Saturday, April 4, 2015

From Gods (Descendant Prophecies #1)

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 descendants 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?
- Goodreads

Well, hello there, good-looking Grand. All four of ya. Except for Remus. Remus, you suck.

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Bad demigod. You get no cookie.

I was so excited when I saw this for free on Amazon. In the beginning I desperately tried to figure it all out before the last page but obviously the plot is thicker than the first book. Darn. lol.

Skylar isn't the average girl she thought she was, and when her dad disappeared, I thought he was a god, but then of course she meets Mason, who- after saving her countless times and confusing the hell out of her with his hot/cold *don't look at me* attitude -tells her that they're all dead and their descendants are the only things that remain of them.

Mason and his other three half-brothers come from Zeus' line, but with the speculation of Skylar being a demigod, Remus and Everette are the first to question if she is the 'keeper of death', a title they heard from a prophecy concerning them and the rest of the good/evil fighters. After yet another attack by creatures, Mason takes her to his house for safekeeping but leaves to go do something. His half-brother, Remus, and the one that gives Skylar the creeps, comes home with two women, only to throw them out the second he smells Skylar's sweet scent. She was raised human so obviously she denies anything Remus has to say about her real heritage, but when he tries to rape her, she fights back, and somehow ends up turning him to stone before he turns to ash and disappears.

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What? Dude had it coming. You can't rape and think you won't get punished for it.
Just saying.

She freaks out at what just happened and runs away. Mason eventually coaxes her back to trusting him, but she still feels weird being around his family, knowing that she killed their brother. Yes, Remus was an ass, but he still had his moments, and it makes her feel worse when the others start wondering where he's gone off to. It alerts Everette to thinking that Skylar is somehow in the middle of it all. He's right.

They search for the Oracles only to find the last one, and she looks into Skylar's soul and sees-


Skylar's the descendant of children born from Hades and Medusa. Did the stone-thing clue you in? Yeah, it did for me, too. You see, when the gods realized that they were slowly dying, Zeus and Poseidon decided to spread their seeds to continue living in some way or form. Hades was banned from the fun things so to keep up, he produced with Medusa. Skylar learns this parentage from a 'cousin' of hers, a redhead named Alena who's a crazy stalker. She is working for someone higher up, someone powerful enough to control the vultures and creatures that kill demigods. But Sky isn't evil. She just has the blood of evil people lol.

And she isn't alone. There are other descendants of Hades, but she is the rare few whose blood can kill with just one touch. When Mason and his family are kidnapped by the Oracle and Alena, she saves them. Everette and Amanda- the brothers' 'cousin' they helped out -decide not to kill her after they hear why she killed Remus, but they still don't think she's the greatest. She then becomes a priority to protect, but when Alena attacks again, she takes Skylar's blood and turns them into weapons by mixing them with bullets. Kinda reminds you of Constantine with Keanu Reeves.

No? Well fine, then.
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The last battle ends with two of Poseidon's sons coming to help Skylar and Mason frying Alena to a crisp.

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Noah and Tim were the creepers following Skylar everywhere throughout the book, but it turns out that they were given the orders to protect her at all costs. By who? They won't say. Annoying, right? Right.

It ends with a whole bunch of gooey shit that seemed a little surprising for me because Mason was never like that up until the epilogue. And maybe like, five other scenes that I can think of. And the epilogue- her dad suddenly decides to come back! Why? Because she's been found?

I wanna know how special Skylar is among Hades' descendants. And I wanna know what's up with her dad. And those cutie surfer dudes. If they surf. lol.

It was an overall good read. A lot of things were redundant (repeating something in the details and then the dialogue) as well as some phrases like 'they grinned like blah blah'- people can grin, totally, but using a particular line for three different scenes and human experiences is a little redundant as well. Some characters seemed two-dimensional, and even Mason felt a little 'eh' in some scenes. The texting is a pet peeve, using 'giggle' instead of 'lol' or 'smiles' instead of ':)'. However, if it's intentional, then it's pretty cute.

I recommend this book to those who love anything of the Greek pantheon. It's a slow buildup to the real story, but it's free on Amazon, so you can't lose. I gave it four stars.

Happy Reading =^~^=

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