From Gods

From Gods

by Mary Ting


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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 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?

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ISBN-13: 9781492360636
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/09/2013
Series: Descendant Prophecies
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Author 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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From Gods 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Skylar is spending her summer with her cousin and best friend Kayla. She cant wait to get there and have the best summer ever! On her way there she is pulled over by a cop. He is young and gorgeous and Skylar is struck dumb but she does notice that his name is Doug though! She tells her cousin about the swoony Doug when she gets there. Both Kayla and Skylar start work in Kaylas mums diner. While there in walks the swoony cop but Skylar finds out his name is Mason. Why would he have a different name tag? Is he even a cop? When she finds out her whole life is turned upside down.  I was really looking forward to reading this. I love anything to do with greek gods and mythology and while it didn't blow me away it was a good read!  Here's what I liked I liked Skylar but she wasn't the strongest character because at times I felt she was too passive and insecure. I'm hoping in book 2 she will come into her own more and be stronger.  I really liked Mason. He is fighting against his feelings for Skylar. He doesn't want to get close to anyone after what happened his mother. He felt responsible and now tries to keep everyone at a distance. For me his struggle with his feelings really made me feel for him!! I wanted him to be happy and rooted for him the whole time. He is kind, gorgeous and a demi god, need I say more!!! I also liked the idea of the demi gods and the mythology and the fact that they are fighting Hades monsters.  Now onto what I disliked.  I didnt like the fact that the first 20% of the book felt like all it was about was Skylar making moon eyes at Mason! I felt that nothing much happened in that time other than that. It was slow starting and nearly turned me off reading the rest. The romance between Skylar and Mason annoyed me at times too, running hot and cold. I know that Mason was struggling with his feelings but I felt Skylar was a bit of a pushover. He was hot and heavy then backed way off Skylar just kept taking him back. Overall though I enjoyed From Gods. It had enough action and suspense to keep everyone happy. Its a near perfect blend of Mythology and romance and was a good start to what I hope is an amazing series. I look forward to book 2 to see what happens.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
From Gods is an achingly beautiful and superbly electrifying journey of impossible self-discovery, true life-changing love, and non-stop adventure. This is one story that I just couldn’t let go of. The magnetic draw of the exquisite characters and the masterful plot proved too much for me to be able to put this book down until I reached the end. My love of mythology, the lost art of chivalry, and the transforming power of pure love held my heart captive, and I was unable to remove my eyes from the brightly charged magnetism that was the soul of this stunning piece of artistry. You do not know what you are missing until you dive pell-mell into this all-consuming story of blinding purity, unrestrained heart, and brutal honestly. I was in complete and utter awe as I watched with bated breath the slow but stunning relationship that developed between Skylar and Mason. While Mason fought his feelings for Skylar, I was completely overjoyed to see him treat her with the gentle respect and delicate tenderness that all females should receive. To see that the concept and pursuit of chivalry is not dead elevated this story to a whole new level for me and endeared it to my heart. Skylar served as an inspiration to me. She displayed an inner strength that kept her firmly rooted in reality while the world around her was anything but logical. While her heart was in an almost constant state of inner turmoil over Mason’s confusing displays of emotion towards her in addition to the newly discovered revelations that changed her view of the world around her and of who she really was, she was able to keep it in check and move beyond it. Instead of falling apart at the seams whenever her world was uprooted, she chose to concentrate on the good and positive things that she found in the midst of these changes – the support and love her friends and family, a possible new relationship with Mason, and her new world of existence that lay before her. She pushed ever forward with utter surety that she would find the answers to her ever-demanding questions. Her strength was rooted in the group of people who became her family. Starting out as mere strangers, they come together despite their differences and transformed into the heroes that Skylar needed them to be. They were her heart, her protector, her encouragement, and her motivation to keep going. Without them, she would never have gotten as far as she did. Without them, she would have lost her heart, her mind, and her soul to the danger that jealously and fiercely tried to end her life. Mary Ting has without a doubt created a stunning and outstanding work of art in From Gods. I eagerly anticipate the sequel to this amazing story as I am officially hooked! Without hesitation, I am thoroughly impressed with Mary Ting’s amazing literary talent! To say that I am mildly looking forward to reading more from her, is a massive understatement. She is officially on my favorite authors of all-time list. I highly recommend that you don’t wait any longer to discover the incredible treasures written by this outstanding author! I know I’m not. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to find out more about Sky...oh and it has a cliff hanger...?
