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"Crossroadscontains action, twists and romance that has you flipping through the pages sofast that you're at the end and ready for more before you know it." Gabby, Nashville Young Adult FictionExaminer/What's Beyond Forks
Watch outEdward Cullen! The angel Michael has officially given you a run for your money!Teens everywhere will add a new fictional boyfriend to their ever growinglists! OMWings! An amazing paranormal angel romance that stays with you longafter the last page has turned. I need more! Jennifer Howell with LateBloomerOnline.com
"I'mtaking a break from vampires and spending time with Mary's angels. Michael canwrap me inside his wings and take me away. Very original. So much passion anddanger. I could not put it down!" CharlotteBlackwell, author of Embrace series
"Crossroads-aromantic adventure that keeps you guessing. Mary Ting's character, Claudia,will capture your heart and make you believe in angels." Joann Buchanan, author of I Am Wolf/SharkRadio
"Crossroadsis an exciting debut book with a rich paranormal mythology, unique angel-lore,forbidden romance, action, suspense and plot twists. With her detailed writingand a plot that flow wells, Mary created a world I enjoyed visiting, and astory that was hard to put down." Katiewith Mundie Moms
From the Inside Flap
"Get them!" Aden shouted again.
During the entire fight Michael stayed by my side, protecting me. They fought so swiftly that even with my flashlight it was hard to distinguish alkins from the fallen. I focused intently, trying to figure out who was who, but it was no use. They were too fast for human eyes. I pointed the flashlight, hoping to blind or distract them, but that also proved to be pointless. It was only useful for my vision.
In the blink of an eye they were here, there and everywhere. The clanging of swords colliding was painful to hear. As the screeching sounds continued, all I could see were sparks as the swords made contact, as if we were in the middle of a lightning storm. Fearful of any alkin getting hurt, I covered my ears, hoping that it would end soon.
Suddenly, Aden raised his hand toward the stars, and the fallen stopped. The sounds of the swords crashing against each other came to a dead halt. Aden started circling around Michael and me. As he drew closer, I could see that he looked exactly as I remembered him from my dream. The wrinkles on his forehead defined his age, and though I conceived him as evil, his voice scared me more than his appearance. Aden never lifted a finger to fight; instead, he relied on the fallen to carry out his battle strategies.
"Michael, come with me. I'll give you anything you want."
"There is nothing I want from you."
"They've turned you against me. I should have killed you when I had the chance." Aden's eyes raged with anger.
"They didn't turn me against you. I did it of my own free will."
"Move out of my way!" Aden shouted.
"You'll have to go through me first!"
As Aden continued to circle around us, I could sense movement from the fallen, edging closer to Michael and me. The alkin must have sensed it too as they positioned themselves right behind us and immediately began to attack the fallen.
Michael moved me to the left and then to the right, fighting while shielding me. Though the fallen were fewer in number than before, they were retaliating in full force. In the midst of all the chaos, I lost my grip on the flashlight, and it tumbled off the cliff. Instinctively I reached for it, and in that split second someone or something collided against me, and I plummeted off the cliff.
Gravity was pulling me faster than my body could resist. I'd always heard that at the moment of death, one's life flashed before their eyes; all the moments that had brought them to that point, big or small. All I could think of was death itself and the one person who had changed my life forever--Michael. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00IQZ7OWI
- Publication date : March 2, 2014
- Language : English
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- Print length : 309 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1496133404
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I absolutely loved Michael from the start. He is so conflicted about loving Claudia that you can feel it. Claudia is just as gone for him. Michael's friends are wonderful and I adored each one of them. I think Davin was my favorite of all of them just because he is so 'in the moment'. I wasn't sure about Austin, but I think he is going to turn out ok. The story is great, taking place mainly in our world but a few glimpses into Crossroads. Claudia's life is important to all of the guardians and they will do whatever they have to, to protect her.
It was absolutely a 5/5 for me. And I've already started on the second book.
The dialogue is awkward and the writing almost amateurish. Teenagers just don’t talk that way. It’s hard to get to know any of the characters well. While some things are over-explained, character descriptions are largely ignored. I don’t know what most of the characters look like, except Claudia having auburn hair being mentioned a couple of times. The character portrayals are not consistent either. Claudia should be the character we understand the most, since she is the narrator, yet she’s confusing. These fantastical things are happening to her, but she takes it in stride and is very accepting of it all. She goes from being terrified of her safety to doing unwise things that compromise her safety, like going to a party (several days after losing someone important to her), even though Michael tells her to stay put. Then she’s back to being distraught again several days after that at the funeral. It’s never explained why the funeral was almost two weeks after the death. During a battle, Claudia goes over a cliff and blacks out, expecting to die from the fall. When she wakes up, somehow having been saved by Michael, the first thing she thinks of is that she needs to thank him for her birthday gifts. Really, that’s the first thing to come to mind? You can understand how Claudia could fall for Michael, first for his looks and then for all of the sweet things that he does for her, and he is part angel after all, but it’s not clear what Michael sees in Claudia once he gets to know her, other than her smile. It’s the same for the other Alkins - they all love Claudia, but most of their interactions are just protecting her from the Fallen. What is it that makes them become friends? Another undeveloped detail - the book opens with the death of Claudia’s good friend, who shares her exact same first and last names. That death seems to be important, and I expected the connection of them having the same name to have something to do with the situation in which Claudia finds herself. However, by the end of the book, there are no more indications that this was important, so it’s just odd.
Unfortunately, the poorly developed story and awkward dialogue overshadow what could be an interesting idea. I wanted to like it, but struggled to finish.
