Sunday, October 12, 2014

Souls by Ednah Walters Review






Souls
Grimnirs #2
Runes #3.5
Ednah Walters

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy, Mythology 
Release Date: September 29, 2014 
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing 

ASIN: B00N9KYZ18 

Goodreads Rating: 4.42
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?


My Take On The Book:

As always, I am blown away by Ednah Walters' work :)

I'm a huge fan of the Runes books and besides my heart breaking for Eirik, Grimnirs, the first I read in the series was and is my favorite. The fact that 2 of my favorite characters of this Reaper/Valkyrie universe get their own book series spin off makes me squee.... literally.

As always it's the same universe, with ghosts and reapers and romance and lots of baddies. BUT you get more of Malina, which is always fun since you can expect her to be a psychotic biatch. But you also get to meet some really interesting characters and you get to learn more about Echo. And let’s face it, what's not to love about getting a glimpse further into the brooding Echo's past.

There are hints of Raine's growth in this book as well which I'm assuming will play a big role in the next Runes book. And you can expect plenty of heartbreak to go around but all in all I would say this is yet another success for Ms. Walters.

The Great (Pros):
  • Echo. Echo is probably one of the most complex character I have ever read about... and I love it. He loves completely and fiercely and protect those he cares about even if he won't admit to caring.

  • Dev. He's echo, but um not as brooding. He's got a lot more jokes and is just as lovable.

  • Romance. What did you expect I love to read about love and these books do it well :D

  • Baddies. There is nothing better than a good villan in abook. and this series always delivers on villians.

  • Cora. She's witty, loyal, heartfelt and strong. Definitely the kind of girl you want to befriend and a perfect leading lady.

The Not So Great (Cons):
  • The Norns. I kinda felt like they were useless in this book and their interference was not really explained. There was only 1 good thing that I could figure from the whole shebang with them.

  • Repetition. I don't like repetition, but I dislike unecessary explanations more. I can't pinpoint the exact moment but I know I read one in this story. Mercifully, it was short but it too me back to my days raging at the Southern Vamp Series by Charlain Harris. You know when she plugged drainers in every story, the same paragraph that was pointless cause they had all of a 5 minute appearance.. in one book. If they aren't in this book I don't really care much about them unless you are explaining something that happened in the past instead of an actually explanation.
5 Quills

This universe and these characters are fast becoming my favorite in this genre ad that's a hard feat. I loved each character, their growth and back stories. Its a definite recommendation to readers of Young Adults and Paranormal books. And really anyone that enjoys books with mythology/folklore. 

About The Author 
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 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.

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 www.ednahwalters.com or www.ebwalters.com. She’s also on Facebook, twitter, Google-plus, and Romance Blog, YA blog.
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