Grimnirs (Runes #2.5) by Ednah Walters
Series: A Runes Novel
Release Date: December 2nd 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
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Purchase from Amazon: Grimnirs (A Runes Book) (YA Paranormal romance)
One lost love.
One lost best friend.
One hot soul reaper.
Straight out of the psyche ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The love of her life, the guy she’s loved from a distance for years, has moved away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.
The chemistry between them is mind-blowing. The connection defies logic. It doesn’t help that Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful, and cocky. A general pain-in-the-butt. Being around him makes her feel more alive than she’s ever felt before. But more important, the souls leave her alone when he is around.
Echo is perfect for her. Echo might even be her soul-mate. There is only one problem. Echo is a freaking soul reaper. A Grimnir. The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life. You see, once you fall for a Grimnir, your life will never be the same again.
I’m already a fan of this creative YA series where Norse mythology, the magic of runes, and teen romance have been carefully crafted into a fantastical plot of intrigue, mystery, and suspense. The series does need to be read from the beginning in order to understand and follow the continuous storyline. While the first two books have featured Raine and Torin, in Grimnirs, the focus shifts to Raine’s best friend, Cora.
Since I enjoyed the romance between Raine and Torin so much, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Cora, who until this point didn’t really interest me as much as some of the other main characters. Although Cora has stood by and supported Raine in difficult times, she still seemed a bit shallow and superficial. Unlike Raine, Cora has always been more of a social butterfly, concerned with fashion, boys, and the latest high school gossip. In all fairness, though, her character has always been in the periphery and under-developed. Now, readers get to know the real Cora, a loving, compassionate young woman who is unwavering in her loyalty to her family, friends, and especially to one exceptional Grimnir who is in servitude to Hel, goddess of the Underworld.
Cora’s life has drastically changed six weeks after the tragic swim meet where she witnessed a horrific scene of death and destruction. The emotional trauma she experienced led to a brief stint in a mental institute where she could recover. Now, she’s back at home feeling alone and abandoned by her closest friends, Raine and Eirik. To make matters worse, she has an unexplainable ability to see ghosts or souls who haven’t departed from Earth yet. Her newfound gift or curse, as she sees it, gradually pulls her into the world of Echo, a Grimnir whose purpose on Earth is to escort the souls of the recently departed to Hel, underworld of the dead.
Through a case of mistaken identity, Cora literally falls into Echo’s arms and is shocked to discover she doesn’t want to let him go despite the fact they come from two different worlds where Mortals and Immortals just don’t mix.
Echo is a refreshing addition to the plot, and just as Torin did with Raine, he tries to fight his growing but forbidden attraction to this feisty, stubborn blonde who becomes a target of goddess Hel. When Hel begins to send Grimnirs to fetch Cora, Echo’s loyalties become split over his need to protect Cora and still follow his goddess’s directives.
Cora and Echo’s love story is beautiful, and I was touched by the depth of their feelings for each other and the sacrifices they are willing to make to stay together. Cora is the light that brightens Echo’s dark heart and tortured soul. Her loyalty and belief in him is amazing and inspiring. Even though this is a YA novel, the love scenes between the two do become intimate but are tastefully written.
Raine, Torin and the rest of the Valkyries continue to play major roles in the story and the overall plot becomes much more elaborate. I’m impressed with how Walters is able to keep all of the ongoing story threads unified as the series progresses. I also like that she creates characters whose motives aren’t always clear. Just when I think I know how a character will respond, she creates complications that make me uncertain of just what that character will actually do. In this book, Eirik is a prime example. He has been making plans to be with Cora unaware of her involvement with Echo. When their worlds collide toward the end of the book, I really don’t know how Eirik will direct his anger. The climax is suspenseful and the conclusion left me satisfied for now. I can’t wait to see whose story will be featured next. All of the main characters have interesting stories just waiting to be told.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
“Now see what you made me do.” I eased off the brake. Ahead, Dad’s truck was nowhere in sight.
“Sorry about that,” Echo said, but he didn’t sound or look it. He reached out and lifted the hair on my right shoulder.
I swatted at his hand. “Stop that.”
“Can’t help it.” He planted a kiss on my neck. The car swayed as I momentarily lost control.
“I’m serious. Quit messing with me, Echo.”
“You smell amazing.” He trailed kisses up my neck to my ear and inhaled.
The sensations that invaded my body were downright frightening. Not even Eirik had ever made me feel like this. If I could forget Echo was a lunatic and I was losing my mind, I would have enjoyed the sensation.
I reached up and tried to push his head away, but it was like moving a boulder. Worse, my hand sunk into his hair. It was silky, and for one brief moment, I wanted to run my fingers through it, maybe hold his head in place and savor the moment.
He bit my ear. I squealed and, once again, lost control of the car. “Dang it, Echo. We could get into an accident.”
“But we self-heal.”
I self-healed, too? Nice. No, not nice. I refused to start buying into his crazy assumptions. “I could hurt someone.”
“There’re just Mortals. If it’s their time to go, it’s their time to go. No force of nature can stop that. No, that’s not true. Norns could. You look breathtaking this morning. Love that shade of red on you. Very vampy. What is it you once told me? Red gives you the extra oomph when you are having a shitty day.”
The only person who knew that was Raine. “Who told you that?”
EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.
Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com
Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She just released book 3, GRIMNIRS December 2, 2013. Read more about this series and the world she’s created here www.runestheseries.com
Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She’s presently working on book six. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.