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Runes by Ednah Walters
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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 myself absorbed into the story from beginning to end. My first book by Ednah Walters was nothing short of enjoyable.

I’m going to start with the very first highlight of this book, the plot. Walters creates a well written and evenly paced story, with a fascinating (and original) introduction to an unexpected mythological lore (I am going to withhold the lore secret and keep the mystery for those who haven’t read it yet). The brilliant world building and Walters’ crafty writing style effectively portray a clear and vivid image of exactly what is happening in the story at all times. Although these aspects are much appreciated, the unexpected turns and the ambiguous atmosphere created by the mystery of the myth make this book far more satisfying. The mystery is a solid focus in the storyline, and the non-stop guessing of who Torin and Raine are and what the runes mean is not only entertaining but made for a compelling read.

Raine, our protagonist, is a contradicting character. Where I thoroughly enjoyed her witty and feisty personality, her ability (or lack of) to not acknowledge the existence of the supernatural after having been informed more than several times or her indecision regarding Torin was quite frankly irritating. That’s not to say she isn’t likeable – she is – her character just could have faired better with more natural flaws and a tweaking of the annoyance factor. Torin St. James, on the other hand, is the definition of swoon worthy. His rough, sexy, bad-boy exterior and cocky personality are few of the reasons to fall in love with him. He isn’t in the least bit perfect, he has definite flaws, but his devotion to Raine (in all the sense) is truly admirable, and that is what makes him all the more plausible and a good character.

The romance aspect of this book is fairly enjoyable with all the right sexual and romantic tension, and of course the humorous banter, but the more heart-wrenching emotional scenes (especially near the ending) are the true worth of Raine and Torin’s relationship. While, the build up between the two characters is well done, and not rushed, it is a little too slow to reach its climatic point. Where the overall pacing of the story is pleasing, the romance slightly fell short on that count, nevertheless, their relationship is satisfactory and leaves room for improvement.

Now I have to discuss the second highlight of the book, the mind blowing ending. I did not see that coming! The ending is a huge cliffhanger and as frustrating as that is, Walters builds more than enough anticipation and leaves enough intrigue for what is to come in the next book. Although, I do wish the ending had a few more details, but that, in the face of all the good parts of this book, can be overlooked.

All in all, Runes is a very fun and pleasant read. Despite my few issues, I am looking forward to the next installment and diving back into this exciting paranormal world.

This Review is also posted on my blog: Literary Love Affair
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Reading Progress

March 23, 2013 – Shelved
April 9, 2013 – Started Reading
April 10, 2013 –
11.0% "This is actually really interesting and Torin is completely sexy! ;)"
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: book-boyfriends
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: action-romance-hot-stuff
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: books-of-2013
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy-romance-mystery-the-whole
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: fave-books-of-2013
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: favorite-series
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
April 11, 2013 – Shelved as: new-adult
April 11, 2013 – Finished Reading

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