    1. Thanks Danielle! I hope you enjoy it! I'll be watching your GR updates!

  4. I really liked this book to, but the ending KILLED me, like OMG "NO!" Needless to say I can't wait for July to get here to see what happens next. I am not crazy about cliffhangers either, but at least we have the synopsis of book two to ease the pain a tiny bit :)

    1. Oh, yes that ending. SLAYED MY HEART!!!! I also can't wait for July to see how it pans out. Though the book 2 synopsis looks like it's going to kill me too! :D

  5. Happy you enjoyed Runes and the ending wasn't my doing. Blame the Norns. Thanks for participating in the tour


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