This is my review for Runes! Below my review is the giveaway! Click HERE for the tour schedule and to see other reviews of this title!
Runes by Ednah Walters
Publication date: May 20th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Hosted By: Xpresso Book Tours
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.
I can’t decide whether to give this a three or a four star…it’ll have to be a 3.5 star. (I hate doing halves, but there we go!)
Runes reminded me so much of Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout it was unbelievable. Raine, a nice normal girl lives with her Mum, a boy moves in next door called Torrin. They annoy each other for a bit and go their separate ways. During the book they found out more about each other and Raine notices that there’s something off about him. Like…he isn’t human.
There were also parts that reminded me of Twilight, but there aren’t really worth speaking about. Besides, doesn’t every super-natural novel remind someone of something about Twilight?
Raine was an easy to like character, she wasn’t stupid and didn’t cry all the time, but saying that…she wasn’t much different from most other female character’s that I read about. There wasn’t anything that really set her apart from the other girls.
Torrin. Hmmm, well. What can I say about this guy? He annoyed me. Yes, for once I’m not swooning over the bad boy in a novel. He wouldn’t tell Raine anything about what he was, or what he was doing. He was under an oath, but it was still annoying! And there was his general arrogance that kept creeping up.
I’ve just read too many books with alpha-males. (TOO MANY IS NEVER ENOUGH!!!)
The last quarter of this book is where secrets are revealed. Raine finds out who Torrin is, and things really start to come together. But it took more than half of the book to get there, and so for me, it dragged a little.
In Twilight, Bella found that Edward was a vampire quite early on in the book, so we could explore the strange new world with her, instead of the book just ending a few chapters later.
(I’m using Twilight as a comparison because it is also a paranormal novel.)
Overall, if you like paranormal novels, then pick Runes up because I really did enjoy it, despite the points that I mentioned!
1st prize: A choice of signed copy or e-book of Runes and $25 gift card from Amazon
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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.