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***Gold Medal READERS FAVORITE AWARDS WINNER 2012 for Young Adult-General***

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 frien...more
ebook, 315 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by World Castle (first published April 6th 2011)
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Julia
Dear Aspiring Author,
if you finish writing a book and read it over again a couple times (some punk decided to call that stage editing - crazy stuff) and you notice that it screams lion and lamb at you, something has gone wrong.
Because, even if Twilight is crazy popular and earned a lot of money, it's still crap, technique-wise. And, call me idealistic, I feel like quality should be what any writer should strive for in writing.
I mean, we all laugh about the idiots going to American Idol, who act
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Shaeeza Haniff
Crossroads is a book that I think is the ultimate Young Adult book. It is a book I would have my own 16 year old read. It offers great romance and faith based living. It follows a young girl raised by a single mom and a caring Gamma(a name my kids also used)who comes of age in the most remarkable way.

Filled with star crossed lovers, fantastical creatures, good friends, beautiful places and evil, this book is an easy read. This easy to follow plot is full of twists, turns, surprises and battles...more
Katina Ferguson
I cannot express how refreshing it is to find something in the paranormal romance genre that is not about vampires, werewolves, or zombies. NOT saying there is anything wrong with vampires and such (I like those books too), I'm just saying that it is nice to read something different. To give a general idea, this book is like Twilight but with angels vs demons. I think in some ways, for the more conservative parents, they would enjoy the tone of this book for their teens since it doesn't focus he...more
Tina
Wow. I can't believe everyone is giving this book 5's. Maybe my expectations are too high for YA. Was this written by a 16 year old? I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters build at all. The writing was so stiff and obvious it was distracting! The dialog used was not at all how normal teens would talk and interact.

For example, does this sound like the response of a teen customer in a store to Claudia's best friend Patty after following Patty looking like "a lost puppy" while Patty he...more
Haresh Daswani
Let me first start off with my difficulty. This is my first romance novel, and I would stay away from romance novels and movies of such, unless my date promises to watch a horror movie with me, and let me drink the entire night until I get smashed, and yet she has to kiss me. Even at that, I would still think twice about going to a romantic movie.

Now that is out, I would like to say this for the book. I actually enjoyed it. :) I do admit there are parts I feel uncomfortable with, and mostly jeal...more
Jayde Scott
May 22, 2011 Jayde Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: angels
I read Crossroads in just two days because I couldn't put it down. The plot is a new and unique one: Claudia sees people in her dreams, beings who warn her to stay away. Her friends calls to ask whether she's okay because, for a moment, they thought Claudia was dead. But instead, it's someone else with the same name who dies the same way Claudia dreamed.
At first, Claudia thinks everyone worrying is the result of her friend's death, but that soon turns enigmatic when the people around her become...more
Shambhawi P.
DNF at 13%

Because I love my brain cells.

Choppy writing. Inconsistent reactions from the protagonist. Stupid conversations. And overuse of clichés.

Reading the paragraph about Claudia thinking how she fell for Michael at first sight despite him being a jerk should be a new form of torture. Because THAT SHIT DID NOT MAKE ANY SENSE.

AND TRYING TO IMPRESS THEM WITH HER SUNDAY SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE?
Yes, Claudia dear, Angels have wings. You can shut the fuck up now.

Oh and Michael with his I DON'T WANT YO...more
Elliot
Wow! This book is totally left open for much, much more, which is exciting because I love books in a series! I can't wait to see Claudia open up and blossom into the full being she can be! I think there is way more to Austin's story than is given in the book. I see a great triangle brewing here. If you remember, Gamma said she sent someone to watch over Claudia and Michael didn't know that! I can not wait to learn more about the Alkins, Michael's friends. I want to know so much more about their...more
Jacquie Talento
One of the best reads of the year. The author puts you in a place you see as true and neverending. True love and romance and a must read for all ages. You can believe that angels are real and watch over us all the time. Wonderful story and can't wait for more.
Cassie McCown
Crossroads
By: Mary Ting
ISBN: 9781937085766
Published July 29, 2011 by World Castle
Available Format: Paperback, ebook
My Rating: ★★★★★

