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Runes (Runes #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,824 ratings  ·  324 reviews
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...more
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published June 8th 2013 by Firetrail Publishing (first published May 7th 2013)
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
It's like if you take the Lux series, and then marry it with The Mortal Instruments, that's in the same neighborhood as this book. I know that's clear as mud, but it really is like those two books had a love child book, and Runes was it.

I do have to give props- urban fantasy has become a harder genre to write in. It's so saturated, that it becomes difficult for some new books to really stand out. Runes does manage to stand out. Honestly, just the cover alone piqued my interest, the blurb sounded...more
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2.5 or 3 Stars

This was another buddy read with my fabulous and kick-ass friend Becca
This isn't our first book about paranormal romance, magic, YA or love triangles, just so you know...and we had, almost all the time, something to rant about. It was sad because we thought we would really like it, after all, who doesn't like magic? I mean, is magic!
However, the magic wasn't the problem here, the character...more
Howdy YAL
Sep 16, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Twihards
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: It had Norse Mythology so the buy button was obvious
To see full review click here.

Welcome to an episode of book diagnosis with the help of a slightly modified version of the scientific method, I....Dr. MJ* will diagnosis what the fuck is wrong with Runes.

Question: What the fuck is wrong with Runes? The summary seems pretty good. Norse gods and YA. Whatever can go wrong with that....okay, I know a lot. But Norse gods. That's pretty bad ass for the most part (at least when Tom Hiddleston and Christ Hemsworth are involved).

Research: Consisted of rea...more
Once again Ednah has upted the bar with this new paranormal romance.

Characters that you will surely swoon over and a fantastic new series that will take off with a bang.

The storyline is original, the plot intriguing, and I was eager to find out what was going to happen at every page turn. A few twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of there seat.

A solid plot, and a great paced read, I can guarantee for all those who have read Ednah's Ya series, this one will be your very favourite.. **...more
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Raine Cooper’s life has been in turmoil ever since her father was lost during a plane crash. Her mother insists he’s still alive and her best friend Eirik might have to move away. Now a mysterious stranger moves in next door and there is something very different about him...Well he is drop dead gorgeous but how does he always know exactly what she’s thinking???

Raine see...more

RATING: 4 Hearts

I am always looking for original ideas and unique storylines when it comes to YA paranormal romance reads, and every once in a while I do find that one book that takes me completely by surprise. Runes by Ednah Walters is exactly that book. With its every flip of the page, the story is brimming with mythology, romance, and intriguing twists and turns – it definitely made for an addictive read. Aside from a few minor disputes, Runes left a distinct impression on me, and I found mys...more
Deyse (Deyse Says)
Runes delivers us a lot of cliches but does it in a refreshing way that turns the reading experience good. I didn’t have expectations on this book and picked it up because my last readings are way to intense on my feels, so I just wanted something light and easy going and this book was exactly it.
The plot revolves around Raine, a sixteen about to turn seventeen girl, who wants more than ever that her long life best friend realize how great they’re to each other. But with the coming of a new neig...more
(Review also on the blog)

Let me start this review by honestly saying that I normally skip paranormal books. There was something about Runes that really drew me in though, a combination of the title and the (minor) mention of mythology. The book wasn’t a hit with me, nor was it especially memorable. But there is something special in Runes and the potential it has as a YA series. It was a lukewarm novel, at least up until it reached the last third where it became slightly more interesting to me. U...more

*Update 17th July 2014

Just as good second time around after re-read. I didn't want to put it down.*

Runes was a really enjoyable book that kept me eagerly glued to the pages the whole way through.

