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Crossing Over

(Soulvine Moor Chronicles #1)

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Roger Kilbourne has the ability to "cross over" into the land of the dead and speak with its residents. It is a startling gift, and not a pleasant one. Roger manages to escape his brutal uncle, who has exploited his talents for years; after he gets a job in the palace laundry, he thinks he will be safe. Instead, there are worse dangers. First, he falls hopelessly in love w ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Viking Juvenile (first published June 24th 2010)
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Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the world that was built in this story but as for the story itself I thought it was just ok. I never came to like Roger. I know that he was raised in an abusive environment and that probably stunted his social growth but I found him him to be irritating and dislikable. As is typical of most YA books these days there is the love interest. After he escapes life with his abusive uncle he fixates on Lady Cecilia and falls in "love" with her. I imagine it's because she's the first beautiful ...more
Kimberly Francisco
Soooooo uneven. Parts of this were a solid two, but it soared at times to a four-star book.

A few things:
-I know the protagonist is a 14/15 year old male, but the constant references to his erection were jarring and out of place most of the time. One time he referred to it as he was unintentionally feeling up a mentally handicapped woman...very uncomfortable.
-The middle just dragged, but it picked up nicely at the end and was very exciting.
-I didn't buy the romance.
-It feels a lot like an unfinis
Aug 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one/ stupid people
Crossing Over was, by far, one of the worst books that I've read. Period.

First off, the main character was probably one of the stupidest people I've ever read about. He slept every single night with people near him, knowing that he had secrets but still perfectly willing to share them in his sleep-talk. Shouldn't any sane person know better? Especially when the freaking queen is about to murder his ass and LITERALLY threatens to like all the time. Also, Roger is the horniest teenage boy that ha
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, ya
Review up on Strange Horizons.

I disagree -- strongly -- with Connie Willis. Has the sky fallen yet?
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Full review can be found here.

The story starts by putting its best foot forward as we observe Roger, a slave to his uncle, being forced to cross over to the land of the dead in order to scam mourners out of their money. The author’s idea of this land where the dead exist is not at all what I was expecting and so much the better for it. The way that it’s described, it’s as though the dead are all waiting for something maybe? They sit and stare at nothing; they’re, for the most part, unresponsive
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I snagged an ARC of this book (out in October) when I saw that it had a back jacket blurb from none other than Connie Willis, and I'm glad I did.

The first clue that Kendall is doing something new and different is the setting. I'm so used to the standard quasi-medieval fantasy world - motto: "all the pageantry, none of the dirt" - that when Kendall includes more believable details like disease and bad food, it's powerful.

The story follows a teenage boy with the ability to "cross over" into the la
Just Me
Mar 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Hmmm, not sure what I think about this one. It was captivatingly written. I picked it up because of the title, not knowing how the story would unfold. I may read another of her books, just to compare.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up, fantasy
The premise is interesting and has a lot of potential but far too dull for my tastes. Nothing 'stood out' at all and (referring to the erotic segments); I never got around to them, I lost interest so soon.

May try again at some point but it'll be placed very low on my to read list.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
When I first read the summary, I thought this book had a lot of potential. It did not live up to my expectations.
Charisse Nichole
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a unique concept, and it wasn't badly done nor was it badly written. It just wasn't for me. That's why it gets so few stars.

It stayed true to its medieval-esque setting, which I applaud the author for, but as a YA book, I didn't expect it to be quite so detailed or gruesome. The beginning and various parts towards the end made me feel physically ill. It was difficult to read in that respect. If she was going to be this gritty then I feel like she should've gone for an adult fiction book
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, audio-library, na-ya, pnr
Great created world (and the only reason I kept reading) but a disgusting “romance”. I think this book would have been fine without the romance angle.
The male main character was in loved/infatuated to a selfish airhead and sacrificed even the love of a better woman - and the lives of others - just to pleased the airhead.
Worse is that the male main character kiss deeply, NOT just a peck the dead airhead’s body - morbid and so base - I want to get that out as a warning. That is how debased the ma
Fantastyka to gatunek, który kocham całym sercem, ale o tym już nie raz Wam wspominałam i pewnie jeszcze nie raz to zrobię. Po co o tym wspominam? Abyście zrozumieli, z jakiego powodu sięgam po tego typu książki bez głębszego zastanowienia. Dlaczego w ich przypadku wystarcza mi po prostu sam blurb, no i może jeszcze klimatyczna okładka, aby porwać je z półki? Zacznę może jednak od samego początku…