After the tragic death of her friend, Claudia begins dreaming about a beautiful, heaven-like place. She soon learns this place is all too real, this isn’t the first time she’s traveled there, and for some reason she is there when she, as a human, should not be. Crossroads is an in-between place where souls can go when they are between life and death, but Halo City is...more
Lesly!
Favorite Quotes:
Love is everything when you find it. It can take you places and makes you feel like you've never felt it before. It makes you strong, and at the same time vulnerable because you give all of yourself completely. Crossroads is a pretty cool story about a girl like any other with fears, goals and with friends and family that supports her in any imaginable way. Like any other ordinary girl she falls in love but Claudia is a special girl who falls in Love with an Angel, her gurdian an...more
Sunny
My goodness, this book was horrid. I cannot understand why this book has so many five star reviews. I have now vowed never to trust Goodreads' reviews again. This book was absolutely horrible and annoying. It was worse than Twilight which I thought was complete garbage. Obviously this book was written for young adults, specifically idiotic and shallow teenage girls who live in a fantasy world of flowers and oh, so beautiful men. I felt as if i were reading a book for really naive middle school g...more
Charmayne
Sep 09, 2011 Charmayne rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Warning! Harsh review.

I wanted so much to like this book. I love the cover and the blurb seemed interesting enough, so I figured it wouldn't be bad- considering all the stellar reviews on Goodreads, too.

Crossroads fell WAY short of my expectations. I am entirely nonplussed by all the five-star reviews on Goodreads. WHY? Lots of things were illogical and unrealistic.
The plot of the book might have been interesting enough to some, but many, many things made it impossible for me to like this book....more
Holly
Stop. If your reading these reviews to decide whether to spend time with the book then just take my advice and don't. No one stopped me from wasting valuable time on this book so I feel obliged to warn others.
My mother, after a few days worth of nagging, got me to read this book. She emphasised on the plot and how brilliantly written it was. I'm going to assume she said all that as a joke, as I do not want to be related to her if she was being serious. I don't even know where to start and I'm a...more
L_manning
Claudia has been having strange dreams almost all her life. She sees the same place every time, and sometimes she sees and talks to other people there. When a friend of hers with the same name dies, Claudia sees this friend in her dreams. She soon discovers that her dreams are taking her to a special place- the Crossroads. While there she interacts with Michael, who quickly informs her she doesn't belong and is not welcome at the Crossroads. As Claudia learns more about Michael and the Crossroad...more
Fran
Crossroads

Author: Mary Ting

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Emotions overtake you as your thoughts drift away from the present and you seem to be somewhere distant. Michael stares at the image of Claudia somehow unaware of his presence yet somehow there’s a connection. Claudia seemed lost and disconnected from her surroundings. Staring straight at him hoping she would see him but did not Michael was transfixed with her presence. Half human and half angel and seeing him in her dreams was as if they were ex...more
Natasha
Feb 21, 2012 Natasha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
*First and for most I must say thank you to Mary Ting for sending my daughter this book... YOU SPOIL HER! She loves it! Thanks for making her feel special, she really needed it.*

This is my daughters FAVORITE book, we read it together, so we are writing the review together. :)

It was so refreshing to read a YA not full of smut... I never had to skip anything or blushed as my daughter was reading it. PURE DELIGHT!

We were hooked from the first page. There was always something going on. Full of act...more
Jo Royston
Dramatic with a maze of twists, this descriptive tale of love & loyalty beyond the boundaries of reality had me absorbed in to a world I wanted to understand. A place where fantasy crosses with what is true; with each turn of the page CROSSROADS led me on an enjoyable journey of discovery allowing time to relate to even the most obscure of characters.

