Saturday, September 24, 2016

*Review* Crossroads by Mary Ting

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: April 6, 2011
Pages: 295


Can two worlds collide in dreams? 

Protecting her from the fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity. 

Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. Now that she's been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim 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.


I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

This is the first book in the series and should have been the first one I read, but it wasn't. In spite of knowing ultimately how things would end, I was still intrigued by the story. It really helped to build the depth of character for many of the characters that I already feel intimately familiar with. And although future books in the series do a pretty good job of explaining the basic rules that apply to angels in this world, Crossroads does it in more depth so that it makes a little more sense. While I can say that it's not absolutely necessary to read the books in order, I would definitely recommend it.

This book had a little bit of everything; action, romance, mystery, but mostly action and romance. I did find myself sort of wishing that Claudia would consider another love interest (and that's with knowing how things turn out down the road!) 

Overall I give Crossroads 4 out of 5 stars. - 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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