As all who've been following my reviews probably know by now, I'm not a fan of romance. And if it's sappy romance, it's a no-go for me. I have to make an exception in this case though. Mary Ting has done an exceptional job in making me fall head-over-heels in love with more than one character in this book. I mean we're talking drop-dead gorgeous angels here. One more dazzling than the other. The romance between Claudia, the human girl, and Michael, her guardian angel, is so skilfully and delicately written, that I couldn't help but experience every emotion they felt for each other as if it was my own. It takes quite the writer to be able to make a hardcore, anti-romance-nazi such as myself get to the point where I can't wait for Michael to fold Claudia inside his wings and proclaim his undying love for her. OK, I've used the cliché, but trust me when I tell you that the author unexpectedly wooed me off my feet with her natural talent for writing romance and infusing it with enough magic to hit you right at the centre of the heart.
Of course, whiny, weak, wimpy female leads are also a huge pet peeve of mine and I always start a new book with trepidation as to what sort of spoilt brat protagonist I'm going to have to bear with for the next 300 or so pages. I was happy to find that Claudia, our leading-lady-girl-in-distress, is actually one who can fend for herself and stand her ground. Sure, she's being protected by a mini-platoon of guardian angels and what not, but when she's on her own, this girl faces her foes head-on. Bravo Mary Ting, for not following the norm and for breaking away from the clichéd helpless teenage drama-queen protagonist and giving us the heroine we all dream to be. Incredibly, throughout the numerous devastating trials Claudia faces in this book, she emerges a stronger and more mature character in the final chapter; one that at the very least begs respect and admiration.
"Crossroads" surprised me, it thrilled me, it kept me reading until my vision blurred over with tiredness in the wee hours of the morning, and it pushed the boundaries of my imagination to explore a new world created by an author who evidently has no limits to her own imagination and creativity. Readers who have a void in their lives left behind by losing someone dear to them, will find solace and companionship in this book through comforting and insightful words, sensitively written by someone who also had to endure and deal with such a loss before. This being the author's debut novel and the first book in the Crossroads saga, I am impatiently looking forward to reading the next two books as I am of now a self-confessed addict to the exquisite writing of Mary Ting.
Top reviews from other countries
Crossroads is about 16 year old Claudia who while sleeping enters into a world called the Crossroads. There she meets Michael who has fallen in love with her before she even knew him. However, Claudia shouldn't be able to get into the Crossroads and soon everything she thought was true in life is turned upset down and she is being hunted by fallen angels.
The characters in this book are all so likeable. Claudia is really down to earth and even when faced with terrible situations she is still strong. When she meets Michael she is completely smitten. It's really easy to understand why. Even though at first Michael is rude to her. It's only because he confused about why he is feeling human emotional. You see Michael is an Alkin, half angel and half human. It's not long though until they are both madly in love and seriously the thing Michael say's to Claudia is so romantic it makes me jealous. My favourite character is another angel, Davin. He is just so funny and cute. There is just something that make you connect with him. He is just an all round nice person who is loyal to his friends.
Now the story at first was a little slow for the first couple of chapters. However, after I got into it I was completely hooked! The storyline is simply fantastic!! It's about angel but Mary has created a story that is completely different to more angel stories. She has put alot of Mythology behind her angels and it just makes the readers understand and connect easier with the characters.
Crossroads is a beautifully written debut novel that has everything you need for a outstanding read. Forbidden love, danger, angels and demons what not to love?
I’m not even really sure what to say about this book. I love YA books and I loved the blurb for this book.
But it kind of fell flat, now I’m not saying I didn’t like the book at all because I did. There was something about the story and the characters that made me keep reading.
I loved the storyline and while it was boring and repetitive at times, I kept reading to see what was going to happen. I liked the fact this book was about Angels and half-human, half-Angels. It was something different to normal paranormal/fantasy YA books.
The story started very slow and there wasn’t a lot happening at the beginning. The storyline did become predictable as I was reading through. I would have loved something where I just couldn’t predict what would have happened next.
I had a lot of confusion reading for a few different reasons: from the prologue to chapter 1 we get 2 different characters POV’s and while I don’t hate having different characters POV’s this got confusing because it wasn’t pointed out. In some chapters, there wasn’t a lot of description of what was happening, what the characters were doing. I had to re-read at times to make sure I had read it correctly.
While I did like Claudia, she was kind of childish sometimes, with her actions. She met Michael and then all of sudden she was in love with him. It was what you would expect from a 12 year old not a 18 years old. Also some of the language the teenagers were using was stupid. It just wasn’t something a teenager would say.
I am left with a lot of unanswered questions with the story and the characters fate. I’m not sure if I will continue with the series.
But I did really enjoy the Angel side of the story, about Crossroads, Halo City, Fallen Angels and Demons etc I loved the detail that went into talking to Claudia about the history of the Angels, and the half breeds.
Also the fighting scenes were quite good, I loved the excitement of them and how they were detailed.
3 out of 5 stars
Claudia is a typical teenager, with one exception. In her dreams she visits a place called Crossroads. It is a real place where the souls of humans wander before moving on to heaven or hell. However, she is unaware of this and just thinks she is dreaming. I love her character, but I think that the Nephilim are just as interesting. Michael comes across as being cold and unfeeling, but he is hiding a secret. Another of my favourite characters is Davin. He has a wicked sense of humour! I love the brotherly camaraderie between Michael and Davin; It makes me wish I had a brother! The story is touching in places and full of action in others. I loved it! I highly recommend this book. I am now looking forward to continuing Claudia's story in Between, which is now available. I hope to read it soon.
This story was original and fresh, a new take on Angels, demons and everything in between. The writing was good, the characters are great, Claudia and Michael are amazing, sweet and loving together regardless of the danger around them. The plot has so many twists and turns, a lot of angst but the sweet moments are there and they make the story more realistic. This is a clean romantic story, and if you enjoy a good paranormal read this would be a good series to get into. Would recommend.