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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review: Crossroads by Mary Ting

Crossroads by Mary Ting
Pages: 315
Publisher: World Castle
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Blog Tour

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?
Crossroads was quite an interesting novel, pretty different than a lot of the books I've read recently. A girl named Claudia Emerson can travel during her sleep to this place called Crossroads, which is basically like a limbo-land for people in comas and such. She catches the eye of a handsome young half-angel, and from then her life is never the same.

I loved the concept of the Crossroads, and the concept of the alkins, but I felt like some of the angel mythology was a little too stereo-typical. Like, there's a city called Halo City, and well, that just sounded like a bit too much. But overall, it was a really interesting premise. I definitely want to see more of the inner-workings of the angel hierarchy, and maybe meet some other alkins, or full-blown angels in later books!

Character-wise, I liked Claudia, although I felt like she flew through so many emotions so quickly that it was kinda like "Whoa, there, slow down!" But she was kind-hearted and cared deeply for her family and friends, and very likable. The alkins, including the love interest Michael, were all amazing! I loved each of their distinct personalities! The only problem was there was some insta-love between Claudia and Michael. I would have loved to see their relationship build more gradually. They have an ultimate forbidden romance--the alkin can't fall in love with humans--so more tension would have been a delicious addition to the story. But still, Michael was romantic and loving, and I want to read more of him!

The writing was really the only part that fell a little flat for me. I felt like there was quite a bit of telling instead of showing, and some of the dialogue felt stilted. Mary Ting definitely had a unique and descriptive writing style, I just feel like it could have been fine-combed and polished up a bit more.

Overall, I give Crossroads 3.5 out of 5 stars! 


  1. Oh, wow this one sounds really unique. I love the cover! Thanks for posting, I will add this one to my wishlist.

  2. This one sounds really good.
    I know, I hate it when the writing falls a little flat, too. It can definitely take away from the book.
    Thanks for the review! I may pick this one up in the future, but there are so many books I really want to read, it's not on the top of my list. Though it does sound right up my ally since I love angels.


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