Friday, March 14, 2014

From Gods

From Gods, by Mary Ting

Summary from

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 decedents 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?

Review after the jump:

So this book was pretty bad. I would probably give it 2 stars because I enjoyed reading it to the extent that I liked making fun of it and finding all the ridiculousness of the story. But everywhere  I look this thing gets 5 star reviews so to balance out the insanity I'm giving it 1's across the board. I wouldn't even let Mia and Bailey touch it. They don't have time to read garbage like this.

The plot line was contrived at best, the same formula for each scene in the book. It was predictable from the get go, and there was nothing new or imaginative about it. The idea of "gods" was there but there wasn't much mythology to back anything up; the term "gods" was used to explain the reason for the main male character to have lightning powers, that's about it. I suppose you could say that the "gods" aspect led to the reveal of her powers but really you could substitute any type of magic from any type of source and have the same story. Making it revolve around Greek gods just makes it trendy, it's not something that is required for the plot to work. If you can call this a working plot.

The characters were annoying, I didn't really like anyone. People got from point A to point B with no real explanation of did they get back across a ravine if the only bridge fell on their first time across? Things like that irk me. The romance was ridiculous, especially in the end when it was obvious that something about her could seriously kill him. The whole thing was poorly thought out and, really, just word vomit on the page.

Don't waste your $0.99! Your time is worth much more than that! I would not recommend this book.


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