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Crossroads (Crossroads Saga #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,307 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by World Castle Publishing (first published April 6th 2011)
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Shaeeza Haniff
May 30, 2011 Shaeeza Haniff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2011 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, ya, kindle
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
Katina Ferguson
Aug 12, 2011 Katina Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Yes, Claudia dear, Angels have wings. You can shut the fuck up now.

Oh and Michael with his I DON'T WANT YO
Haresh Daswani
May 23, 2011 Haresh Daswani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jayde Scott
May 22, 2011 Jayde Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2011 Charmayne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 13, 2013 elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2012 Sunny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2011 Elliot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stacey Kym
ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.


‘Crossroads’ was a novel I had high expectations of. I really looked forward to exploring this new world and the blurb had really enchanted me. I couldn't wait to see what Mary Ting, the author, would make of her characters and world ever since she personally informed me that the first two chapters in the novel were actually based on real life dreams she had a while ago. I felt that the novel was going to be stellar

Jacquie Talento
Feb 02, 2012 Jacquie Talento rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Janice Leung
If you are expecting a book with a suspenseful storyline, then it might be best if you avoid this book.
Crossroad is a book of 100% Damsel in Distress + Knight In Shining Armour Book. Claudia is a girl who keeps getting hunted by the Fallen/Demon and Michael, her assigned Guardian Angel is always there to rescue here. This book is basically hunted + rescue action. So if you absolutely hate damsel in distress books, then don't pick up this one.
Oct 20, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cassie McCown
Sep 07, 2011 Cassie McCown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 open
Jan 09, 2012 Lesly! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Inspired Kathy
Oct 08, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Author Interview & Signed book giveaway - Open Internationally ends 11/2/11

Currently there are a wide variety of young adult books that deal with angels... I've read a lot of them. Crossroads is a welcome addition, especially for those looking for a different, unique twist on fallen angel/guardian angel mythology.

There are a few details in the story line I wish had been explained more clearly, but overall I was satisfied. The writing is descriptive and
Sep 25, 2011 L_manning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 21, 2012 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara Hickman
Aug 02, 2011 Barbara Hickman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2011 Bella Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jan 25, 2013 Kitty Bowers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

Ms. MiLo
Jan 12, 2012 Ms. MiLo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crossroads
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 ;)

Feb 02, 2012 Bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2011 Sakina (Y.L.) Angel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urgh
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
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!
Jennifer Treviño
Quite simply one of my very favorites series!!
I have enjoyed this author's work for a long while, but just recently purchased a copy of Crossroads in paperback before these lovely new covers came about. The old covers drew me in then with their beauty, but I'm loving the new covers in a whole new way. Absolutely Beautiful!!! And ... the story, well it is difficult to describe how something can be so beautifully told while simultaneously ripping your heart out, crushing your soul, & still le
The BookWhisperer
Aug 04, 2011 The BookWhisperer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
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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
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Crossroads Saga (5 books)
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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.”
“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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