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Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  3,826 ratings  ·  36 reviews
An ordinary school day in Middlefield turns into a mystical tale filled with endless adventures of magic, fairies, flying horses, and danger. A modern-day saga of four young teens who find themselves trapped in another realm-"The Otherworld"-where they must abide by an evil druid's bidding or risk endangering the lives of their loved ones and the magical beings they have b ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by Balboa Press (first published September 17th 2012)
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Kate
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals, by C. Toni Graham, is a Teen/YA book, but I’m way past that age, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Four classmates, Jake, Conner, Seneca, and Shayna, are on a school assignment when they’re transported into the Realm of Fionia, a strange, yet lovely, place where magical creatures dwell and adventure and danger abound. I loved the characters, so well-written, and their developing friendship. I found myself cheering them on throughout their journey. It’s a fun rea ...more
Robin Morgan
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
I actually won a KINDLE copy of this book from the author through a giveaway she had on Amazon and the following is my honest opinion.

Given all of the Christian and other genre books I’ve been reading and reviewing recently, I found this book by C. Toni Graham to be a refreshing and enjoyable change. The fantasy genre this book belongs allows readers to escape the mundane existence they live in and be transported to a realm where phantasmagorical occur on a regular basis.

One thing is usually ce
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Meghan
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't begin to say how amazing this was!!!!!! You can't help but get excited Everytime something new begins and new secrets are revealed.
Laney S.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Every chapter created a new twist that I never saw coming! The book was beautifully written. I absolutely recommend reading it!
Rebecca Henry
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I was sad to finish it! This is a book for any age not just young adult!
I will be finishing this trilogy without a doubt!!
Robin Woods
Delightful, well-rounded characters in a fabulous fantasy world.

Clean and fun. Appropriate for 5th grade and up.

More of a review to come!
Kaitlin Setty
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 absolutely fantastic stars! What an epic ride! This is first rate fantasy, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves mysticism and fairytales. The author transports us to a magical land with intriguing magical elements and creatures. C. Toni Graham's writing is perfect, with just the right amount of description and emotion. And this was an emotional story. At its core, this tale is about friendship. What an excellent cast of characters to spend some time with! Conner, Jake, Seneca, ...more
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
The Next Big Teen Mystical Fantasy Adventure!
Paisley McNab
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
While working on a field assignment for a tyrannical biology teacher, four teens find themselves transported to another realm called “The Otherworld.” With the lives of their loved ones at risk, the group must navigate this unknown territory—filled with magic, fairies, and flying horses—to defeat an evil druid.

It was impossible to read only one chapter at a time! I loved that the chapters were quite short, yet action-packed and propelled the plot forward at a quick, steady pace. Definitely a pag
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Sue Hammans
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have received a signed copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads 'giveaway' :-) Thank you C.Toni Graham

Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals was a great read and I was a bit sad to have finished it so quick, so now I'm interested to read any other books by this author.

The story kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to know what was going to happen next. The landscape and characters were described in such a way, it was a joy to visualize and inspiring for me being an artist
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MomLuvsBooks
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great school field trip adventure!
This YA fantasy whisks away four teens on a wild trip they were not expecting! Along the way they meet some very interesting characters all while trying to find their way back to the field trip they were suppose to be on😎. This book is great for all ages & is part one of this duology series😃.
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Chess Desalls
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, indie, blue-cover
4.5 stars

Enjoyed!
Veda Stamps
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sophisticated, magical story that fantasy fans will devour

C. Toni Graham brilliantly blends realism with the world of fantasy in her YA novel, "Crossroad and the Himalayan Crystals." This is an entertaining tale of four teenagers who shift into the "Otherworld" magical realm. I love the realistic theme of a diverse group of friends adventurously working together to overcome evil.

This mystical tale is full of adventurous fun with great characters like Jake, Seneca, Shayna, and Connor.

Highly re
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Valery
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals by C. Toni Graham, is geared toward the YA and teen crowd but still may appeal to anyone older as well. You will thoroughly enjoy this fantasy tale as you follow a group of friends, Jake, Conner, Seneca, and Shayna. These kids are well fleshed out characters, each with their respective flaws, some more than other, but all are good kids. When they are transported into another realm, the story changes rapidly. On a school assignment, they are transported to a ...more
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
Unable To Put-Down YA Mystical Fantasy Adventure!
Re:Views
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jake and his family are new in town and everything’s just not going right for him. First of all, he and his mom almost knock over some girls at the local grocery store. Then when he was walking to school from his new home, he glimpses his next-door neighbor, who is a Tinkerbell look-alike, also doing the same. As much as he wants to catch up to her and get acquainted, she seems to be hurrying along as if avoiding him at all costs. At school in Biology class, Jake sees this neighbor of his also i ...more
Tree
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
A Magical Book Reminiscent of All the Children’s Fantasy Books Out There!

