Sunday, April 3, 2016

*Review* Beyond by Mary Ting

Genre: Paranormal
Published: March 2, 2014
Pages: 328


Torn between the past she can't remember and a future she isn’t ready for, Claudia feels at a loss. With unanswered questions, she is certain there is more to her past than just being a venator. Finding the missing pieces in her life won’t be easy because duty calls. When mysterious dark shadows get released, an apocalypse sets in motion. The venators and the alkins must work together once again. Knowing Claudia would be the key to destroying the demons that were released, a familiar stranger appears to protect her. Drawn to the beautiful angel, Claudia finds she must unravel the mysteries of her past in order to help save the world. Who is the angel assisting her and why does she feel a strong connection to him? Time is running out. Will she discover all the secrets before it’s too late?


I was hired to proofread this book. The author is not and was not aware that I would be reviewing the book afterwards. I just like to review every book that I read. If you feel that my connection with the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

This is the third book in the series and the first one I've read (if you don't count The Angel Knights and The Chosen Knights from the spin-off series). I know I'm missing some backstory because it's hinted at and alluded to, but I'm just as clueless as Claudia is, which actually might have added to my reading experience. It certainly made it easy to relate to Claudia on that score.

I don't really understand the reasoning behind some of the rules the angels are supposed to follow, although they do sometimes get broken, and that might be because I haven't read the previous two books. But I don't really blame the angels for breaking these rules either because they seem rather stupid, which makes me wonder why they are even rules in the first place. It's kind of a vicious cycle going on in my head. But one of these standard practices is actually really the reason for most of the trouble in this story, which makes it seem that much more dumb.

I did find myself hoping for certain outcomes, and often found myself feeling anxious because of this. So the book kept me interested even though I was railing against the stupid angel rules.

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it and really related to Claudia. - 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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