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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,889 ratings  ·  550 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
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published June 8th 2013 by Firetrail Publishing (first published May 7th 2013)
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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
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
Ash Reads
I've noticed that most of the YA series I read are the same....Twilight, Lux, Hush Hush.... girl in high school meets bad boy....heated arguments turn into heated romance....the only thing that changes is the supernatural aspect.

yes this book was just like that....but I quite liked it. .. even though its like all of those other books and is quite cliche. it was well written and I definitely enjoyed the characters and I can definitely see myself falling more in love with the series.

also the endin
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
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.. **
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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
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You can read this review and more on my blog:

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for and honest review.

I have had this book downloaded on my Kindle for over a year, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. This was YA paranormal romantic perfection.

Raine was my favorite type of heroine. She was cute, funny, snarky, girly, and strong. Her Life is pretty good when the story begins. Her relationship with her mother was the perfect ble
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

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
(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
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
***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
First thoughts after reading:

WOW. This is a first. I totally LOVE the cliff-hanger! Seriously, that ending is GENIUS! I started to get bored towards the end and thought it would go down the same way, but then. BAM. Walters hit me with THAT. Truly brilliant! It will make the second book SO. MUCH. MORE. INTERESTING! What an amazing twist. I still can't believe that happened! I never would have guessed that! I need Immortals ASAP!


Okay, this was really hard. I loved the first 70 or so percen
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
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!
Well wasn't this just a nice little surprise. I really wanted to dislike this book, given the over-saturated paranormal YA fantasy market, but I simply couldn't. The beginning was slightly clumsy, but very quickly the kinks were ironed out and I was drawn into the story. I highly recommend Ms. Walters for fans of Julie Kagawa, PC and Kristin Cast, and the tv series Lost Girl. You'll enjoy the plot driven fantasy and cliff hanger ending.
Good book, I enjoyed it, though not as much as I thought I would. Oh, well!

Full Review from Blog:
When I first started reading Runes, I thought that I'd really enjoy these books, because Raine was a lot like me, a bookish person! But as it went on, it got pretty dark, darker then I like, so while I enjoyed these books, and like them, I didn't love love love them. Which is too bad!

I enjoyed the whole mythology with the Norns, which sound vague familiar from other books with Norse mythology, and ha
Karen Lynch
Raine Cooper is a typical teenager. She is on the swim team and she has her two best friends, Cora and Eirik. She’s coping with some stuff (I won’t go into because I don’t want to give much away). Other than that, her life is pretty normal. She’s waiting for Eirik to finally ask her out so they can move beyond friendship.

Enter Torin St. James. Torin moves in next door – into the house her friend Eirik used to live in. He’s hot, arrogant, a bad ass with a faint English accent and riding a motorcy
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

What's the cardinal rule for bibliophiles? Don't judge a book by it's cover.
I know that! I do. It's just...well, I do it all the time. An awesome cover draws me in, and a cheesy cover repels me.
I can't tell you how many times I passed Runes over in favor of another book, simply because the cover made me think I would be reading the equivalent of a B movie.
I mean, what is up with that dude's bangs?! Are they feathered or something?
Let me te

*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
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Ednah Walters has done it again! Lord I can't get enough of her books and the way she writes. I just love her to pieces and Runes was a FANTASTIC no PHENOMENAL READ! I could not put it down. Once I started reading it I could not put it down and I was so engrossed in Runes that I did not cook or clean or do homework no way it was just me and Raine and Torin!

Raine is having a rough go with things in her life. Her father has disappeared and her mother is acting weird and to make matters worse her b
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
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
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
I read this on wattpad.

Holy heck how do I describe what I just read. I am slightly speechless right now and i cant find the right words to say how im feeling about this book right now. What i can say is wow my mind has been blown. It was amazing.

Ednah Walters has s new fan and i cant wait to read the rest of the series.

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
Runes describes the patterns that Torin and the others like him use to manipulate the physical world…including mortals. Raine finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom and has to figure it all out. All while her best friend and crush Eirik finally wants a relationship with her. Her friend Cora gets her to start coming out of her shell. Her life was going good until Torin moved in next door. He was everything she dreamt a man would be. Black hair, sapphire blue eyes, gorgeous…only one problem, h ...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!

Devil Evil animated GIF

R-eality, Raine’s life is about to chang
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
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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 th ...more
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“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?” 8 likes
“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.” 6 likes
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