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(Crossroads Saga #1)

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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 fri
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Published July 29th 2011 by World Castle (first published April 6th 2011)
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Ben Alderson
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Yet again, another cracker by Mary Ting!
These books are brilliant, they always help me out of my reading slumps... but then always seem to put me back in one!

I love angels and YA books so this was a brilliant combination of both!
This series really excites me.

I really liked Claudia and Michael's relationship, very flirty and innocent!
And it was truly loving reading their story, especially since I have started the Blessed Knights series which is about Claudia and Michaels kids!

Jul 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, paranormal, ya
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
Shaeeza Haniff
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jayde Scott
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Haresh Daswani
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jacquie Talento
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Kade Gulluscio
Aug 03, 2022 rated it it was ok
Where to start.

I absolutely hate leaving less than .. nice reviews, but sometimes you just have to be honest right?
I wanted to like Crossroads. I did. The blurb sounded really interesting. But man this book... it just wasn't good.
FMC Claudia was... boring. She was bland.. She didn't seem to ... act or speak her age either.

The writing style was mediocre. That's the best I can say really.

The romance.... I know this is YA book, but man... the chemistry and love story was lacking and felt really
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, angels
I loved this first book because the emotions written in this story felt real, although sometimes it felt too sugary sweet, especially the romance between Claudia and Michael. The new world created by Mary Ting - Crossroads was interesting with the hierarchy of the Angels - the Royal Councils, the Twelve Angels, Earth Angels, the Fallen as well as the Alkins AKA Nephilim. I can't wait to find out about who's the mysterious someone that Gamma had assigned to watch over her. Could it be the good lo ...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

Cassie McCown
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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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 bel
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
*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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Bella  Alice
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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... ...more
Kitty Bowers
Jan 11, 2013 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
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ;)

InD'tale Magazine
A lengthy paranormal romance, Crossroads has an interesting cast of characters both human and otherwise, and a complete setting that will make the reader want to take a peek at the crossroads themselves.

Read full review in the 2013 June issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Alicia Huxtable
Enjoyable reading

Likeable characters with a storyline that runs smoothly. I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to the next in the series
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 09, 2011 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! ...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.”
“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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