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From Gods by Mary Ting
Published October 17th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? Don’t blame Mother Nature.
Skylar Rome should have been having the best summer ever, before heading off to college. Suddenly her whole life changes while visiting her cousin, and meeting the Grand brothers; Mason, in particular. Though she’s sure he is someone she should stay away from, the attraction was undeniable.
Strange things begin to happen, throwing Skylar’s life into turmoil. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world where the descendants of ancient gods have super powers, and evil beings are after her. Not only are her discoveries difficult to accept, but now 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?
Everyone knows by now that I am a mythology addict. I just gobble it all up. I always loved mythology in high school and college (I almost minored in greek studies. I had enough classes to.) And then once I discovered Young Adult mythology books it was like the gods were smiling at me. Two of my favorite things combines together. Umm, YES PLEASE! But a lot of the books star to seem a little similar after a while, but that is not something that bugs me. It is a formula that works for me. But From Gods is from a new and fresh perspective. Which was really great! It is told from the Demi Gods generation and it was a fun and kind of mysterious action adventure story. This is the second book I have read by Mary Ting. (the other one was a new adult written under M. Clarke name) and I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of hers now. She knows how to tell a story and make it come to life.
Fans of mythology and of adventure tales need to read From Gods. Skylar has a mysterious father that her mom never likes to talk about, but when she visits her cousin Kayla she meets a group of hot “brothers”. She is drawn to Mason, but there is no form of insta love in this story. In fact most of the time, they are each trying to deny that they even like the other one. The brothers are demi gods, but even once Skylar finds that out, we still don’t really know what she is. She doesn’t seem to have the same kind of powers as the other guys, and I couldn’t think of which god her special ability reminded me of. It was a big surprise to be for a lot of the book. You have to wait a while to get your answers, but it is worth it.
I loved how protective Mason was of Skylar, even when he was denying that he liked her. The dynamic between the two of them becomes more and more adorable and intense as the book goes on. It felt like a natural progression for me. I think that is one of Mary’s talents- writing swoonworthy and completely believable relationships/dynamics between people. I love reading about her characters. Not to mention that there are super creepy Vultures all over the place and a quest like adventure, make this book an absorbing and fascinating read. From Gods is a great and different addition to the Young Adult Mythology genre.
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. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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