By: Mary Ting
Narrated By: Emma Lysy
Series: Descendant Prophecies
GoodReads Summary: 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 decedents 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?
(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.