Runes by Ednah Walters
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's father disappeared and her mom acts strange all the time. That should be enough for one teen to handle but Raine gets thrown another curve in her life in the form of Torin. He moved in next door to her and she is drawn to him. When she gets injured her life gets changed when Torin heals her with some marks. Now she is out to figure out what he is and some of the other students. All the while fighting her feelings for Torin and trying to figure out what her best friend Eirik means to her. The more she digs up on Torin she discovers he has ties to Norse mythology. She also discovers she has ties to it as well. She will have to pick a side soon as she finds her self and her friends are in danger. She has to hope she picks the right side.
The characters are all fantastic. Raine keeps you guessing what she will do next and she shows great strength in all she has to face. Eirick is her best friend and knows her so well. Torin OMG how do you describe Torin. He has the whole sexy stranger with secrets thing going on. Every time he isn't in a scene you can't help but think were is he at lol. Besides these three there is several other characters to get to know. Some of them you will love to hate and some you will love.
When I started this book I did not want to put it down. Every page you read you get a little more insight into the world the author has created. You really get to see what the characters are like and get to know them. The story line is a refreshing one and different from other books. This has a lot of Norse Mythology in it and that was new to me. I love these kind of books. Yes it does have a love triangle thing but know worries when you read this book you see why it isn't a bad thing. It helps make the characters who they are. There is several scenes for those that like action. Raine is facing danger after all and she has to figure out who to trust. I would recommend this to anyone who wants something different to read or loves mythology. I can't wait for the next one.
The cover is wonderful. I love that you get to see the characters and the marks.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
5 out of 5 Bats~Pam