Roger Kilbourne jest już prawie mężczyzną, jednak, co mu po tym skoro ciągle żyje w strachu przed sw
Helga Beuckelaers
Even doorbijten totdat het boek op gang kwam ... om dan tussen de intriges van de Groenen en de Blauwen door te laveren. Voeg daarbij nog wat magische elementen en plaatsen zoals "Danderzij" en andere plaatsen en alle ingrediënten voor een boeiende (YA) fantasyverhaal zijn aanwezig. Benieuwd naar het vervolg!
Charlotte Phillips
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a rather interesting and unique book that seemed to hold my attention form the very first word to the last one. the novel itself is based within a time period that I am not myself use to, its set in the olden times when kings and queens were actually very influential people and being on there good side was the most important thing. This though I felt was a wonderful element to the book itself because it meant that the imagination was widened out to consider all the differences that ther ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shittiest book ever
Lady Biblio
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016

Not good, but not the worst. The concept - a boy with the ability to cross over to the land of the dead through pain induced sleep - is intriguing; the execution of the concept is lacking. Writing quality goes up and down throughout the entire novel. Going from a solid 4 to trudging along at a 1. This book has the potential to be something great but failed to deliver. It has the land of the Dead, a civil war, and a witch Queen; all of which weren't touched by Anna Kendell. Plus she left loose en

Mackenzie Keogh
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Two Stars...only because I'm in a good mood from finally finishing this book,otherwise it would be only one.

If you're like me then you probably picked up this book because of its unique cover, which i will openly admit is still one of my favorites on my book shelf, and 'The Land of the Dead' just seemed too spooky and cool to pass up. Wrong. I was most excited to read Kendall's idea of 'the land beyond' only to discover that it was the most boring and depressing version of heaven/hell/limbo/what
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Je suis incapable de ne pas finir un livre que j'ai commencé. Ce qui explique parfois mon entêtement face aux plus sombres bouses...
Pourtant ici, j'ai failli abandonner à plusieurs reprises. Un mauvais livre aura au moins le mérite de me faire rire aux larmes mais ici, je me suis incroyablement et profondément ennuyée.

Il ne se passe rien. Les personnages sont creux.

Roger, notre héros, est censé être un enfant battu, mal-nourri, gardé prisonnier à l'arrière d'une charrette. Son oncle violent l'ex
Delaney Austin
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This book isn’t a good one, but nor is it horrible. It is definitely creative and well-written--the setting is absolutely enticing and well thought-out, the drama is believable, and the author uses captivating descriptive language and lets the reader create a perfect image in their mind as to what’s going on, no matter how elegant or brutal. With Roger as the narrator, you are able to know how he feels towards every situation he becomes involved in. The dialogue is also unique--the characters s ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I wanted to like "Crossing Over" more than I did. I had learned about this book at Norwest Con a few years ago when I attended a reading by Nancy Kress, aka Anna Kendall. Apparently, since the this is a young adult novel with subject matter very different from the science fiction that Nancy Kress usually writes, the publisher decided to have Nancy use a different pen name for "Crossing Over".

So, Nancy Kress read the first chapter of "Crossing Over" during the reading at Norwest Con and I liked i
Beth Kemp
This is a classic fantasy in some respects: vaguely medieval-type setting, magical elements, strong sense of a class divide. At the same time, none of these are exactly as expected: the 'land of the dead' is an original idea (as far as I can tell), and the society is matriarchal - the characters find it completely bizarre that in other societies men rule, as women clearly should be in charge as the givers of life. Roger's gift/curse/ability is a unique product of this unique world and is the mai ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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"The land of the dead is a dangerous place to be... and so is the land of the living"

Roger Kilbourne can cross over to the land of the dead... he just needs immense pain to do it. Of course inflicting the pain doesn't bother his uncle, Hartah, who takes advantage of Roger's "gift" whenever possible.

