Author: Mary Ting [website]
Published: April 2011 by World Castle Publishing
Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Source: Won in a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway hosted by the author herself. Thank you!
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. There, 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. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should?
Cover Art: Love the cover art; the wings in the background of the arches are perfect. Not loving the typography so much however.
[Book 1 of 3 in the Crossroads Saga]
This book was great in the sense that it was different from the other paranormal romances by having angels as a main concept as opposed to vampires or werewolves. Not that these two species are not fun to read about, but having a different culture [if we can call it that] makes the read more fun and enjoyable.
Another aspect I liked about this novel is the travelling between worlds concept. The creativity and thought that were necessary to come up with such a place is much appreciated for this novel. It really made a difference in my opinion of the book. The characters could have been more developed, but I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt, as this is her debut novel and the first in a series. I thought the main characters were well written and had some chemistry [though not as much as I would have liked]. The plot was simple and easy to follow. However, I think I was expecting more to happen in the story. Perhaps it carries on in the sequel, which I hope to get my hands on in the future.
Overall this book is recommended for those who like paranormal romance [there is much of it in this novel], angels, and new worlds to explore.