May 7th 2013
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.
This was my first ARC from netgalley. I read the synopsis – weird, I know – and was like runes & mythology & young adult? I have to read it! So, I requested, it was approved and I started immediately. Just to give up after half and hour.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for dark and drooling worth handsome guys. But the way Raine froze, or had to repeat how hot the guy was, totally killed my buzz – yes, I’m writing like a teenager, it seems fit. So. I closed the book. And almost forgot about it. Almost. And all because a goodreads friend seemed to really like it and she has book tastes similar to mine.
A few weeks ago I needed a quick read and something I didn’t mind seeing ruined to read between the awesome Written in Red and the most wanted Magic Breaks. And guess what? It was the right choice. Why? Because it was fun. And short. And it stood its ground. So I almost gave up on a really good book.
The book is the classic young adult urban fantasy type. Girl meets dark and strange boy. They have this instant and hard to resist attraction. And boy is not exactly human. And yes, we also have a love triangle. And the connection to usual young adult urban fantasy books ends right there. The plot is absorbing, fast pacing and hard to put down. And it has a new concept. Do you know how hard it is to write something new these days? The author did it. Actually, she nailed it! It has mythology. It has runes. It has superpowers. And it has twist and turns that will totally grab you.
Runes is a series to read.
If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments or the Lux series, do yourself a favor and pick up the book as soon as possible.
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review