Blog Tour – Crossroads by Mary Ting

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Synopsis

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.

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(Received ARC in exchange for our honest review.)

This book, Crossroads, is a young adult book with a highly spiritual theme. It is a book of young love. It is a book of forbidden love… a love between a human girl, Claudia, and an angelic being, Michael.

Well I opted to read this book for my honest review. I usually do not read YA books, and definitely not those that are spiritual in nature. For me, it was a struggle to keep reading the book, but not because of the content or the story line. I initially wanted to rate it a 3 stars, but ended up giving it a 3.5 star review because I cannot negate the review just because it’s not my cup of tea.

The story-line is a very beautiful story and is very descriptive. I have to add, however, that at times the story seemed forced and like Mary fought to keep it fluid (at times I got a little lost.)

There are many characters introduced that are pivotal to Claudia’s story, some are more developed than others. Austin was a character that I could not get into at all. He was kind of freaking me out with his touchy-feely, if you can’t love me I am happy to have you as my friend attitude after only a few interactions. Cheesy lines like the following example made my eyes roll hard… “You are my breath of life. Without you, there is no purpose. You are my reason. I need you for my life to make sense.”

Reviewer’s Note: I can see suggesting this book to my friends for their daughters to read, but I have no desire to finish this series, because, frankly, I’m too old for YA stories.

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AboutTheAuthor

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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