Whilst it would be easy to give away what is a fascinating plot, I feel that each reader will see & discover something unique within the e...more
Barbara Hickman
This book was absolutely amazing. I read it in half a day, it was just impossible to put down. All through-out the book, I felt like I was right there experiencing everything with Claudia. From her sadness over her friends death to the adrenaline rushes that came with the fights with the fallen angels to her falling in love. It felt so real. I honestly cried at the second funeral (trying not to spoil anything for those who haven't read it yet.) I cannot wait for the next book. This book is defia...more
Bella  Alice
This book is a really good one... I love how the story unrolls... It have some good surprices along the way... Things you may not espect... The love part of the story is so sweet and romantic! The way they fight for their love no mather what is wonderful...Overall i think this book can work itself onto being one of my favorites!... I can't wait for the second one!!! The sneek peaks that the author gives are so teasing that i can't wait to get my hands on the next one...
Kitty Bowers
This book makes you feel wonderful in love, excited. happy,sad and whant to live within the pages. no matter your age crossroads will fill your heart and leave you wanting more.I would love to see this become a movie or movies because the angel and demons fight would be amazing.And Michael will be the new heartthrob I'm sure.Thankyou m
Mary Ting your wonderful keep them coming!! a fan
Kitty Bowers

Kris
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Crossroads. It was a sweet love story between two beings of two different worlds. A forbidden love, brought together through tragedy and one's questionable identity, ultimately uniting forces of divinity and mankind. It's filled with Romance, action, and sweet sentiments between friends and loved ones. It will leave you wanting Book 2!
Ms. MiLo
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I finished reading in 2.5 days and I can't hardly wait for the sequel. This book will keep you guessing and fall in love all over again :) If you like reading about angels this should be your next book to read! Mary Ting is a brilliant writter! You definitely won't want to miss out on this book ;)

Bella
What an amazing story...the angles were breathtaking and the adventure was exciting! Claudia for sure is one lucky girl, and to fall in love with an angel is even better! This book was a for sure page turner and I cant wait to get the next!!
Sakina (Y.L.) Angel
Had very high expectations so was sad to find this very disappointing and completely misrepresented by the reviews here. Found the writing style juvenile, the plot contrived, and the dialogue unrealistic.
Glenda Alexander
Jun 09, 2011 Glenda Alexander marked it as to-read
Looks like I've been missing out, by what I have read in reviews Mary Ting writes an intriguing book. Sure hope to win this one!
Katie
Crossroads is not your typical angel story. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I really loved it and I hope that the sequel is just as unique and captivating.

Crossroads is a place between Heaven and Earth where people who are in comas or have had near death experiences go (or at least they do when they are asleep.) Claudia has never had an experience like that but for some reason she can visit Crossroads. I couldn't guess why she could visit Crossroads but it was explained eventually. T...more
The BookWhisperer
Crossroads is another riveting story of the love between a young girl and angel. After several other releases with this same general storyline I was nervous shortly after starting; the story seemed to slow and slightly forced. If I was asked what I would rate the story at that point I would have to say it would have regretfully said a three. I was missing the deep connection of the main characters, and felt that the romance was more pushed than felt. Although, shortly after I would have had to e...more
Aparajitabasu
After vampires, zombies and post-apocalyptic scenarios nephilim and the heavenly beings seem to be heavy on the teen book scene. So I present before you all Crossed by Mary Ting .

Here is the summary of the book:

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 c...more
Tevya (Reading Lark)
Sep 24, 2011 Tevya (Reading Lark) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Twilight
Recommended to Tevya (Reading Lark) by: Late Bloomer Online
I was originally hesitant to read Crossroads because, let's face it, fallen angels have become the new vampire lately. However, some of my favorite books are about fallen angels and I was curious about a new fallen hero. Crossroads did not disappoint. Mary Ting was able to weave a fresh, exciting, and very romantic tale that drew me in from the beginning. Claudia is easy to identify with, and her relationship with her grandmother is beautiful and heart warming. (I have to admit that I loved this...more
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Mary Ting 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...more
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“You’re doing it again,” he said.
“Doing what?” I asked, wondering if I had done something wrong.
“Melting my heart with your smile,” he said.”
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“CLAUDIA: I love you as high as the sky and as deep as the sea.

MICHAEL: Multiply my love by infinity and take it to the depths of forever, and you still have only a glimpse of how much I feel for you. I love you more.”
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