Sunday, May 1, 2016

*Review* From Origins by Mary Ting

Genre: YA/Paranormal
Published: March 27, 2015
Pages: 248


Faced with an impossible choice, Skylar and the other descendants embark on a deadly quest to the underworld to confront Hades, who has been plotting to kill them all. 
They discover the ancient gods are not dead, as once believed, but are instead held captive in a secret location. In order to save the world from destruction at the hands of Hephaestus, the descendants must rescue their ancestors, the gods of Olympus.
Skylar learns more about her bloodline and her powers, but there is a heavy price to pay. The darkest forces known to man are about to return to reclaim their stolen kingdom.


I was hired to proofread this book. At this point, the author is probably aware that a review would happen, but it was not part of our agreement. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

For some reason, I had it in my head that this was the last book in the series (it's not), so the ending came as quite a surprise to me. Like the other books in this series, the ending leaves room for more to happen (which makes sense because it's a series.) You should read the series in order though, although it's not absolutely necessary for each story to make sense.

While reading, I felt a little bit like things were happening too easily for Skylar. There was conflict, but it didn't involve much real suspense in my opinion. It's possible that is simply because I have read so much of Ms. Ting's work recently that I'm pretty familiar with her style, but this book failed to pull me to the edge of my seat like the previous books did.

Overall I give From Origins 3.5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

International Bestselling 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. 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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