Title: Runes (Runes, #1)
Author: Ednah Walters
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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 was an interesting character, and one I really came to like right off the bat. Though she is introduced into a world that is complete scary, deadly, and different she handled it all with ease. Not only that, but she proved to be a strong character in how she handled the situations she gets into. Now, the only thing I found not believable about this character was how easy she accepted this world filled with mythological creatures. However, even though she accepted things too easy and without a lot of questions, it didn't take that much from the main story.Nice walk. Too bad it was overshadowed by his arrogance.
Torin. I really liked this guy. He is that perfect bad boy. Black clothing, mysterious, drives a motorcycle, and always says the swooniest things! Torin is all around desirable. Well, for me he was. When he enters Raine’s world, he really brings in the mysterious factor. He played it well, but I felt that he gave away just who he was too easily. But overall, he was a really nice character, and did I mention that every time he opened his mouth I melted??!?!
The side characters, mythological and normal, were also well written. They played their roles in the story well, and added in their own little factors. I did find both Eirik and Cora a bit annoying, and the author made a few things way too obvious when it came to these two characters. I did enjoy the mythological characters, and they definitely added to the mystery and intrigue factor. I do hope in the next book I will get more on them!
I also really loved the intensity that was between Torin and Raine. From the first moment they meet, I could feel their attraction. And, to me, it felt very real and very convincing. I love every moment they were together. But what I loved a lot about this book wast that the romance isn’t the main factor of this book. The mystery and the mythological element are very much the main focus. I really enjoyed that.
The only true and main problem I had with this book was the pacing!! It went too fast for my liking, and when Raine discovers the supernatural world, she accepted it way too easily for my taste. I felt like that could have been handled better and made more believable. Also, some story twists were easy to figure out, though one major twist really took me by surprise! I also felt the ending moved too fast. And I did get a bit confused in the action of the story-line. But THAT ENDING!! Oh my God! That just left me reeling and wanting more!"You take my breath away, Freckles. You always have, but in that dress...I want to claim you."
All in all, I'm so glad I finally started it one! It was a unique and refreshing read. I definitely enjoyed the author's twist of Norse mythology! It was intriguing and captured my attention. And yes, I did give this book a 3.5 star rating, but that is only because I felt the pacing could have been so much better. Nonetheless I did adore this book and I will be continuing the series. I definitely recommend this one for mythology lovers.