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: a swoon-worthy demigod and 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 that her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. One of the Grand brothers she'd, Mason, saves her life right after meeting her when she nearly drowns at the beach due to unknown forces. 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.
Strange things begin to happen after she meets the brothers. 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 who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, but 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?
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interesting blend of old and new supernatural
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Wanna know something interesting? This book was on my wish/to-be-read list for a while. And…then…came the exchange. That usually never happens. I mean, the first time I even hear about the books get for free in exchange for an honest review is when the opportunity comes to do the review. The normal ritual is to read only the summary, ignore any reviews and make up my own mind without influence.
That so did not happen here. I’d already read the summary, skimmed the reviews (good and bad) and made up my mind to read it “someday.” This one, I knew, was right up my alley from the start so it already had a tiny bias before I even pressed play.
So how to do an unbiased review…? I put it aside to listen to after a couple of other books so that nothing except the summary would be fresh in my mind. I curled up on my front porch after dark, which is my favorite time and place to listen. Then I pressed play.
Sometimes I think that characters are created to be perfectly oblivious, never able to connect the dots. So it’s with a bit of frustration that I listened to the first few chapters. I mean really, aside from those stories set in entirely different universes, we have such a broad range of movies, books and even songs that tell a story and teach a lesson. How can the main character of a book never put on her big girl panties and confront the questions she has in her head full on?
Skylar never seems to ask the right questions at the right time. She’s supposed to be strong and independent, but really she just kind of peters out…at various points of the story.
Now, having said that, there are moments where I just wanna cheer her on. And sometimes I have to set aside my assumptions. Just because I would react a certain way to certain circumstances, does not mean the character would react the same way. (This is something I sometimes have to smack into my head while I’m reading a particularly frustrating heroine. It would do others good to remember that sometimes, too. I understand it’s hard. Otherwise, the remembering wouldn’t be a smack!)
I do love the premise: Gods and Goddesses and their kids forced to hide like witches among humans. The mythology introduced in this first book will likely make me check out the second.
However, I’m not blown away by the writing. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only grammar Nazi out here in a world where passive voice has taken over. Otherwise highly impactful thoughts and actions become a melted mess when passive voice reigns. It is so much easier to overlook most grammar issues when listening.
So…on to narration.
Emma Lysy’s soft voice is pleasant. She could very easily fall into a whiny, obnoxious tone, but doesn’t. Her voice fits into that just right place where I can listen without zoning out while about my daily grind.
If you’re wanting a sweet, yet interesting diversion for a day, I do recommend this, the first book in the series.
- A. Sines
I really enjoyed this!!!
Interesting, mysterious, exciting!
I liked the whole concept of this story,,,it was an interesting twist on the YA genre...no vamps, or weres....DEMI GODS!!! Super cool idea!
No I have not, but she hasa sweet voice and I like her narration very much!
hate this question....but this would be a cool new series..maybe for the CW!!!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This was a very interesting twist on the YA fantasy genre...You have Skyler an 18yr old seemingly normal girl going on her normal summer vacay to her cousins...she has been doing this since she was young and looks forward to this every year...Skyler's Dad left her and her mom when she was 8...so until recently it has always just been her and her mom...so she likes going to her cousins very much. On her way into town she is pulled over by a very attractive cop...and this is where the mystery begins! Her cousin and her are working this summer at her Aunts diner and guess who comes in for a visit? The hot cop and his brother...although he claims he has never met her....Well Skyler is no ordinary girl...and these are no ordinary guys....Skyler keeps finding herself in dangerous, almost deadly situations and Mason aka hot cop..lol is always around to save her...he tries not to like her...but as it tends to happen..sparks begin to fly..but this time literally...Well the guys are Demi Gods,,descendants of Zeus...and Skyler is what they call the keeper of death....and this makes her highly wanted by many other scary things out there....this was a good listen..I was never bored...and I will definitely continue this series!!!
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