So when the promise of a better life comes along, Roger grabs it with both hands and hangs on. Roger's new life at the royal cour
May 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I do wish I could say that I enjoyed this book, but really I didn't. It started out promising with young Roger being beat by his uncle in order to con hard working patrons out of their money. Roger crosses over to the world of the dead and speaks to whomever the patron wishes to hear from. But of course everyone in the world of the dead is catatonic so trying to speak to any of them is useless.
But his life changes when his uncle attempts to rope him into (I don't remember the term for this) amb
Carter Davenport
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
"Darkness, Cold, Dirt choking my mouth, worms in my eyes, Earth imprisoning my flesh-less arms and legs". This is what Rodger from the book Crossing Over by Anna Kendall would think right before he would cross over to the country of the dead". That's seems really interesting and all, but with all the bad writing and very generic story line, it's not that great of a book.

The book starts off with with Rodger explaining the first time he ever crossed over to the country of the dead. Which if you di
Gillian Cohen
Aug 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about CROSSING OVER I was pretty intrigued about the book and made a crazy dash to my bookstore to pick a copy up.
Sadly it didn't stand up to the hype that I had created for myself, open reading the opening chapters I found myself falling a sleep and that for is a first. I haven't experienced a book up until CROSSING OVER where I had to fight to stay awake just to see if the story line might pick up. It was a tough couple of days.

Anna felt a need to randomly and unnecessarily
Great concept with some execution issues. Roger Kilbourne can cross over from the living to the land of the dead. So of course his sadistic uncle beats the living daylights out of him routinely and uses the information Roger gains from the dead to sell to the living. Pretty world, ain't it? Oh, and Roger is only 14.

I expected the setting to be contemporary, but it's not, it's a fantasy set in a queendom that's embroiled in a civil war between the aging monarch Queen, let's call her Blue, who ref
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
****SPOILER ALERT****: Anna Kendall poses an interesting question and places her main character Roger into a quite a predicament from the start of this story. And while the concept is intriguing - a boy who can cross over to the land of the dead by inflicting pain on himself - Kendall's execution was a little lacking. I found it difficult to like Roger until about the last third of the book when he finally decided to take charge of his life and situation. Now, since he is only 14 at the story's ...more
Mathilde Kirkeby
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Roger can cross over to the land of the dead, if he is subjected to pain. He is an orphan living with his aunt and uncle, and the abusive uncle uses Roger to rip off people that have lost a loved one.
Through various circumstances Roger escapes and comes to the main capital where the Queen discovers Roger's abilities and wants to use them for her own good.

Although the plot sounds captivating, I was left feeling disappointed. The book is not bad, but it's very uneven - just when it captivates you,
Adrian Chua
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
The book sorta screams "BUY ME!!" when you pick it up. I read the blurb and it caught my attention, it seemed dark, mysterious and enthralling.

I read it, and after being acquainted to Roger for half a book, I find him really shallow. There's supposedly some romance I guess, but it's mostly between a hormone enraged Roger fantasising about one day being able to be with Lady Cecilia. He had Maggie all the way and he couldn't see it up until the very damn end! Seriously Roger, open your eyes!

But b
Ruben Coomans
Het verhaal zit goed in elkaar. De auteur schept twee hele nieuwe werelden, maar deze waren nog niet voldoende uitgewerkt. Het was moeilijk om je een beeld van deze werelden - en dan vooral van Danderzij - te vormen. Ik ben blij dat het eerste boek in de trilogie een eigen verhaal beschrijft, dat ook afloopt. Ik weet niet of ik de andere boeken nog zal lezen, maar ik ben wel benieuwd wat de andere boeken geven. De reden dat ik erover twijfel of ik nog aan het vervolg start, is omdat de personage ...more
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Anna Kendall was born in Ireland and emigrated with her parents to the United States at the age of twelve. For several years she taught fourth grade. Anna lives in Seattle, where she plays a lot of chess. Crossing Over is her debut YA novel.

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