Review: Crossroads by Mary Ting

(Crossroads Saga #1)
By: Mary Ting
Publisher: World Castle
Published: April 6, 2011
Genre: YA


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?



Claudia is a girl who when asleep, unknowingly goes to the Crossroads. She thinks that the rude boy there is just a figment of her imagination. What she doesn’t realize is that she is actually in the place between heaven and earth.
We didn’t dislike this book, however, we felt like we liked the idea of the book more than the actual story. Maybe it’s because we’re in our late 20’s and this book is geared toward someone in their early teens?The author paid great attention to detail and even to small talk and it was a bit too much for us. Details are great but sometimes you need to leave somethings to the readers imagination.There were also a few characters that we had trouble visualizing.The protagonist, Claudia is very loyal and has good friends who are not afraid to be themselves. However, there were times that we felt that Claudia was all over the place. For example, there is one moment in particular during one of her initial encounters with Michael where she is mentally condemning his personality but the next minute she is thinking about how gorgeous he is. That mental tirade continues back and forth for sometime.

This is a very wholesome book, there is no swearing, Claudia is highly respectable to her elders, smoking and drinking is heavily frowned upon and the romance is nothing but a few kisses here and there. If you have a young one at home that is interested in reading the new angel fad, then this is a great book for them to read. However, it was a little too young for us.

“Remember, be good to those who are alive, because what good is it when they are dead?”

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