Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review: Immortals (Runes #2) by Ednah Walters

Title: Immortals
Series: Runes, #2
Author: Ednah Walters
Category: Romance/ Fantasy/ Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something...
Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them.

So Raine comes up with a plan...
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. 
But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.

     
My Thoughts: 

Immortals was a great second book in the Runes series. I actually feel it was better than the first book. It’s full of new evil, some interesting twists, and Norse Mythology! Can forget the angst either! I was actually really happy to be picking this one up; I just had a feeling it was going to be better than the first book. 
I wasn't sure what was worse-having him gone or having him around when he couldn't remember he loved me. 
It picks up a little bit after Runes has ended. But despite not a lot of time passing between the first and second book I did see growth in the characters. Raine is a strong girl and so determined. And once she realizes that Torin has his memories blocked, man, she does what she can to help him remember. Though she is definitely up and down emotional-wise with his memory loss, she never gave up. I also did see her development a lot in this book, and though she has more room to grow, I definitely like her character even more.

Torin, hell, what can I say about him. Though it was sad he’s memories were blocked, he was still that cocky, arrogant really charming guy he has always been. He’s just the kind of guy character I can’t help but like. He is kind of the same from the first book, but also different. Having his memories gone really took him for a loop. And though he wasn't always nice, he was still a charming guy. What I loved most is that the chemistry between Raine and Torin was still there, even when he fought against it.

There are quite a few characters in the book. Some were not what I was expecting. New and old characters pop up and some nice twists are thrown in about a few of them as well. Each one, even the main characters, gets tested and I enjoyed watching them deal with those trails. Also a few new revelations are revealed about some characters. Though I kind of figured one out, there was one that did take me a bit by surprise. There are also quite a few new obstacles and enemies that arose, but that brought in a nice tense factor I enjoyed.
I hope they wouldn't start a witch-hunt. Being burned at the stake didn't exactly fit into my future plans.
As I mentioned, this book does have some twists, ones that really helped develop the story even more and move it farther along. More Norse mythology is also revealed. I just love that aspect of the book. The pacing did move a bit fast, but it was a good fast (much better than the first book). The events in the book didn't feel rushed, except for the ending. I felt the ending to be a bit abrupt.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Immortals! I think it was better than the first book. A lot does happen and the characters get tested in quite a few ways. But they each proved to be stronger than I originally thought. I also loved that the intensity and love between Raine and Torin is still there. It was fun watching them grow in this one. I definitely recommend this book to mythological lovers out there! 



5 comments:

  1. I really like it when a sequel can positively surprise you and when it's better than the first book. That happened to me a few times too and I really loved it.

    Great review, Magen!

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  2. The twists and great cast of characters sounds good. I haven't read anything by Ednah yet but want to.

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  3. I love mythology! Torrin sounds like a character that I would love as well! I like that you got to see a lot of character growth from Raine. I love it that this book was rvn better than the first, fast paced, and full of plot twists! Great Review Magen :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  4. I agree. I thought this one was better than Runes as well, which is surprising cause I tend to struggle with the memory loss thing. Torin really is super charming and I absolutely love him. Great review Magen!

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  5. Sigh... another series I have yet to start, but it's on the list! Love the quotes -- especially that first one -- oh. my. heart! It's always exciting to hear that a sequel is even better than book one! Love that! Wonderful review, Magen!

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