Straight out of the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she’s loved from a distance for years moves 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. Even better, the souls leave her alone when he is around.
Too bad Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful,and cocky. He is also a 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.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Supernatural, Royal-Court, Another-World
Cora has spent the last month in a mental institute since she started seeing ghosts but nobody believed her. When she gets out, everyone acts as if she was only gone for a week instead, with experiences and pictures she is included in as if she was there. An incredibly attractive Grimnir, or reaper of souls, named Echo is lurking around, insisting that he and Cora had been having a physical relationship. Echo is convinced that Cora had her memories erased and is determined to investigate the situation. Cora has no idea what the truth is, but strange things are going on and Cora is right at the center.
I read the first book in the series, Runes, and enjoyed it immensely. When I was given the opportunity to read a story set in the same world about Cora I was really excited. It says that this book is a stand alone, but I am not certain I agree with that statement. I know the world and for the most part the supernatural creatures living in it, but I feel like I am missing some plot holes since I did not read the second book in the series. I guess it works out since Cora has no memories of what has been going on or the supernatural stuff, so I am learning about past events right along with her, but I just feel like I am left in the dark about some things, like Erick for instance. That being said, I did really enjoy the story and the complex characters the author creates. It seems like nobody is what they seem on the surface, but instead a multifaceted character with hidden depths and motivations. Oh can I just say how much I love the cover? It is really pretty and eye-catching, just like all the books in the series. I try not to judge a book by it's cover, but at least these covers live up to the content.
Did I mention this book is steamy? And when I say steamy, I mean H-O-T! The chemistry between Cora and Echo was intense and so incredibly sexually charged I felt like I needed to fan myself. I would say this book more so than the Runes has more adult content so I can see why this may be classified in the New Adult category instead of teen.
I did enjoy solving the mystery of Cora’s memory right along with her, from her mixed up feelings for Eirick and Echo, her dealings with souls unexplainable attraction to her, to her apparent betrayal by Raine. I enjoy Cora as a character, mainly due to her spunk, her loyal heart and her ability to bounce back from adversity. She was nothing if not resilient. Echo was such a jerk, but in a cocky attractive way that I could not help but like. He was just the right mix of bad boy attitude and protective instinct, with a dash of dominance thrown in for flavor. I would have loved to read his point of view in this book since I was not positive what was going through that dangerous mind of his, but maybe next time. I was glad to see Eirick kicked out of the picture because I was never team Eirick and his indecision. I do feel a little bad for him, but I am glad this twist of feelings occurred. I read that another book in the series will be his story and I am interested to see how that will play out. I am completely behind Cora and Echo together.
This story seriously motivates me to pick up all the other books in the series that I have missed out on. I enjoy the detailed world building with the complicated layers of supernaturals, be it Gods, Valkyries, or Norns. I am also a huge fan of character driven books and this one certainly is, but with enough plot thrown in to keep the forward momentum of the story. I am excited to reading more about Cora and Raine in the rest of the Runes/Grimnirs series.
I received this title from the author and Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.