Friday, June 7, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review: Runes by Ednah Walters

Title: Runes
Author: Ednah Walters
Published: May 20, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)

Book Description:

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.

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About The Author:
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 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.

My Thoughts and Review:
What is it about an infuriating cocky bad boy that always draws me in, every. Single.Time?

Whatever it is, I don't want it to stop because the truth is, they are yummy and Torin is no exception!

This is the first book by Walters I have read and oh my! She did not disappoint. Not only did she give me a fantastic read but one that is completely appropriate. By appropriate I mean, I got the intensity of sexual tension without the naughtiness but it in no way lessened the story. In fact it just made it all the much more intense and hot and...and, I loved it! Walters knows how to write a story.

I was hooked after the first few pages. Finally something refreshing in the YA genre without being inappropriate for the age group. And that fact that it also has mythology in it didn't hurt it either. One of my all time loves is mythology but it is hard to find something new and original in the genre without being cheesy or too over the top and Walters managed to balance it all brilliantly. 

She gives us a fresh new look into old myths with an added dose of mystery, a great cast of very loveable characters and a great romance as well that doesn't over power the original storyline and that ending? What ending was pure torture! I can NOT wait to see where she takes this story next.

I completely loved Raine, Cora, Torin and Eirik, heck I even enjoyed the “bad guys”. 

I wish I could tell you more about everything that transpired in this story but I really can't. I want you to be able to enjoy this one for yourself without any spoilers from me. So much happens, so much is revealed, so much is said and in some cases unsaid that this one really will leave you thinking long and hard by the end about the outcome of all the characters and about what could possibly be in store for them next. 

Just trust me on this one and pick it up and give it a try. I really don't think you will be disappointed by it at all. Yes there is a slight love triangle, yes there are mean girls and yes there is an insta connection (not love, but connection) and yes, there is even a dreaded cliff hanger at the end (but nothing too terrible!) but it will all be worth it. This isn't your typical anything and well worth the time. 

*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*


  1. You said cocky bad boy and I was sold Ali! So clearly I'm right there with you on the "I love infuriating arrogant bad boys" train. WIN. I haven't heard of this book before, but I think it's safe to say I'm super excited to meet Torin! I'm a little nervous about the ending you mention though, when does book 2 come out?

  2. It scheduled to come out in August so not too long of a wait!

  3. hehe cocky bad boys, yes please I will take them over the sweet and boring anytime >.> well maybe not outside the book but thats where we go to escape right? heh..

    Great review glad you liked this one! It does look great, wonderful that it is age appropriate thats good news. Did not realize it had mythology in it! must have been fun.

  4. Oh yes! I agree Lily. I love them in books, not so much in real life!

  5. Happy you enjoyed Runes and thanks for participating in the tour. Yes, Immortals will be here before you know it.

  6. Thanks for stopping by Ednah and for letting me be a part of the tour!

  7. What you still loved it with all those faults you listed... It must be really good to overcome all those niggles! I will definitely add to this to my problem called the TBR.

  8. Wonderful review and yes we love our bad boys, Glad this was clearly in the YA genre for you and it sounds like a good start to a series!

  9. I'm all about the cocky bad boys too, don't worry you're not alone! :-) Torin sounds like my kind of guy. Can't wait to meet him! Glad you enjoyed this despite a few little issues. I'll have to give this one a try for sure. Wonderful review!

  10. I hope you love it too Lauren!

  11. I have been meaning to pick up one of her books and I've been hearing good things about this one. Hopefully by the fall I'll be able to fit it in my schedule!

  12. I hope you can Candace, I think you will like this one. :)

  13. Ahah, we all have a soft spot for cocky boys, I think! Daemon! He's the first one I think about, but I'd love to meet Torin as well, of course. :)

    I've never heard of this one either, but it has all the right ingredients. Adding to my tbr.
    Great review!

  14. ah yes Daemon, he is the ultimate. In fact Torin reminds me a little of him!

  15. I really loved this book and I always go for the infuriating yet incredibly yummy cocky bad boys. You couldn't have described the way the sexual tension was portrayed any better - definitely intense, but without the naughty factor. Then the ending - I am dying for the next book.