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.
Runes is like a roller coaster. It will start slow, but it will eventually make you sit on the edge of your seat.
The story revolves around a girl named Lorraine Cooper, who is also known as Raine. Everything is going good to her aside from the fact that her father was still missing since the plane crashed. She also liked her best friend, Eirik, and she knows that he also feels the same way for her. Then, something unbelievably crazy happenings started going around her since a new neighbor moved on their place. Torin St. James already made her feel things she can’t explain when they’ve met, and even if she tried to avoid him, it seems as if they have an invisible tie to one another.
I would like the story even if the first half was a little slow for me. I’m relieved when I reached the second half because things got interesting there. And the story also picked up its pace when she has met those transfer students. The fact that this novel involves an individual from Norse Mythology makes me engrossed on reading it. There was just a moment when I’ve lost connection on the story, but I’m just glad that it didn’t totally throw me off.
Raine is a flawed main character. Her indecisiveness especially when it comes to whom she really liked is what makes her not perfect. She wanted Eirik since they were a child, but when Torin enters her world; her heart will beat fast whenever he is around or near her. Even if she knew she is attracted to Torin, she still continues her relationship with Eirik and pretends that she doesn’t feel anything to Torin. But, she is also caring and a nice friend to Cora. Even if they have a different personality, she loved her, and I think they match perfectly as best friends.
I also like Torin. His moves and ways sometimes make me smile on my own. He is sweet and caring. He also has his own way of sending butterflies to your stomach. Even if there are rules that he needs to abide, he was able to break some of it just for Raine. He is also sometimes arrogant and annoying, but it’s lovely for me.
As for the ending, it is not that strong and wonderful, but it still leaves me interested in knowing more about Raine. I want to know more who she really is and what she will become. I am also interested in how she and Torin will fight their love and change their own destiny.
Overall, this is another impressively unique YA Paranormal Romance that I’ve read this month. I am recommending this book for those who like reading paranormal with a sweet romantic feel on it. If you also want reading books that involve Norse mythology, you should also try this one.
Disclaimer: I received a reader copy from the author via The Silver Dagger Book Tours.
Publisher: Firetail Publishing
Publication Date: June 8, 2013
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Runes Series, 01
Her award-winning, International Bestselling YA Paranormal Romance—Runes Series—started with Runes and has a total of 6 books to date. The last one, Witches, released in March 2015, was a Readers Choice Awards winner. Her most recent addition is Demons, A Runes Companion Novel (Eirik Book 1). Demons is the story of Raines best friend and former crush Eirik Seville.
Her international bestselling YA Urban Fantasy series, The Guardian Legacy Series, focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. The series started with Awakened and has a total of 4 books to date. The latest Forgotten was released in June 2015.
She also writes Contemporary Romance as E.B. Walters-from The Fitzgerald Family series and Infinitus Billionaires series.
Whether she’s writing about Valkyries, Norns, and Grimnirs, or Guardians, Demons, and Archangels, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books.
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