When Raine gets a new neighbour, Torin, she takes an instant dislike to him, despite how he looks. But when one of his kind tries to kill her, Torin heals her. Raine knows that something odd happened, and she's seeing runes everywhere. On her car, on the school doors and even on Torin and the other new k...more
Ok so I graciously got my hands on this ARC which I was so excited about since the blurb sounded very promising.
And up until the very end this book delivered, I was glued to the pages and although the runes did remind me of TMI that doesn't bother me. I mean c'mon there's millions of books about vampires- no one compares them to Twilight and werewolves no one compares them to Twilight either just because TMI is such a famous series people are comparing both books. This isn't about shadow hunter...more
Runes by Ednah Walters is a refreshing take on the supernatural YA genre as she cleverly uses runes as part of the arsenal of her otherworldly characters! Raine’s father disappeared in a plane crash months before, but her mother talked to him, insisted she KNEW he was still alive and would come home. She is on the cusp of making her best friend, Eirick, her boyfriend, after all, he is amazing, they have so much in common, they have shared everything since they were kids. And then the mysterious...more
Darian Carter-Pace
This review and more at my blog
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series book: Yes
Will I read the next book: Yes

I read the last few paragraphs of Runes like fifty times and then I cussed enough to make my mamma cry. When I first started reading it, the Lux series came to mind. Then I got into the story and there was totally different mythology. But again at the end I was just as frustrated as I was at the end of Opal (Book three of the Lux series). I just wanted to scream. You can't do that! You cannot cr...more
***Received a free copy via netgalley.

I've been busy reading lots of new adult and adult genre books for the past few months, I forgot how refreshing and fun it is to read a Y.A book. I immensely enjoyed reading Runes, it brings out the girly girl in me lol. The moment Raine met Torin *swoon, I knew that I'm going to absolutely add Torin to my book boyfriends list, gawd I don't even care about Eirik lol, team Torin all the way..if and if there is even a competition.

Torin was the new guy next doo...more
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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They say start the year as you mean to go on, so I guess that means I'll be reading bad books and writing harsh reviews about them.

It's not that I want to be mean. I understand and appreciate that someone has spent a lot of time and effort and energy writing this book. It's just that this book really irritated me, in many ways, and I wouldn't be a very goo...more
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Line “Make my sacrifice mean something.”

Man I want myself a Torin PLEASE!! That being said I can honestly say I have never read a story like this!
Valkyrie (OMG my favorites), Runes, and of course immortals that are just amazing. Well some are jerks but you can't have a good story with out them!

Raine is your every day teenager, she's a swimmer, has her friends, her first boyfriend Eirick, and her best friend Cora. The only thing that is wrong with her life is her father has disappeared!...more
Review: 4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely adore Ednah Walters The Guardian Legacy series so I was eager to jump into Runes which is a story filled with mythology, romance and intriguing mystery.

Seventeen year-old Lorraine ‘Raine’ Cooper has a bit on her plate, her father has been missing for a few months, her mother is in denial and convinced he will return and she has to deal with her snarky, smexy Harley riding new neighbour Torin St. James and her conflicted feeling for her best friend now boyfrie...more
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven.

Dear Ms. Ednah Walters,

How could you do this to me?

Seriously, how could you.

You introduce me to Raine, who one day sees things that others can't. All while still dealing with her father's disappearance and trying to come to terms that he may never be coming back. She is sweet, smart, and devoted to her passion of swimming.

You gave me a sweet romance between her and her dependable boy-next-door (literally at one point) new boyfriend, Eirik. He is...more
Lindsey ( United By Books Reviews)
For the first time in a long time I find myself crushing madly on a teen hero in a YA book. This hasn't happened since the Twilight series. Mainly because I seldom read YA, but something about Torin St. James had me curious and wanting more from the beginning of “Runes”. Granted he isn't your usual teen and he is only technically 19. Maybe it's the blue eyes and black hair or his wicked personality. I am not sure, but he won my swoon factor majorly.

Raine was your normal average teenage girl. Swi...more
I recently was given a copy of Runes by Ednah Walters to review. I was honestly not very interested because the premise sounded just like another book I have read and loved. But, I thought I would give it a chance anyway.

I'm glad I did. After the first couple of chapters Runes sets itself apart from the other book and stands on its own.

Description from the publisher:

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior an...more
So, I gotta say. This was a good just didn't "Wow" me. :(

This is definitely a fantasy book, filled with ancient Norse mythology, with some fun twists to your typical fantasy books. But the most different thing for me was that the fantasy aspects of the story were almost buried in the book, understated to an overall romance/love triangle. Ugh.

