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Review: From Gods by by Mary Ting

Visit the world of Descendant Prophecies in FROM GODS by Mary Ting…

About FROM GODS (Descendant Prophecies Book 1)

***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?

Review:

Skylar is your typical carefree teenager. She spends every summer with her cousin Kayla who she can’t wait to see.  It is the last summer before they both go off to college and of course the only thing they want to do is hang by the beach and look for boys. Things may have taken a little turn in their plans when Kayla has to work at her mom’s dinner because they are shorthanded. That does not seem to stop the boy plans however when the Grand brothers come into eat.  Hot is an understatement. Skylar seems to have an instant attraction to Mason Grand, but the grand brothers is not what they seem.  Skylar soon finds out and is introduced to a world that has only existed in books.  This new world seems to be sucking Skylar in and in the dead way.  Who is she and why are they trying to kill her.  Skylar is learning that she is not who she thought she was.  Not only is she fighting for her life but for her identity as well. Who is she?

Cute story, faced paced, interesting twist on Demi Gods.  There were a few holes in the story, especially when Skylar does go back to college after fighting for her life.  but am thinking I may learn more in the next installment.  Definitely will pick it up and finish the series, the way book one ended I have no choice, I have to know.

If you like young adult fantasy with a twist of romance and demi gods.  Then I recommend.

 Tammy

4 Stars

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Author Bio:

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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Book Review: The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Prince

Synopsis:

Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.



Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

AUTHOR BIO:

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

Author links:

http://danilynalexander.com/

https://www.facebook.com/danilyn.alexander.1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779758.Dani_Lyn_Alexander

https://twitter.com/DaniLynAlexande

Review:

Ryleigh Donnovan lost her parents at a young age and now her grandmother just a week ago.   Just 17 years old she is forced to look after her sister Mia and not let anyone know that her grandmother died.  They had no money, Ryleigh had to find a job to keep them fed.   It would have been alright if she was even old enough to be her sister’s guardian or if an earth quake didn’t erupt during her interview.  She struggled to find her sister in the aftermath of the earthquake. She went back down to the first floor where she had left her. She could not walk any more, later she found herself in the hospital, could this day get any worse? She needed to quickly get out of their before they really started  asking questions. She finally had to rely on some stranger to help them get out without being noticed.

Jackson Maynard, to become a death dealer he had to obtain, kill and bring Ryleigh back to the kingdom of Cymmera. Not exactly in that order. Something about her stopped him.  Now he has to face his father and possibly be charged with treason for going against a direct order.  Jackson’s father banished him and stripped him of all powers with the help of Kai. The kings trusted advisor who bides by the rules and seems to hate Jackson.  Jackson was given three months to prove his case of why he could not do it.   Will what he find be enough to keep them both alive.

It was an interesting story, I was definitely entertained. Very fast paced and action packed from the beginning. You understood the characters especially Ryleigh who would fight to her death to protect her sister. Even if it meant trusting Jackson who’s soul purpose of being in her existence was to kill her. Jackson’s and Ryleigh’s romance evolved through the story, you felt apart of it.  I enjoyed the story and recommend it.

4 Stars

Tori