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In a world where using a magical gift is punishable by death, Eliinka's crossing into an opposing foreign country will alter the fates of the two nations and trigger events that might cause the destruction of her homeland.
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Published February 14th 2016 by Sweetwater Books
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Fayley
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I seem to be the only person who didn't enjoy this book. The lack of any real understanding of rulership, the insta-friendship, wild coincidences, ridiculous selfish dangerous decisions by main heroine...all these things kept me rolling my eyes. I'm certainly not a fan of the brand of fiction where the hero/heroine can do anything or say anything and they will still be loved and thought of as great.

An additional niggle was that my personal sense of justice did not align with what both the main
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Maria
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eliinka is tricked into going to a neighboring country, all but kidnapped and thrust into a new culture, language and society. She must find her footing in court, making a life with the fickle princess who brought her there.

Why I started this book: Great review from one of my friends, she mentioned the authenticity of Johnson's homesick character.

Why I finished it: This book was problematic. Eliinka is a little too good, Queen Jereni has muddled motives; her actions don't always match her "chara
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Beth
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crossings is a well crafted tale of intrigue, friendship and sacrifice. As Eliinka's life becomes intertwined with Queen Jereni's, she discovers the truth of legend and the power of her music while she seeks to bridge centuries of misunderstanding between their countries. Author Sarah Johnson is spot on with her descriptions of culture shock and prejudices as she weaves this captivating story. Great debut novel! I found it hard to put down. I hope there is a sequel.
Katherine Cowley
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got so into this book that I read it even while washing the dishes and playing with my children. It's a page-turner--a story of a teenage girl who unknowingly makes an agreement with the barbaric ruler of a foreign land and then must find a way to stay true to herself while abiding by the agreement.

This fantasy novel deals with issues of peace and conflict, and of the irreconcilable differences that people have and whether it is possible to get past them.

It's also a story of moving to a new co
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Nisa
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

Anyone who has an interest in foreign culture and traveling will love and appreciate the masterful story told in this novel. Growing and learning with the characters has been a pleasure. Experiencing their losses and hopes has created emotional connections that won't be soon forgot. And crossing between Pelto and Viru has been nothing short of a fantastic adventure. At the book's close, I wanted more. Hearing the legend of the crossing was a delightful and unexpected twist. I definitely
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Lord_of The_Books
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really intrigued by this book. Could you imagine agreeing to work for someone, and then that someone turns out the be the queen of the country who is your enemy? Not only that, but this country is the complete opposite of everything you know and now you have to learn to adapt and be one of them. I read this book rather quickly, but I attribute that to the quality of writing that Sarah Johnson gives us.

There’s something I have to discuss though, and I guess this could be a SOMEWHAT SPOILER.
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Michelle
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Well, I feel like I just read 3/4 of a book. It ended so abruptly, with several points unresolved. I liked the story very much, I found it enjoyable and interesting. The whole "gift" thing bothered me for most of the book. Even if most of her religion were killed, there must be someone else with a 'gift' left, and eventually she meets someone else. It just seemed to be a thread left dangling. I could tell it was a debut novel, but great potential
Rebecca
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great debut novel, Crossings is a tale of friendship, love, and overcoming cultural differences. Eliinka is a young woman readers can look up to and grow to love.
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Sarah has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
She has stepped in quicksand in Brazil, walked on the frozen Baltic Ocean in Finland, cooked dinner in a geyser in Iceland, learned to play an ancient instrument in China, explored abandoned castle ruins in Germany, worked as an economist in Nigeria, and scuba dived in the Red Sea in Egypt, all countries wh
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