Author: Ednah Walters
Format: E-book (Kindle)
Rating: ★★★★ / 5
What do you know about Norse mythology? Greek mythology is very popular among book writers, the most notable example would be the Persy Jackson series, that has a sizable audience (I still haven’t read any book in the series and I am very ashamed to admit it, but I eventually will get there, promise!).
Runes series by Ednah Walters is a YA paranormal tales built in a modern world with connection to Norse mythology. Odin, Freya, Loki, Norns – these were the names I’ve heard before and even knew some myths around or at least what they represented, it was entertaining seeing how it all got connected and developed with our main characters.
Runes is just a first book in the fairly large book series, following by Immortals, Grimnirs, Seeress, Souls, Witches, and on the side a companion trilogy Demons, Heroes and Gods, based around one of the supporting character introduced to us in the first book.
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.
(Excerpt from Amazon.com)
At first I was very sceptical about this book. The description sounded too cheesy, the runes reminded me of shadowhunters and their skin marks, however as I started to read this book I really enjoyed it. Yes, it was cheesy. Yes, there are runes as a source of magic. But! It gripped me and made me wonder the most important thing when reading a book: “What happens next?!”.
I constantly browse websites in search of new books and unfamiliar authors, and obviously free books. Runes was a free e-book on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle app and I decided to give it a try. Last week before Easter turned out to be busier than I expected and reading this book during my breaks, on the bus or even at home before sleeping turned out to be an amazing way to relax. It is short, it is light and it was a page turner for me.
Reading this book reminded me of watching The Vampire Diaries TV show – action packed, cheesy romance, full of drama. But it was FUN!
Throughout the whole book I was trying to convince myself that it was okay to be into something written in this style, it didn’t have to be full of metaphors and deeper issues if the story was addictive and engaging. The only thing that threw me off sometimes were Raine’s thoughts about Torin’s half naked body – there were just too many of those thoughts! I think we all understood how she felt about him from the early pages… Ednah Walters couldn’t make it more obvious.
Anyone who is looking for something easy-to-read should definitely give this a try. All I want now is to get the next books and power through! I will definitely continue with the series and maybe even try other series by Ednah Walters.