Review: From Gods by Mary Ting
FROM GODS BY MARY TING
***2013 InD’Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Publication Date: October 2, 2013
ABOUT THE BOOK
Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.
Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?
Skylar gave a short smile and almost giggled, but stopped when his finger traced the cut on her lower lip. “Remus did this to you, didn’t he?” For a brief moment he closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, as if he was trying to suppress the anger that seemed to have crept up on him. Delicately, he brushed his finger along it again. “I’m sorry.” The small gesture of his touch drove Skylar into a whirlwind of heated emotions. He sat way too close and every time she turned her head to speak, she had nothing but impure thoughts. In order to avoid doing something she might regret, she nodded to answer and pulled back, making mason drop his hand.
Growing up in a world where evil is only human is scary enough…but add paranormal beasts and human-like gods with powers and that is nearly impossible to digest within a lifetime, let alone a couple of months. If you had to put your faith and trust into someone, how would you know who would hold true? With power and everyone having a secret agenda, outside of the human world, what would help you feel safe? Mary Ting has an interesting young adult novel, chalked full of magic and adventure.
Skylar is on her way to her cousin’s house for the summer. The weirdness begins when she is pulled over by an attractive police officer. He seems to flirt with her a bit, but then checks the trunk of her car, seemingly looking for something. After he lets her drive off, she heads to her cousin’s house to dish the odd run in. After a good laugh and thinking that she would more than likely never see him again, he walks into her aunt’s diner while they are helping out. With Skyler hiding behind the cash register, her cousin takes his order along with the other men that accompany him. Feeling like her world has just turned upside down, he begins to reject her questions about the reason for pulling her over and his name is different. Having more questions then answers, she doesn’t understand why he mysteriously reverts from being around her, even though his brother and her cousin have started showing an interest in each other. And…that’s not the only thing that sticks out as being odd. Skylar begins to feel like someone is watching her, everywhere she goes…she feels danger is after her.
Ting has an entertaining story with great character development and originality. The story is written well and flows easily. Some of the scenes that occur do seem to pass easier than what reality would assume. These scenes lack some key emotions, indicating distance that should not be resolved as quickly as the author appears to allow. This should not deter readers from the book or series; however, the author could have made some scenes a lot more meaningful than a “brushing off the shoulder” feel since this is targeting a young adult audience. If you enjoy reading young adult fiction, paranormal and mythology, or fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. This is the first installment within the Descendant Prophecies; therefore, readers can jump right in.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for From Gods by Mary Ting.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke 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. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
I started writing Crossroads after my grandmother passed away about 3 years ago. When these characters came to life in my mind, along with the character Gamma, inspired by my grandmother, it was a way for me to heal. I decided to start from a dream I had in high school, chapter one. Chapter two is also based on my dream as well. I didn’t think I would have much to write about, but when I made Claudia to be more like me, it was easy. Her first car, her first job, her first experience at camping and her grandmother having a stroke was all part of me. Too bad Michael wasn’t real…lol!!!
Many people like Davin, which I’m really happy about because his character was inspired by my friend who passed away. He was very likable and was a best friend to all his friends. Patty is my friend from church. She is exactly how I described her, social butterfly who knows everything about her friends and fashion. I named Claudia after a student I once had many years ago. I can still picture her face, just like an angel. When I was much younger, I had a crush on a boy name Michael, but his character is based off my husband, protective, romantic, and silly at times. No… he doesn’t have wings…lol!!!
Though I was busy with work, being a wife, a mother, and PTA president, I would always find time to write, even if that meant typing while I was cooking or brushing my teeth. Crossroads was written for a fast, fun reading with likable characters. Many have emailed me to let me know how Crossroads has helped them escaped from their everyday stress. Also, how they’ve connected to this book because of chapter one, having a loved one passed away. I took on a journey not knowing how rewarding it would be for me. I’ve meet so many wonderful people from all over the world through facebook, goodreads and blog sites. I’ve made everlasting friendship where friendship knows no boundaries. And I have to thank my grandmother who continues to watch over me from Heaven.
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