Book Title: Grimnirs
Series: A Runes Novel
Author: Ednah Walters
Release Date: December 2nd 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Banner Made by: Jamie Turner-Norton
INTERVIEW WITH ECHO
Interviewer: Is there a nickname that you're known by? Do you prefer it?
Echo *cocks his right eyebrow*: Do you really think someone would dare give me a nickname? I’m Echo. End of story.
Interviewer: What is your height, weight and build?
Echo: Seriously? Why would anyone want to know my stats?
Interviewer: I’m the one asking questions here, Echo, so play nice and answer them.
Echo *grins*: Oh, a spunky Mortal. I love that. Six-five, tall, all muscles. *Pulls up his shirt and bares his washboard abs* Want to touch?
Interviewer “blushes*: I don’t think Cora would approve. Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?
Echo *stands and pulls off his shirt to show his back”: Scars, a constant reminder of my dark past and my dark soul. Cora calls them badges of honor. She’s a total sweetheart. *sits down*
Interviewer: You love her?
Echo *sighs, a faraway look in his eyes*: Love is too tame a word. I adore her. She’s my anchor, my harbor, my crutch when the world of off kilter. She completes me.
Interviewer: Wow, lucky girl. What is currently your biggest responsibility/commitment?
Echo: Cora and reaping, in that order.
Interviewer: Really? What will your goddess say if she hears that?
Echo *shrugs*: I don’t care. Probably throw me on Corpse Strand to remind me she’s the boss, but I’ve come to learn that there are other things worse than torture.
Echo: Seeing Cora unhappy
Interviewer: Who is your biggest rival/enemy? Describe them briefly.
Echo: Enemies, hmmm. Too many to count. Most of them are my fellow Grimnirs. In my defense, I really don’t consider them my enemies. They are the ones who consider me their enemy. As for rivals, I used to think a certain god-child was my rival. I’m his opposite in every way. He’s fair while I’m dark. He’s golden hair, pretty face, and pampered existence while my story is out there for all to see and it’s not pretty. But he’s no longer my rival. I won. I got the girl. “smirks smugly”
Interviewer *chuckles*: What is your favorite food, drink, musical artist, song, and movie/play?
Echo *closes his eyes*: Pies. Cora’s mother makes amazing pies. I don’t drink, but I like my coffee black and unsweetened. Songs? I have an eclectic taste in music. Some Classical rock. Some heavy metal. Some pop. I don’t watch movies. Don’t have the time.
Interviewer: How deeply does your job/social role define you as a person?
Echo: What I do doesn’t define me. My past may have shaped the man I’ve become, but what defines me comes from here. *taps his chest* My essence.
Interviewer: What do you dislike most about your life? What is missing?
Echo. Hel. The place is colder than dry ice. Now that I have someone to warm me up when I come back, it’s not so bad.
Interviewer: What is the driving force/motivation in your life?
Echo: Doing right by those I love. It’s gotten me in more trouble than I care to admit, but that’s who I am.
Interviewer: What is your biggest character defect?
Echo *grins*: I’m a vindictive bastard. You hurt someone I love and I’m a coming after you. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or who I have to go through. I will make you rue the day you hurt those I love.
Interviewer *shudders*: I hope I never piss you off. How hard is it for you to admit when you're wrong?
Echo: I have no problem admitting I’m wrong. Rather face the music right away than stress about it.
Interviewer: Do you consider yourself a moral/ethical person?
Echo *shrugs*: I’d like to think so. Don’t take my word for it. Read my story and decide for yourself.
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.
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, was released April 2013. She’s currently 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 is presently working on book 3, GRIMNIRS [Book 2.5] was released in December 2013. Read more about this series and the world she's created herewww.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 five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.
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*I was given this book for a blog tour in exchange for a review which does not in any way affect my honest review of my own individual opinion in any shape or form*
Rating: 7.75/10. 4 stars
When I signed up to review Grimnirs, I did not know it was book 2.5 in the Runes Trilogy. I ended up really enjoying this book, despite not knowing it was part of a series, and think it could be read independently from the rest of the trilogy with little or no confusion to the plot of the rest of the trilogy.
The plot itself was very interesting, and although there were gaps that would usually make me rate it 2 or 3 stars, they are details that I am sure are explained in the Runes Trilogy itself. As Ednah Walters said, she wrote "Grimnirs" as a book that would focus solely on Cora's and Echo's love and back story so that the third book, Seeress, wouldn't be side-tracked with the story of their love and how they came to be. I was quite fascinated with the Norse mythology angle the book had, as well as all the soul-reaping (that doesn't make me sound weird...does it?). I also think the way that Walters added her own spin to it when incorporating her characters into our own boring world was done very well, kind of how Rick Riordan has with both the Kane Chronicles and Percy Jackson, although with a lot more kissing.
Besides most of the characters being supernatural creatures from Asgard and Norse mythology, the main focus of the book was romance. This might have just been my not knowing, or the book itself, but it seemed like one moment Cora was talking about being locked up in the mental hospital, and the next Echo was making out with her. After some explanation, and Cora's own confusion, I came to really like her and Echo as a couple. Their bond was so strong and unique, and let's face it, Echo is a gorgeous hunk that if he and Cora weren't together, I would want to snatch right up because of his yumminess. That makes absolutely no sense, but the point is that he is the ultimate to-die-for, swoonworthy male specimen...I mean character. Don't tell his Coramio I said that.A book in between books is supposed to fill in/connect the dots between two books and that's exactly what Grimnirs did. If this had been a standalone, I would have been very upset at the ending because it seemed to just...end without explanation. But because this was book 2.5, the ending drew a perfect line between point A and B, or books 2 and 3.
"Echo was cocky, bold, badass, and unstoppable. He was Hel's best reaper. What could have happened in the past that was so horrible he couldn't share?"The best part about Echo, my favorite character in the book, was that he wasn't just a hot guy that had made seducing skills and looks that would make any girl faint. What I liked about him was that he was deeper, and more layered than us as the readers thought he was.
"I always have an agenda and I'm good at what I do. I lie, I bend the laws, and play dirt to win. That's who I am, and I've never had a reason to change."Of course, that was before Cora came along, and because of her, he learned to truly love and feel.
"Don't you ever put your hand on her, Chapman. You don't look at her wrong, raise your voice, or give her a reason to cry. You laugh and cry with her. Worship the f**king ground sh walks on. If she's hurting, you better be hurting ten times more because her pain."That is just one more example of how great of a boyfriend Echo is
Now there was this one quote that has absolutely nothing to do with the story itself, but I loved it because I know a lot of my book blogger friends can easily relate, and this is probably all that my friends say about me too.
"All they ever talked about were books and their character crushes. They all had blogs and did reviews."Overall, desipte not knowing Grminirs was 2,5 in the Runes trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed it because of the interesting plot, wonderfully strong romance, and everything else that made this story great. I will definitely be reading books 1-3 now.