From Gods by Mary Ting – Review

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Synopsis:

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 before she 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?

**My Review**

From Gods by Mary Ting is a creative, modern twist on the Greek Mythology tales that have captivated countless generations and inspired countless authors.  In From Gods we meet Skylar who seems like an ordinary teenager dealing with everything from the loss of her father to starting college to falling in love.  But, we quickly learn that not everything about her is so mundane especially after a chance encounter with the drop-dead gorgeous Mason and his mysterious family.  Literally, sparks fly between them and he has a habit of unexpectedly turning up when she needs him the most.

For me, the book started out very slow and most readers would be tempted to put it down and never pick it up again but PLEASE give it a chance – the pace picks up, romance blossoms, mysteries unravel and the action intensifies.  This is the 7th book I’ve read from the author and if I have come to expect anything from her books it is that she never disappoints her readers.  From Gods is a well written tale with descriptive scenery, smooth plot delivery and characters that make you care about what happens to them.  Having said that there is a major cliffhanger, something I usually dislike in books, but I know that I will be waiting with bated breath to read the sequel.

If you are looking for a refreshing YA read with just the right combination of action, mystery, romance and suspense then From Gods is the book that you do not want to miss out on!

**4.5/5 Stars**

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Bio:  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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Teaser 

Unexpectedly, she felt arms cuddling her, carrying her out the door. Immediately, she knew it was him. Being in Mason’s arms made her speechless, and she didn’t want to move a muscle. He laid her down on a wooden bench and bent down on his knee.

Skylar held her eyes closed, but opened them slowly when he brushed the strands of her hair away from her face. Afterward, surprisingly, when his hand slid down tenderly to her cheek, she felt a slight tingling sensation around the area that he touched. Whatever it was that she felt definitely came from him. It was like something between a mild shock and heat, but it wasn’t painful; in fact, it felt pleasurable and soothing, and she didn’t understand how he was doing it.

Peering up, she caught his eyes as they held hers, through space, through time, through her soul. Sparks flew and some kind of connection Skylar didn’t understand erupted through her. Though she didn’t want this feeling, she had no other choice, for her heart longed to know him even more.

Mason blinked his eyes, looking frazzled and concerned. “Are you okay?” His tone was softer than usual.

Anchoring her trembling hands on the bench, she raised herself up and rested her back against the wall.

What everyone is saying:

“A fast paced adventure full of mystery, action, magic and romance! Readers won’t be able to put this book down!” InD’tale Magazine

“A story that is Electrifying with love. Get ready to be shocked!” Janie, Crossangels

“From Gods takes mythology to a whole new level of imagination with its incredible plot and amazing characters. It’s full of hotness that you never want to end!” Michele, Insane About Books

“From Gods by the AMAZING AUTHOR Mary Ting is OMGods good!! If you even LIKE Greek Mythology, set aside some time because you will DEVOUR Mary Ting’s Demi Gods and Vultures!!!” Mindy, Books Complete Me

“This book is “electric” as it blends paranormal romance, mythology (which I love), action and suspense together for an amazing read. Mary Ting, you’ve done it again! This book exceeded my expectations and I was literally blown away as if I were struck by lightning!” Vanessa, Fairiechick’s Fantasy Book Reader

“Get ready for an action packed suspenseful ride through this story. Mythology at its best and electric characters. This one will leave you begging for more!” Brittany, Spare Time Book

“This was just the jolt I needed! Mary Ting offers us mythology fans her own electrifying spin on Demi-God Greatness filled with suspense, comedy, romance, & mystery! I am officially a From Gods’ Fan! Can. Not. Wait. For. More.” Jeni’s Bookshelf

“One of those books you can’t stop reading. Amazing, magical, tender and at the same time incredibly sexy. A must read!” Anncleire, Please Another Book

“With his stunning good looks, dark mysterious nature and his knack for saving her life, how could Skyler not fall for Mason. The question is, can she break through the wall surrounding his heart while her life is at risk again and again.” Ellie, EllieSewSweet

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