Friday, March 20, 2015
JASMINE's THOUGHTS on From Gods by Mary Ting
Descendant Prophecies Series, #1
October 17, 2013
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It's not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus's descendants.
Skylar Rome is supposed to be having the best summer ever beforeshe heads off to college. Little did she know, her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. Nearly drowning at the beach due to unknown forces, one of the Grand brothers she'd just met, Mason, saves her life. Cool, collected, mysterious, and dangerously good-looking, Skylar is drawn to him from the start. Though she knows he is the type of guy good girls stayed away from, it seems he is always saving her life, and the attraction was inevitable.
Upon meeting the brothers, strange things begin to happen. When she accidentally kills one of the brothers, it throws her life into turmoil, as they search to find the answers. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world of the descendants of ancient gods, all who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, evil beings are after her. Running out of time and running for her life, she must unravel a mystery. What do they want from her? Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will she find the answers, or will she die trying?
**About the Author**
International bestselling author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.
When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Hence, Mary's pen name, M. Clarke? She tours with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
Stay connected with Mary Ting
Note: This review contains NO spoilers
I have always been fascinated with Greek mythology since a very young age. I also enjoy reading the different twists of mythology in various storytelling...including film and television. Yup! It's imagination and creativity at work! When I learned of Mary Ting's book, From Gods, I was intrigued with the synopsis. I am no expert in Greek mythology, but I have learned that the Gods did often "play" with humans; often times, creating offspring.
And...this is what Mary created with her storytelling! Her take on the lives of these descendants of the Gods. I loved her knack for world building and character development. It flowed from beginning to end. The mystery she created when odd occurrences happening (especially the life threatening ones) to Skylar, after she met this alluring young man. With each chapter, the mystery and suspense was raised a notch as secrets were revealed. And, of course, that undeniable developing romance between our two characters, Skylar ad Mason.
This modern day twist of what happens when these Greek Gods have children with humans is filled with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, and a little bit of Young Adult angst that made this read fun and entertaining. I fell in love with the characters as they grew from beginning to end...adapting and learning after each incident. Then...Mary just had to do it! She just had to leave me hanging with that cliffhanger of an ending when I got to the end of the book!!! REALLY!?! My heart just took a nose-dive into that swirling pool of "WHAT THE HELL!!??!!" Good thing that I have book two, From Deities, so I don't have to wait very long to find out what happened next! LOL!
This fast-pace, suspenseful, thrilling, adventurous, and, often times, humorous twist on Greek mythology definitely is a delicious read that I couldn't put down...and left me wanting more!