Review of From Gods by Mary Ting

184626431Rating: 4/5

Published: October 7th, 2013, self-published

Length: 380 pages

Source: Received a review copy from Barclay Publicity

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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?

I feel like I shouldn’t have liked this book as much as I did, but that doesn’t change the fact that I really, really enjoyed this. It’s definitely not a perfect book, but it was  entertaining and had enough great things about it that I didn’t care very much about the flaws.

Let me talk about the things that I didn’t like first. First of all, I think this definitely could have used a bit more revision. There weren’t many mistakes (meaning there weren’t many grammatical errors), but there were some bits that definitely could have (and should have) been improved. For example, towards the beginning of the book, there’s a part where the same conversation is repeated almost exactly:

“Mason gazed around too, but he mostly stood by the door. ‘Did they take anything?’ he asked. Skylar sniffed and wiped her tears. ‘I don’t know. I’m afraid to go upstairs.’ She turned to Kayla, who was also wiping her tears away. ‘Do you know if they took anything?’ ‘Nothing down here that I can see, but I didn’t go upstairs yet. I’m afraid to.'”

Granted, it is two different people saying that, but it’s very repetitive and I think it could have been changed to make the two conversations more distinct. There was another scene that seemed very “listy” – it came across as “these characters did this, then this, and finally did this.” Not really an error, but definitely something that could have been improved. Luckily though these are the only two sections that really stood out to me as needing improvement, so it’s not as if the whole story is written like that.

That’s all for things that really annoyed me though. There are some things that were kind of in between – they annoyed me a little bit, but I also kind of liked it. For example, Mason is your typical broody male love interest. He’s very hot and cold. He’s nice to Skylar one second, making sure she’s okay and being really sweet to her, and then the next second he’s pushing her away, telling her not to get close to him. I admit I kind of like the “broody love interest” trope so I didn’t mind much, but it did get frustrating at times.

After reading the blurb, it seems like this is your typical fantasy/paranormal story where the protagonist finds out all of a sudden that she’s special and not the boring old human she thought she was. Although this is what happens, trust me when I say it has a little bit of a twist that makes it more unique than you’d expect.

I really liked the incorporation of mythology. I thought it was interesting and was pretty unique, although I would have liked mythology to be a bit more present in the story. It seems that its only real impact on the story was to explain why people had the powers that they had. I don’t know exactly what I would have liked to see with it, but I just wish there had been more of it.

I realize this review ended up sounding pretty negative, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this immensely. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about this book that I loved so much. I think I liked this as much as I did simply because it was exactly the kind of book I needed at the moment. It wasn’t perfect yet I had such a hard time putting it down and I genuinely really enjoyed reading it. I will definitely be picking up the other books in the series.

Don’t let my complaints deter you from reading this! It really is a fun book that will have you feeling all kinds of things. You’ll be excited, nervous, happy – you name it. If you like paranormal, fantasy, and/or romance, please give this book a try! It’s included with Kindle Unlimited too, so if you have that you have no excuse not to give it a shot. 🙂

A big thank you to Barclay Publicity for sending me a review copy!

4 stars

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