Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Source: I own this one!
Genre: YA Angels/Romance
Book Description: ***Gold Medal READERS FAVORITE AWARDS WINNER 2012 for Young Adult-General***
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 heaven and earth. It is where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. Where, Claudia meets Michael, a nephilim, a half angel, half human, whom she often meets in her dreams. It turns out that this isn’t her first visit to Crossroads, which is an enigma for no human can ever travel there until Claudia.
Now the fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special and it is up to Michael and the other nephilims to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed, about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should?
My thoughts: I have wanted to read this book since I first saw it when it came out. The synopsis drew me in and it has some great reviews from several of the bloggers that I follow. I also have a huge fascination with nephilim and angels.
My only question is, why did I wait so long to read the book? That's the hard part of book blogging, not having time to read the books that I want to read for fun.
Claudia is caught in the conflict between the angels and the fallen. She had the unique ability to go to the crossroads, a place in between Earth and Heaven. She shouldn't be there. She shouldn't know how to get there. But night after night, her dreams take her there. Her access to the crossroads puts her in jeopardy. She becomes a beacon that attracts the fallen. Now, she must be assigned a guardian angel, Michael. The one who has loved her from afar. Love between them is forbidden.
I had fun reading this book. There is action and romance. Even though love is forbidden it doesn't stop Michael and Claudia's feelings for each other the steamy kisses that come with the feelings. I enjoy Mary Ting's writing style. It is straight forward and interesting. She pulls the story together without getting sidetracked on side stories.
This is a series that I plan on following and reading. Now I can, because she has two more books out and I don't have to wait for the next installment!
Between by Mary Ting: (Crossroads #2)
Book Description: As the alkins head back to Crossroads, Claudia leads her normal life; but not for long. Having a special soul, Claudia attracts danger, and she soon finds out who Gamma asked to watch over her. The Twelve, known as Divine Elders on Earth, are very much involved when they find out that Aliah, one of the God's first angels, escaped from the Abyss when the gates were opened by Aden. Needing Claudia's soul to escape the only place Aliah can reside-a place between Heaven and Earth-he sends his demons in search of all Claudia Emersons on Earth. Taking her soul will enable him to be released from Between and cross over to Crossroads, which would give him immense power. As more secrets are revealed Claudia learns about the venators-nephilim, demon hunters. Now two opposing forces must work together in order to save Claudia and humanity from the most dangerous angel ever created. But along the way, trust becomes a big issue. Will love be enough to keep Claudia and Michael together? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice? Who will betray them all?
Book Description: Torn between the past she can't remember and a future she isn’t ready for, Claudia feels at a loss. With unanswered questions, she is certain there is more to her past than just being a venator. Finding the missing pieces in her life won’t be easy because duty calls. When mysterious dark shadows get released, an apocalypse sets in motion. The venators and the alkins must work together once again. Knowing Claudia would be the key to destroying the demons that were released, a familiar stranger appears to protect her. Drawn to the beautiful angel, Claudia finds she must unravel the mysteries of her past in order to help save the world. Who is the angel assisting her and why does she feel a strong connection to him? Time is running out. Will she discover all the secrets before it’s too late?
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