Published by Firetrail Publishing on June 8th 2013
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Also by this author: Immortals (Runes, #2), Grimnirs (Runes, #3)
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
This book was actually a nice gem! It’s a very unique twist on paranormal romance in YA. We don’t have vampires or werewolves in this, instead we get Valkyries or Reapers! The only other reaper related books I’ve read are the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent (GO READ THEM!) but this one had its very own crazy plot and fresh characters AND involves Norse mythology. We get a nice mythology lesson in this along with some teachings about runes, which is actually super cool.
Of course, we can’t have a paranormal romance book without a hot guy on a motorcycle, can we? Torin St. James is a heartthrob-think Zac Efron in 17 Again, but with shaggy black hair. Raine is (surprise, surprise!) actually described to look like a normal girl, which I adore! Yay for normalcy and making everyday people feel good about themselves. Throughout this novel, Raine and Torin have this crazy attraction that keeps you turning pages like you have a midnight deadline and its 9:47 p.m. I found myself becoming more and more interested in runes and the Norse mythology the longer I read this and I’m definitely glad the Sparks of YA email newsletter gives out free books like no other because next on my list is Immortals, aka book 2. I’ll be purchasing the others on my Kindle soon enough, though, no doubt.
This book had at least 2 twists that were out of this world, even for me, towards the end that made me thank the book gods the first two chapters of the next book were included (thank you, Ednah Walters) at the end! In a world overflowing with paranormal romance, the author brought out her best and made Runes stand out. I loved this and would absolutely recommend. Happy reading and, as always, let me know what you think! 🙂