Anonymous 4 months ago
From Gods, By: Mary Ting A Review...Some spoiler alerts... I didn’t know what to expect when I put this free nook book in my cart. But figured I would give it a read and see where it lead... The first 70 pages pacing was a little slow for my racing mind but it picked up after that and I read it in 2 days. At a point I was contemplating putting it down but decided to press forward thinking there’s got to be action just by the title of the book so I held out and it paid off. When engrossed and coming upon a grammar error it throws me out of the story but I delved back in. Or if a word is used too often it sticks in my head and that pulls me out of the moment. When Sky dropped the lantern when in the cave, the writer went out of her way to avoid a...can’t think of the word(s)...but by explaining that she put the light out first to avoid an explosion. That happened a few times. I know because I’ve done it myself. (Oops) Try not to be so conspicuous. That said...the book had me wanting more. Wanting more dialogue from Skylar. Wanting Mace to be less standoffish with her. I enjoyed the book. But I have to say (spoiler alert) in the end when all of a sudden out of nowhere Mace proclaims his deep feelings for Skylar and bares his soul seemed a little far fetched given he had very little to say to her the whole time up to the end. That kind of blew it for me. I was glad he finally gave her some satisfaction after all the frustration but really? Lol He was absolutely swooning over her. But overall, I did enjoy the book. I liked the mythology and dimensional visitation elements and wish more time was devoted to developing these places. Although I suppose it was enough. I just wanted more which is a good sign. Each character was different. The attitudes and personas were notably different and didn’t share the same voice. A good thing. Being that this is for a younger age group (but for older teens into ya as another reviewer mentioned) the author does not get graphic or write erotica but it was flirty and I thought a few times it was going to go there then it didn’t. She left some things up to the imagination and detailed the heck out of other scintillating experiences. Once over the 80 page crest, the story moved. The writer kept it moving right along. I went for the ride and am glad I finished the book. There was a payoff at the end and there is a cliffhanger. Happy Reading!
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
Growing up in a world where evil is only human is scary enough...but add paranormal beasts and human-like gods with powers and that is nearly impossible to digest within a lifetime, let alone a couple of months. If you had to put your faith and trust into someone, how would you know who would hold true? With power and everyone having a secret agenda, outside of the human world, what would help you feel safe? Mary Ting has an interesting young adult novel, chalked full of magic and adventure. Skylar is on her way to her cousin's house for the summer. The weirdness begins when she is pulled over by an attractive police officer. He seems to flirt with her a bit, but then checks the trunk of her car, seemingly looking for something. After he lets her drive off, she heads to her cousin's house to dish the odd run in. After a good laugh and thinking that she would more than likely never see him again, he walks into her aunt's diner while they are helping out. With Skyler hiding behind the cash register, her cousin takes his order along with the other men that accompany him. Feeling like her world has just turned upside down, he begins to reject her questions about the reason for pulling her over and his name is different. Having more questions then answers, she doesn't understand why he mysteriously reverts from being around her, even though his brother and her cousin have started showing an interest in each other. And...that's not the only thing that sticks out as being odd. Skylar begins to feel like someone is watching her, everywhere she goes...she feels danger is after her. Ting has an entertaining story with great character development and originality. The story is written well and flows easily. Some of the scenes that occur do seem to pass easier than what reality would assume. These scenes lack some key emotions, indicating distance that should not be resolved as quickly as the author appears to allow. This should not deter readers from the book or series; however, the author could have made some scenes a lot more meaningful than a “brushing off the shoulder” feel since this is targeting a young adult audience. If you enjoy reading young adult fiction, paranormal, or fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. This is the first installment within the Descendant Prophecies; therefore, readers can jump right in. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for From Gods by Mary Ting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Once again, Author Mary Tings comes in with a solid story line and lovable characters in From Gods.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Well I definitely didn’t expect that! What a brilliant teen paranormal adventure and possible romance this novel turned out to be – absolutely riveting! Take a dose of mythology, add in suspense, romance and mystery and you are definitely in for an action packed thriller in this well crafted story, The story starts when 8 year old Skylar Rome’s father has left and she is so upset by this. He isn’t dead, that she could accept, but he’s left her life. He used to call her Sky, now no one is allowed to do so. It then continues with the older Sklyar who has gone to stay with her Aunt and cousin, Kayla. It is working in her aunt’s diner that she meets Mason Grand and his brothers. They are mutually attracted but he’s desperately trying to resist, so much so that he’s often downright rude. It is only when danger threatens that he comes to her rescue and secrets from mythology start to be revealed. It is also when shocking paranormal powers, more superpower allies and enemies are encountered and mythical creatures become part of her reality. As she tries to discover what all this means, there are far more shocking revelations to come. This is a fast paced, action packed young adult novel, a mix of mystery, thriller, paranormal, mythology and romance that is superbly crafted making this an enthralling read. It has great characters, with believable teen interactions and incredible otherworldly encounters. It had me totally enthralled from start to finish! Whilst this book does resolve some issues, it still ends on a dramatic cliffhanger, one that means now I can’t wait to read more in this brilliant series. Thanks to the author, publishers and Barclay Publicity, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
KourtniReads More than 1 year ago
This review was originally posted on my blog at 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. A big thank you to Barclay Publicity for sending me a copy in exchange for a review!