Raine Cooper is our MC and narrator. She is a swim team star with her best friend and sort-of unofficial boyfriend, Eirick. She has b...more
I received an ARC of this book and I must say that it was very enjoyable. The characters felt more real than most YA books, they had well rounded lives that involved equal measures of school, modern day internets, and high school participation. The story felt a bit rushed but it was a good opener for a promising series. The supernatural bits kept me guessing and I can say that I look forward to learning more about the world that Walters has created. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I love...more
Valhalla, Odin, Freya, Hel, Valkyries Oh MY!

My head and my heart hurt…Runes was awesome! The ending not so awesome :0( I don’t want to be spoilery but it’s pretty cliffy and not a good situation for my girl Raine. Look that’s not a bad thing but for ME?!!!! Someone with a pretty strict reading schedule it’s a deep burn. Like down to my soul. Lol I wish I could just toss every book in my way through the shredder but no worries my pretties it won’t be long!

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R-eality, Raine’s life is about to chang...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)

Raine Cooper believes that she is a normal girl. Her life revolves around school, swim practice, her parents and her two best friends. Now her father has gone missing, her crush on her best friend is going nowhere especially with the possibility of him relocating soon. And then there is the mysterious new neighbour - Torin. Little does she know that her life as she knows it is about to turn upside down.

Raine, Cora and Eirik have been best of friends since...more
After begging; asking Author for a copy of Runes, as the synopsis intrigued me and I've to read it, I got it.
* This is my honest review *
I LOVED IT!!!! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I'm excited!!!!

The story had suspense and the writing intrigued me and kept me going but towards the end I didn't want it to end at all!
The banter between Raine with silent E and Torin St James (I love his full name) was funny, made me laugh and love them. There is Cora, I just love her quirks...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Firetrail Publishing for giving me this book to review.

17 year old Raine has a lot on her mind, with her father missing, presumed dead after a plane crash, and her romantic feelings for her best friend Eirik. But then a good looking boy, Torin, moves in next door, and she is drawn to him even though she can tell there is something different about him. After he saves her life from another supe...more
Sasha Hibbs
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Firstly, what a gorgeous cover! It's so pretty and cries out to be picked up. Runes was an intriguing read. I loved the mythology throughout, it was a fresh take with new twists and much appreciated. I couldn't wait to find out what Torin was. It was killing me.

I thought Raine was well developed as a character and the other supporting cast as well. I especially enjoyed Cora (Raine's BFF). The only conflict I had was...more
Ednah Walters
This is the second edition of Runes. It is exactly the same as the one with couples on the cover. The only difference is the cover.

Ednah Walters
Mar 13, 2013 ★Yosbe★ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Raquel Vega-Grieder
I have been a BIG fan of Ednah Walters since the very first book in her Guardian Legacy Series. I thought it was amazing. I have also read her Fitzgerald Series written as E.B. Walters, although I loved it, I felt it could not top the first series of hers I read. BUT all that changed when I read Runes. It is such a PHENOMENAL book I just couldn't put it down but at the same time I was trying to prolong it because I didn't want it to end. For the first time EVER I didn't know what to do with myse...more
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review on Netgalley.

Wow! I’ve got to start by saying that it takes something original and excellent to surprise me, and this book did just that! I found myself about 75% of the way through the book with my mouth hanging open. That pretty much didn’t stop until I was finished. I also blew through this book in less than 2 days because I just couldn’t put the darn thing down! This was a fun and addictive YA paranormal romance that completely had me suck...more
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“Nice chatting with you, Torin. I'd say don't ever speak to me again but that would be pointless because you're always around, stalking me, waiting to play the hero. Whatever game you're playing, it's not working. I already have a hero and he's... he's mortal and amazing. When we kiss, I don't think, I feel.” 5 likes
“Blue eyes was studying the damaged mailbox like an insurance adjuster. Why couldn't he go bother someone else? Or at least put on a shirt?” 4 likes
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