Fire and Ice is proud to be one of the stops on the Crossroads Blog Tour hosted by Late Bloomer Online
Crossroadsby Mary Ting
Paperback, 315 pages
Published July 29th 2011
by World Castle
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 Emerson keeps having strange dreams which pull her to a place she’s seen before and faces that are familiar yet foreign. Then she’s awakened by a phone call form her best friends asking if she’s still alive. Quickly her life is turned upside down as dream meets reality and she’s introduced to a class of half human/half angels called Alkin. Pulled into an age old battle between good and evil Claudia has a new guardian angel named Michael and it’s all she can do to stay away from the attraction she feels. Their love is forbidden and Michael ‘s role becomes blurred as he starts to fall for Claudia. Can the two of them fight off the fallen who are after her and can they satisfy eh Royal Council who want some answers about who Claudia really is?
Crossroads will appeal to readers who like books full of angel lore and YA romance. While I was intrigued there were a few things I struggled with like connecting to Claudia’s character and voice. With references to Guess jeans and Honda’s being cool the teen scene seemed to be trapped back in the 90’s. And why can’t Claudia ever fight for herself? Michael I really enjoyed but his change from brash and rude to automatically in love doting boyfriend was quite abrupt. I’m thinking the bad guy Aden was far too easily defeated and he’ll be back. I am also hoping we learn more about Austin in book two. He is up to no good I tell ya!
My favorite character was Davin- he’s much more down to earth and real and kept the story going for me. I’d love to see him in an even more central role. With poetic writing and beautiful scenery you’ll get wrapped up in Crossroads. I think Mary has a wonderful idea and am curious to see where she goes with it for the rest of the series.
Content: There was quite a lot of heavy handed romance and kissing scenes so I’d recommend this one for only older teens. (It was a little too much for my taste) There is also moderate violence as angels fight the fallen.
Thanks so much to Late Bloomer Online and Mary Ting for letting us be a part of the tour!
About the Author: Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing Crossroads was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. It was inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.
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