AmberSupernaturalandYARev More than 1 year ago
I rarely ever re read books because I hate reading something I already know the outcome to, however, it had been years since I read this the first time and completely forgot about the biggest part of it. I loved falling in love with the characters all over again. Mason and Skylar's story is phenomenal. Skylar is swept up in this world of unknown that she never would have imagined existed. She shows her vulnerability but that doesnt make her weak or anything, because she faces all her fears and everything head on. She never backs down especially when it comes to protecting those she loves. Mary Ting left us with quite a surprise at the end of From Gods and now I am anxious to see what awaits us in book two, From Deities. From Gods was full of action, excitement and so much more. I loved Mason and Nick's characters, they made you fall for them, they had it all, the hotness factor, money, powers, and they made me laugh, which is a good quality in any book boyfriend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well imagine and very well presented. Brought a new perspective on an old idea and I will read these of the series in a heartbeat
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A great story that kept my interest the entire time. I finished it in two days. Can't wait to read the next one!
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Skylar is staying at her Aunt's house for three weeks in the summer as she does each year. The cop that pulled her over, suspiciously off feeling event, and shows up at the Diner she's working with her cousin. Mason has a different name and seems surprised she remembers him. And he did not pull her over. But when their hands brush, or they touch, Skylar feels the shock that warms her. Then when Skylar and her cousin, Kayla, go to a beach bonfire, Skylar has a strange experience. Mason is now curious about Skylar too. He doesn't have time to fall for Skylar or a hurt heart, but when he saves her life he figures he may not have a choice. His heart is already calling to her. Skylar notices there are other guys that stare at her, at the mall and at the beach party. This sticks out in her mind. And worries Skylar when she sees them again. Even the stares of the older brother of Mason and Nick bothers Skylar. The intensity of it is far to much for her liking. I listened to this story. Emma, the narrator, has a young sounding voice to go with the young girls and YA feel of the story. Emma doesn't do extra voices for the characters but she reads Skylar and the characters well. She had one section where she repeated 4-6 words, which were missed in editing to remove I'm sure, but that was all. I was drawn into the story. Mary's story has captivated my attention and I WANT to know what happens, what is the story with Skylar and all the others. Oh, there was a turn of events that I was NOT expecting, and really liked it. Something that happens between Skylar and one of Mason's brothers. Wow, this took the story in a whole new line of thinking for me and my speculations. We get Skylar's POV. But Mason's too from time to time. Skylar seems to be relatable. She's the realistic one to see the signs of the "bad boys" or potential unsafe events and trusts her feelings. I like this about her. But she's a great friend above all else. She watches out for her cousin and best friend, Kayla. She talks to Kayla about why they should not do something. Yet Kayla is an adventurous 18 year old. She wants to have fun. I was there once too. I understand Kayla as well. Kayla takes her cousins thoughts and concerns and keeps them in mind but still wants to do things. Skylar goes with her all the same, to help Kayla if she needs it. Skylar is attracted to Mason, from the first moment she meets him. Mason is, from the mixed signals he sends, attracted to Skylar as well but he's fighting it. He feels he's broken and doesn't want to get close to any girl. But they both are falling. And so are we. *sigh* The flirting of Mason and Skylar... I do think Mason is one of my new favorite book boys. ;) Lots of girls are going to swoon over him. I would suggest this book for an older teen. Skylar is 18 years old. She feels the heat of desire and faces a potential intimate moment, good and bad. Oh heavens did I enjoy this story. The tension and attraction between the characters, the suspense to who or what she is, and the action moments. I WANT the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe I'm just weird about story flow but how can the prologue be in first person and the first chapter read as third person? I stopped reading, so sorry if my review isn't helpful to others and I may be missing out on a great read but...I'm sure I'll find others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the rest of the series. She always has a unique spin on the genre.