Thursday 30 June 2011

Crossroads by Mary Ting: Review and Giveaway!!

Title: Crossroads
Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Summary: On the same night of her friend’s tragic death, Claudia Emerson encounters another world, Crossroads, through her dream. There, she learns about a mix breed of angels and humans, who possess supernatural powers. Among those with these powers, lies evil, known as the fallen. Mystified by her ability to enter this place called Crossroads, certain that the fallen will be after her, she is assigned a guardian angel named Michael. 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

Review: I have never read any books about angels before, but after reading this book, I definitely will! Crossroads lets a person's imagination explore a a world where only books can take you. Crossroads is a wonderful Young Adult book that could be categorized as a Paranormal Romance.

Speaking of Paranormal Romance, the two main characters in Crossroads, Claudia and Michael are wonderful! I absolutely fell in love with both these characters. In the beginning you automatically want to dislike Michael, but can't help taking a liking to his personality throughout the book. Claudia is a girl who I believe most teenagers could relate to, besides the fact that she has a special supernatural gift, that even she is unaware she has. Although there were characters that I could not stand due to their greed and lies and pure evilness, Mary did a fantastic job at writing the part of Aden, a  Fallen who is after Claudia.

For  first time, self published author, I was impressed. I loved the way author Mary Ting wrote; she added so much detail into the story that made a reader feel as if they were actually there. The writing was fun but at the same time there were tidbits that were suspenseful and serious. This book is a page turner, unfortunately at the time I was reading I was busy and had to allow myself to read only several chapters at a time, which was very difficult to do! So I recommend having a day or two filled with nothing but reading Crossroads. The ending will have you wanting more!

I would recommend this book to anyone! Crossroads is a fantastic YA book. It goes beyond the cliched paranormal romance and makes a person question the true meaning of love, life and religion. 

GIVEAWAY!!  (US/Canada/International) 

 Mary Ting was nice enough to let Dark Readers do a giveaway of her new book Crossroads. Crossroads is self published by Mary; It will be getting republished later on this year (so keep an eye out for another giveaway!) but we want to let you have the chance of winning a SIGNED, first version of Crossroads, a beautiful Swarovski heart necklace, and a Crossroads bag. 

 Enter to Win: All you need to do is leave a comment on the bottom of this post about the review. Please leave your e-mail address so there is a way that we can contact you if you are the winner! You do need to be a follower of the blog and the Winner will be chosen by
 Contest will end at 12a EST USA time on July 12, 2011. 
Also, please check out Mary Ting on her Facebook page (HERE) as well as on Twitter @MaryTing   


Unknown said...

This sounds so good (loving the Michael-factor, shout out to my husband! :D ), I'd love to be in with a chance to win a copy!

CherylSab said...

Crossroads sounds like an amazing book. Angels and supernatural powers?? I'd love to win this!!

Qandthebooks said...

Ooh, I'll keep my eye out for this book! (:


Anonymous said...

Oooh this book sounds great, and Michael sounds even better ;) I like that you said the reader feel as if they were actually there, I love that kind of books.

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Na said...

Crossroads sounds like such an intriguing read. I want to immerse myself in Claudia's world already.

Gfc follower.

ArtemisG said...

Great review! The truth is I don't really like books about Angels but Crossroads seems very interesting. I have obsession with paranormal romance and I think this story is for me.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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buddyt said...

A nrw author to me but the book sounds as if it would be a good read so please enter me in the giveaway.

Thank you.

Carol T

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Janae's Book Obsession said...

I have been wanting to read this book for awhile now! And then your review sealed the deal! :D Thank you for the giveaway!

TheGirlOnFire said...

I am really glad you liked it! I have read a few angel books and I have had some serious disappointments. I am glad this author pulled it off, I can't wait to see for myself.
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Vivien said...

I've been having a hard time committing to angel novels lately but this sounds really promising.
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Shirley said...

This book sounds really interesting! I'm a fan of angel-related books, so I'm definitely looking forward to this one!

- GFC follower

~Shirley :)

kaependragon said...

Crossroads sounds really good! I've read a few angel novels and I'm looking for some new candidates to share on my blog! Thanks for the contest!

Derek said...

Pick me. :) Sounds like a lovely novel.

Mandy IReadIndie said...

I am really wanting to read this!
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Martha said...

This book sounds so good! I have read some good books about angels and some bad so I'm always open to a new one!


Katie said...

I love characters that change through out the novel and change your opinion of them.

thanks for the giveaway!


aurora M. said...

Sounds like the kind of book I could get into! thanks for the review and a chance at a great giveaway package!

Allie said...

I love reading angels and love stories. Im sure that i will love this book if i win it.
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Emily said...

emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com
First vampires(in popularity) and now i believe that angels are going to take the first place spot for popularity. More and more novels are about angels. I cant wait to read this.

Chunming said...

heiroftherealm at yahoo dot com
I read some teasers on Mary Ting's FB and they sound great. I would really like to read this novel.

Tsuichu said...

Great giveaway. Angels, fallen angels, topics like this are my favorite to read in novels.
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Emma said...

Hello, Emma here!
I have not read any angel novels yet, so this would be my first. I would love to win to get a chance to read this.

roro said...

great give away rossroads sounds like an amazing book. Angels and supernatural powers?? I'd love to win this!!

Alshan said...

It sounds like a fresh new take on angels. I like the concept of Crossroads. Love to win this.
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Judy said...

What a great plotline. Sounds like a good read to me!!!!
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YiTing said...

WOw! Great prizes to win. I would love to read this book. IS there going to be more from this series?
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Alice said...

Great review!! It left me itching to read the book :D
Hope Mary Ting writes more books for this series.
alicemeimei1103 at yahoo dot com

xlacrimax said...

I've never read any YA about angels before, too, so I will keep this book in mind!

Laura said...

Great interview. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

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Ashley Noelle said...

Eep! I LOVE books about angels and what not. This sounds so exciting. Can't wait to read it. I'll have to keep this book in mind!

brittkneesaur said...

I've never heard someone call a novel a 'paranormal romance' before, but I have to say it sounds awesome! Your review made me want it even MORE! If i don't win, Deff gonna have to buy anyway! :)

thank you for this contest :)

Gabby said...
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Amanda c said...

I have already won this book from Mary, but I have a friend that would love this book so I'm entering for a chance to give my friend an amazing gift. My email address is

MandiLynne said...

Romance, guardian angels, and the supernatural.
What more could a girl ask for?

Bwyatt said...

Cool! I'm seeing more and more about this book every day. It sounds great! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win.


Yoletta78 said...

Crossroads sounds very interesting, I can't wait to read it. I would love to win this!!!

KVSalvatore said...

i want to read this book so badly since i fisrt hear of it!! but i can't buy it in my Country :( sound so interesting! thanks for giving us a chance to win :)

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