Jake and his family are new in town and everything’s just not going right for him. First of all, he and his mom almost knock over some girls at the local grocery store. Then when he was walking to school from his new home, he glimpses his next-door neighbor, who is a Tinkerbell look-alike, also doing the same. As much as he wants to catch up to her and get acquainted, she seems to be hurrying along as if avoiding him at all
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Grady
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘They knew they must accept their fate as the Dominion of Four’

California author C. Toni Graham is both an inspirational speaker and an author, this book – CROSSROADS AND THE HIMALAYAN CHRYSTALS – served as her publishing debut in 2012 and was awarded the Silver Medal for Young Adult action novels. The success of this book opened the door for the trilogy to continue.

Writing for the Young Adult audience is a challenge, especially these days when manipulation of the social media on all available d
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Cup and Saucer
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don’t be put off by the YA label of ‘Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals’ by C. Toni Graham, it is a novel that all fans of fantasy fiction will enjoy. The book is magical, ethereal, and really exciting, following the journey of a group of teenagers through “The Otherworld”. They meet a whole host of fantastical creatures - some who look to help them and some who would seek to destroy them. Will they make it through “The Otherworld” alive or will they become the victims of the evil Druid who t ...more
Emerson
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Otherworld may seem like a dream come true, full of magic and magical creatures, nut it can quickly turn into a nightmare when an evil druid threatens to hurt those you love if you do not do their bidding. This story is a wonderful fantasy adventure for young adults. The story is engaging, full of adventure, and fantastical. The world that Graham has created is full of beautiful imagery and delightful imagination. The characters are unique, fun, and full of life. The four main characters esp ...more
Dogandbone
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Four classmates, Jake, Conner, Seneca, and Shayna, are on a school assignment when they embark on an amazing journey after being transported into a mystical and magical realm, where magical creatures live and danger awaits.

The Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals is a fantastic book where I escaped into a fantasy world for a while. A great read that kept me wanting to turn the page!

I totally recommend reading this book, not just young adults but I think any age group.
Pegboard
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
C. Toni Graham weaves intensity and mystique into her paranormal fictional novel, Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals. Fours unlikely high school students are paired together for a biology assignment that requires them to search for nature specimens. When they get turned around, they end up wandering into a different realm and there is no returning to the world they knew. Jake is the new kid in Middlefield; he is caring, but able to take charge. Shayna is pretty and popular, having to rely on ...more
Monica Reents
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an adult who still enjoys reading young adult titles, I sometimes find myself starting with a bit of hesitancy as to whether or not I will be able to connect to the story and/or the characters. This was one of those times when I felt hesitant, but it didn’t take long to realize that I was enjoying the story!
I was impressed with the writing and at how well the characters were developed. I enjoy reading about characters (good or bad) that are given realistic qualities, flaws, charms, a sense o
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Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, fiction
The Next Big Teen Mystical Fantasy Adventure!
Honey Bee
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four classmates, Jake, Conner, Seneca, and Shayna, are on a school assignment when they embark on an amazing journey after being transported into a mystical and magical realm, where magical creatures live and danger awaits.

The Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals is a fantastic book where I escaped into a fantasy world for a while. A great read that kept me wanting to turn the page!

I totally recommend reading this book, not just young adults but I think any age group.
Stephen R.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy novel is the first venture into Young Adult fiction for C Toni Graham and the first in the saga. It follows the developing friendship of four teens from different social circles, who find themselves in unusual and mystifying circumstances. The characters have depth and are thoroughly believable; the good guys have relatable flaws, while the bad guys have some redeeming features.

The book is paced well so that the characters' backstories unfold as you become more and more invested in
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Island Rose
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking to escape to another world for a few hours, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals by C. Toni Graham. In the super fantasy novel, four teenagers that wouldn't usually be friends, must find some common ground and band together when they are suddenly transported from school to a mysterious realm known as The Otherworld. There is danger lurking in the magical realm and the classmates must face it head-on if they are to protect each other and ...more
Kayleigh
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received copies of the first two books of this trilogy to review.

We start with Jake who has just moved to a new town and is starting a new school and, like most of us I’m sure, hoping that he won’t feel completely out of place. His day is going better than expected until he has biology where the teacher seems to take a particular disliking to him for no apparent reason.

At the end of the lesson he gets put into a group with three other students: Conner, Seneca and Shayna. They are given the tas
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Bethany
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals is the first book in a portal fantasy series based around Celtic mythology. It's a fun, pretty quick read about 4 teenagers drawn into another world where they are key players in a centuries old struggle against an evil druid. This reads like a middle grade or early YA story, but I would recommend it for a higher level reader since the language can be pretty advanced.

I enjoyed the world the author created here and the adventures that the characters have for
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Jennifer Leigh
Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals has a good storyline. I really enjoy the side characters, as they were better developed than the main characters. There was too much telling and not enough showing of character emotions making it hard to connect with the characters. Also, having four POVs in one chapter without breaks and instafriendship did not help connecting with the characters. However, I did enjoy reading from Brigara’s POV, as she provides a unique perspective to the story. I’m interes ...more
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C. Toni Graham is the author of the delightful illustrated children's book "Gabby Giggles". Her YA novel, "Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals" is the first installment of her debut trilogy. The second release in the series, "Crossroads and the Dominion of Four" is now available at all retailers. This fantasy saga is about four teenagers transported to the Otherworld. Here the teens are thrust i ...more

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