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A YA modern day twist on Greek mythology filled with suspense, mystery, adventure...even humor! Note: This review contains NO spoilers I have always been fascinated with Greek mythology since a very young age. I also enjoy reading the different twists of mythology in various storytelling...including film and television. Yup! It's imagination and creativity at work! When I learned of Mary Ting's book, From Gods, I was intrigued with the synopsis. I am no expert in Greek mythology, but I have learned that the Gods did often "play" with humans; often times, creating offspring. And...this is what Mary created with her storytelling! Her take on the lives of these descendants of the Gods. I loved her knack for world building and character development. It flowed from beginning to end. The mystery she created when odd occurrences happening (especially the life threatening ones) to Skylar, after she met this alluring young man. With each chapter, the mystery and suspense was raised a notch as secrets were revealed. And, of course, that undeniable developing romance between our two characters, Skylar ad Mason. This modern day twist of what happens when these Greek Gods have children with humans is filled with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, and a little bit of Young Adult angst that made this read fun and entertaining. I fell in love with the characters as they grew from beginning to end...adapting and learning after each incident. Then...Mary just had to do it! She just had to leave me hanging with that cliffhanger of an ending when I got to the end of the book!!! REALLY!?! My heart just took a nose-dive into that swirling pool of "WHAT THE HELL!!??!!" Good thing that I have book two, From Deities, so I don't have to wait very long to find out what happened next! LOL! This fast-pace, suspenseful, thrilling, adventurous, and, often times, humorous twist on Greek mythology definitely is a delicious read that I couldn't put down...and left me wanting more!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Once Upon An Alpha in return for a fair and honest review. Who is Skylar Rome? She thinks she is a 'normal' eighteen-year-old about to spend some quality summer fun time with her best friend and cousin, Kayla. Instead, she finds herself immersed in stories straight out of legend, danger at every turn and not knowing who to trust. Of course, it doesn't help that the guy she feels attracted to seems to carry some serious baggage around with him as well as having a major chip on his shoulder. And his brothers don't seem any better. So what's a girl to do? This is a well written and fast-paced story with some basis in Greek legends although you don't need to know your history to enjoy it. There are some lines in this that will make your heart melt and at other times you want to smack someone upside the head because he's being so stupid - mentioning no names, trust me, you'll figure it out! I loved finding out about Skylar and who she is (although you still don't know half of it, I'm sure!) as well as learning more about the brothers and cousins. Definitely recommended for all fans of Paranormal Romance, Greek mythology and (I have to say it, I'm sorry!!!) Percy Jackson.
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t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
What a great read.  I loved the new spin put on the Gods and their decendents.  The characters are awesome and Mason is swoon worthy.  There is action, romance, mystery, and so much more that make this story a page turner.  I couldn't put it down!  Can't wait to see what happens next.  I'll be recommending this one!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning of From Gods I was lured in. This is a fast paced read that I absolutely couldn't put down. Skyler's life is about to change, and as a reader, I felt like I was going through it with her and learning about her as she learned about herself. I love the mythology/paranormal combination that makes up this story. I'm excited for more.  From Gods by Mary Ting was kindly provided to me by Good Choice Reading for review. The opinions are my own.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was a very, very great book. The way that Skylar falls for this guy that she doesn't know and he saves her and she keeps falling head over heels for him. Mason is dreamy and he tries so hard to keep this wall up around him so Skylar cant break it down, but she does and he likes it. I liked the parts when Mason shocks Skylar and how giddy Skylar gets around him. And when Mason calls her Sky and Kayla gets a little defensive because she knows that only Skylar's dad called her that. And when Skylar finally sees her dad after so many years, I don't know what to think about that yet. Just have to wait for Book 2 to come out. Great book Mary. Sincerely Amber Lee.