Author: Ednah Walters
Series: Runes #2
Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy/ Mythology
Publisher: Firetail Publishing
Publication Date: January 9th 2014
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My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something…
Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them.
So Raine comes up with a plan...
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.
This book was better than the first. It wasn't completely focused around her romance with Torin, and I was very happy they didn't linger on the issue from the end of the first book, it was fairly quickly resolved and a pretty interesting plot was formed.
All the characters from the last book that are in this book, were more interesting all around. Except for Cora, at least for most of the book. The story kind of shifted to her a little in this book, you find out why about 2/3 of the way in and it makes more sense.
Raine was kind of a pushover though most of this book and it kind of got on my nerves a little. The parts where she was learning about herself and what she's going to become were more interesting than all the things that focused around school for her.
Eirik's place in this story was the most interesting. Finding out more about him was really saved this book from being a cheesy sequel, filled with teen angst, and sometimes weak plot lines.
I read this book in less than a day. It was so much better than the first book. But I also noticed a few things that were similar to another series that involves drawing runes on their skin. While I know that these days, it's near impossible to write something 100% original, there's also a fine line in copying something and writing something similar to another book/franchise. This book kind of walked that line.
Still, this book changed my mind about the series. After the first book, I wasn't sure if I'd want to finish it. Now, I am actually really curious and interested in where it's going. (Though I am still debating if I want to read the bridge book that's from Cora's POV)