The Runes Series by Ednah Walters

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 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. 

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.

Mythology is something every single fantasy reader completely adores. Greek and Roman is pretty common, Norse isn’t as widely known about, which is why I adore it. (I secretly think Rick Riordan copied this on his Magnus Chase. You know why? because this is one of my favorite series so far).

Okay, favorite character is definitely Torin. Same goes for a lot of other characters – Andris, Cora, and Echo. I would go on but, well, I’d be breaking my no spoilers rule.

Anyway, you know how some books have these plot twists that are so convoluted and far fetched that you feel like they’re just for the sake of it? That didn’t happen here. In book 3, Souls, there was just one, but damn, was it a good one! You might have a lot of suspicions (no, I’m not gonna spoil anything), but the final reveal is just as climatic, well written, and dramatic. Suspense? Check. Non-tacky romance? Check. Action? Definitely check.

Souls, Seeress, and Gods were possibly the most action packed books. A literal roller coaster, this series has had me crying, squealing, sobbing, laughing – you name the emotion, these books have it.

I would go on for ages and ages, but I should state something important. In book six, Witches, Raine and Torin began to get a couple of bumps in their relationship. Though it did ruin their paradise, I think it really made things all the more realistic, and prevented it from becoming a cliche YA romance. I’d like to see Raine deal with it a bit more firmly, though. I’m so eager to read the next book (OMG SO EXCITED!!!!!!!). Yeah, you could say I’m a bit hyper about this.


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