Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Runes Blog Tour: review

Welcome to our stop on the Runes Blog Tour. For our stop we are spotlighting the first book in author Ednah Walters' latest YA paranormal series. We are also running our review. 
This tour is hosted by Walking on BookshelvesForbidden Passions Reviews, and PageFlipperz YA. FInd the complete tour listing here.

Runes (Runes, Book One) by Ednah Walters 
Publication date: May 20th 2013 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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.

About the author: 
Ednah Walters
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 or

Ednah Walters is a wonderful storyteller. I loved her Guardian Legacy books (a paranormal YA series) and now there's another series to love. Runes is the first book and sets an intriguing foundation to a new and exciting world. Raine has just turned seventeen. She's very likable and has two close friends, Cora and Eirik. Tragedy has touched her family and her father's been missing for three months since his plane crashed, while her mom optimistically believes he will return. When a new guy moves in next door, Raine immediately fights the temptation to check out his great body and face. This new guy, Torin St. James, is hot, confident, and teases Raine with the word "magic"--something she doesn't think exists. He's a mystery, the bad boy type wearing leather and riding a Harley. His playfulness towards her (calling her "Freckles" was the first step to making him endearing) is a sign of things to come.

As she tries to grow closer to Eirik, changing their status from friend to boyfriend, her attraction to Torin increases. New kids show up to try out for her school's swim team, one has strange tattoos on his body and his eyes follow Raine everywhere. We are given just the right amount of information to entice us and I couldn't wait to see where the story would take me.

With the introduction of Norse mythology and runes, things certainly got interesting! Besides the subject matter, I enjoyed the way the author described the setting of Portland, Oregon, and the plot contained enough twists to keep me wondering. Raine has the right amount of innocence, drive and determination to have readers back her every move as she tries to figure out what's going on with Torin, the strangers and those runes. And where does Eirik now fit in? 

YA paranormal fans searching for something different and new will want to read Runes. Action, mystery and romance along with likable characters kept me glued to this book's pages. With the cliffhanger ending, all I have is one question: how do I get my hands on the next one?

Rating: 4
Cover comment:
For a paranormal, I'm glad she's not in a prom dress so this cover is cool. I really like the blue and the look on their faces.

Book source:

I received a promotional copy through Netgalley.

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