Souls (Runes #5/Grimnirs #2) by Ednah Walters
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?
I love this series so much. It has everything I love, magic, romance, action and it’s based on Norse mythology. Souls is the fifth book in the Runes series, the second book in the Grimnirs series and is centered on Cora, while Raine and the others make appearances. Now while the Runes series in general is considered young adult, Souls is considered upper ya or new adult.
Cora now trying to live her new life as an immortal and she is dealing with a lot of stuff. She is still helping souls and it still has it’s downside. She is working at an retirement home and is trying to learn how to be a supernatural. I love how Cora grew as a character, she started out as Raine’s best friend who was, while not a bad person, a little shallow. Cora now is her own character and she has grown emotional, she is no longer that shallow girl who cared only about boys and cloths. The events in the past has formed her into a better version of herself.
Everything between Cora and Echo is hotter than ever and their relationship is starting to take a serious turn. You can tell that they really care for each other and that this is a real relationship. Things aren’t perfect and they have their problems but they work through them because the love each other so much. I think that they actually make a really good couple, they seem to balance each other out.
I am five books deep in this series, so you can’t help but tell I really like the series. The plot is an interesting one and it’s unique. I love the characters and how I get to switch between main characters by switching the heroine of each book. Souls is a steamy new adult romance that happens to have souls, Norse mythology, magic, reapers (Grimnirs/Valkyrie), a heartbreaking loss, dark souls, and a wicked scheme. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series and the spin-off series, aptly named Eirik.