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Friday, July 22, 2016

Blog Tour & Review - From Gods (Descendant Prophecies) by Mary Ting

Title: From Gods
(Descendant Prophecies #1)
Author: Mary Ting
Category: Young Adult

***2013 InD'Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA**** 
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? 

Don’t blame Mother Nature. 

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?

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International Bestselling, Award-Winning, 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.

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Oh, well, who doesn’t love a good story involving Greek mythology? I certainly do, and when it promises me adventure and romance, then you can count on me to read it and probably enjoy it.

We meet Skylar when she’s driving to her aunt’s place to spend a few weeks with her cousin and best friend, Kayla. The girls always get together during summer and Skylar is so eager to see her cousin again that she can’t stop texting while driving. That’s when she’s pulled over by a cop, who happens to be super cute (and about her age, so don’t go getting any ideas). Even after he lets her go, Skylar is still thinking about him.

To her surprise, Skylar and the cute cop meet again at her aunt’s diner, but he pretends not to know her and denies being the cop who pulled her over.  Of course Skylar is immediately intrigued by the mysterious cop-not-a-cop, and when Kayla starts flirting with his brother, Skylar sees the opportunity to get to know her crush better.

Well… it so happens that Mason (the cop-not-a-cop’s name) is the son of Zeus with a human, and he has some serious superpowers. And so do his brothers. So, yeah, you don’t get one son of Zeus, but at least three more – two, if you consider that one of them doesn’t stick around long enough.

Of course the moment Skylar and her cousin get closer to the boys, their lives start to turn upside down. But while we do get to see a little of Kayla’s POV, most of the story follows Skylar, so her life gets messier than her cousin’s.

Skylar is a strong young girl. She doesn’t simply run away screaming when monsters start to knock on her door. With Mason’s help, she fights them (the best way she can) and insists on knowing what the heck is going on. I liked that about her.

The story has enough twists to keep you entertained, including ones that put Skylar in a position of power. I won’t talk much about it because of SPOILERS, but let’s just say that Skylar doesn’t turn out to be another damsel in distress. She has enough power to get herself out of trouble, if she learns how to use it right.

The romance between Skylar and Mason is another big part of the story, and it was fun to watch them grow closer and finally embrace what they felt for each other, putting their fears and insecurities aside.

The story ends in a cliffhanger that will surely have readers anxious for the next book.

Overall, Mary Ting’s Descendant Prophecies series brings a group of descendants of the Greek gods getting in trouble and falling in love, so if you’re into that sort of thing, I think you’ll enjoy this book.

Title: From Deities
(Descendant Prophecies #2)

A mysterious stranger enters Skylar’s inner circle, destroying her precarious peace. She begins college amid new secrets, emerging powers, fresh dangers, and a potential stepfather. 

In New Olympus, a hidden dwelling place for descendants of the gods, she finally gets answers. But can she trust them? Skylar and the Grand family must work together with these descendants to discover the key to their rescue from the evolving, evil vultures of Hades. 

As the threat increases, Skylar must learn to control her newfound powers and decide who to trust before it’s too late.

Title: From Origins
(Descendant Prophecies #3)

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Faced with an impossible choice, Skylar and the other descendants embark on a deadly quest to the underworld to confront Hades, who has been plotting to kill them all. 
They discover the ancient gods are not dead, as once believed, but are instead held captive in a secret location. In order to save the world from destruction at the hands of Hephaestus, the descendants must rescue their ancestors, the gods of Olympus. 
Skylar learns more about her bloodline and her powers, but there is a heavy price to pay. The darkest forces known to man are about to return to reclaim their stolen kingdom.

Title: From Titans
(Descendant Prophecies #4)

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Everyone is searching for Mason. 

Zeus sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success. A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter Eris’s world to rescue him. 

At the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete, but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued. 

The Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus. No one is safe. Not even the humans.

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