Saturday, October 8, 2011

Crossroads by Mary Ting

Crossroads by Mary Ting

Publisher: World Castle
Release Date: July 29, 2011
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Age Level: Young Adult
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound

Claudia Emerson has a good friend who shares the same first name and last name. That friend unfortunately dies in a tragic accident during homecoming dance. Claudia is distraught at the loss of her friend, but is even more disturbed by her dreams, which seem to take her to another place called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth. It is where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. Where, Claudia meets Michael, a nephilim, a half angel, half human, whom she often meets in her dreams. It turns out that this isn’t her first visit to Crossroads, which is an enigma for no human can ever travel there until Claudia.

Now the fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special and it is up to Michael and the other nephilims to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed, about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should? (Goodreads)

Ting’s debut novel is a unique story about angels, the fallen, half angels, and demons. Crossroads is a place between Earth and Heaven where Alkin (half angels) reside, and where humans go when they have a near death experience. The protagonist, Claudia, has never had such an experience yet she keeps accidentally ending up there, and no one is sure why.

This isn’t a book I would have normally picked up myself, and I was surprised by how much I liked it! However, I did have a few problems with it overall. I love a good romance but this was a little over the top for me in the mushy romance category… though Michael, Claudia’s guardian angel is definitely swoon-worthy! I really enjoyed the well-rounded cast of characters, but all the new relationships seemed instantaneous, for both friendships and love.

What I enjoyed most about this story was the characters! I really liked the dynamics between Michael, Davin, Vivian, and Caleb. I loved Claudia’s close relationship with her Gamma, it reminded me of mine with my Granny. I also enjoyed her interactions with friends Patty and Kristina.

If you’re a fan of angel stories and romance, I think you’ll enjoy Crossroads. If you’d like to learn more about the story behind Crossroads and the author Mary Ting, or watch the book trailer, check out her guest post from when she visited last month! Also, there's still time left to enter to win Crossroads (contest ends on 10/19/11).
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