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Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Review: Crossroads by Mary Ting




Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)

Crossroads is the exciting debut novel by Mary Ting. Claudia Emerson is the main character. She just lost a dear friend who had the same first and last name. Claudia finds she is able to visit a world called Crossroads in her dreams. It's a place where humans shouldn't be able to enter. Her ability to travel between the two worlds catches the attention of some less than friendly beings, putting her life in danger. Michael is the Nephilim bad boy put in charge of keeping Claudia safe, but everything is about to change as their forbidden love grows and secrets are revealed.

This was a very entertaining story. Crossroads contains action, twists, and romance that has you flipping through the pages so fast that you're at the end and ready for more before you know it. The strong romantic attachment came on very early in the book for Claudia and Michael. It would have been nice to see Micheal's attitude hang around a little longer to build up some anticipation. Even though their relationship intensified so quickly, the pace of the story itself flowed naturally. Claudia was a little overbearing with her questions, and she spoke more grown up than people her age normally would. It was unnatural at times, but through this, a lot of your own questions are answered as you read. The characters, as a whole, are very loveable. The author gave just enough detail that her readers can easily picture the story as they read. The story reels you in. The author put a lot of thought into creating her angels and the story behind them. Their world is fascinating.

I loved that Mary Ting included prayer, church, and other Christian themes within the story. I feel like this is missing from most angel related books that I've read lately. It made the story more relatable to me, and she pulled it off without making you feel like you were being preached at. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. The story can go in many directions, and I'm excited to see what happens next.

Crossroads is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and World Castle Publishing.

To learn more about this book and the author, visit the Mary Ting's website, Twitter, and Facebook page.

You can also view this review on Examiner

Check out my reviews of some of Mary Ting's books!

Source: This book was sent by the author for review. The opinions are my own. A very special thank you to Mary Ting!

15 comments :

  1. Hey! I love your blog and I love your review! :) I loved that book too, it was really good! We should def collaborate on some sort of event or something because it looks like we have the same taste in books :)

    Books Ahoy @ books-ahoy.blogspot.com

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  2. Love the title of your blog!

    I love what you read, we have similar tastes!

    I am about to read Crossover as well as part of a blog tour!

    New follower!

    Amie@momreadsmybooks.blogspot.com

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  3. Books Ahoy: Thank you for commenting on my blog.. You're right, we do have the same taste in books. Collaborating on an event would be super fun!

    Amie: Thank you so much! I love your blog too! I love meeting people with the same book tastes. You'll have to tell me how you like Crossroads once you're done. :o)

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  4. Following from the FNF Blog Hop! I LOVE your blog!! I am an avid bookworm...Which is not very productive with three toddlers but I digress lol

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  5. Thanks for stopping by!! I'm following you too now. I looove the name! LOL! Too cute!

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  6. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your blog! I like to read a little bit of everything too! Put it in front of me and I will read it! New follower! I can't wait to read more reviews!

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  7. Thanks Sarah!! I'm following you too! I don't know if you'll see this response so, I'm about to send you an email. lol :o)

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  9. Thanks TigerEyes2001! I'm following your blog now too and your twitter :o)

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  10. Sounds great!

    I'm a new follower from the Finding New Friends hop.Hope you can stop by www.mamasmusingsblog.blogspot.com

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  11. Following you by GFC from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop.

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  12. Stopping by from BSN to follow you . What an interesting site -very creative and love the design.
    I'm a historical fiction fan - love stories about the renaissance and feudal periods in history.

    Please stop by and follow me at http://encorehomestagingredesign.blogspot.com

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  13. Crossroads sounds interesting. I would have loved this growing up- and will probably love it now. I was always reading books about traveling to other worlds and dimensions! I am putting this on my tbr list.

    I found you through Book Blogs and signed up to follow you. When you have a chance- please stop by and follow the blog for my middle grade novel that I am hoping to get published. http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/
    Also, my co-author, Stephanie, liked your fb page today. Please like us back at: http://www.facebook.com/fairday

    Take care-
    Jess- although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can't figure out why that happens sometimes and I can't fix it. :)

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  14. Hi Jess! Thank you for visiting, and following, and liking. LOL I'm about to make my rounds to return the favor to you. :o) Good luck with your novel! I hope you get published too!

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  15. Mary! I wasn't ignoring you! lol Thank you for stopping by too. I'm on my way to your blog now too. :o)

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