***Gold Medal READERS FAVORITE AWARDS WINNERfor Young AdultGeneral***Can two worlds collide in dreams? Protecting her from the fallen was his dutyFalling in love was never part of his planLoving her was forbiddenBeing with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilimhalf angel, half human Now that she's been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her Her dream becomes a nightmare as secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most One of the best reads of the year The author puts you in a place you see as true and neverending True love and romance and a must read for all ages You can believe that angels are real and watch over us all the time Wonderful story and can't wait for . 4.5Yet again, another cracker by Mary Ting! These books are brilliant, they always help me out of my reading slumps but then always seem to put me back in one! I love angels and YA books so this was a brilliant combination of both! This series really excites me I really liked Claudia and Michael's relationship, very flirty and innocent! And it was truly loving reading their story, especially since I have started the Blessed Knights series which is about Claudia and Michaels kids! LOVE IT! Wow I can't believe everyone is giving this book 5's Maybe my expectations are too high for YA Was this written by a 16 year old? I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters build at all The writing was so stiff and obvious it was distracting! The dialog used was not at all how normal teens would talk and interact For example, does this sound like the response of a teen customer in a store to Claudia's best friend Patty after following Patty looking like a lost puppy while Patty helped her find cool clothes to buy? The voice of it sounds like the speaker is 50:Thank you, Patty, for everything And don't worry, I'll come again soon You were so helpful and very attentive Editing failed to catch repeated prose and logic issues, such as:'I was rambling so fast out of confusion and I didn't know if he understood anything I was trying to tell him I'm trying to follow, but I'm not sure what you are trying to tell me Michael looked confused.' From Claudia's perspective, where somehow the assailant's name pops up before he's identified: 'Fear emanated from Aden's eyes when he realized Michael was closer than before He glided further back and with fury, he cried out, Michael, it's too late! Aden, you don't have to do this What do you want from her? This man was Aden, the fallen's leader Terror began running through my body'I won't be moving forward with the series It's just too juvenile for me =( Crossroads is a book that I think is the ultimate Young Adult book It is a book I would have my own 16 year old read It offers great romance and faith based living It follows a young girl raised by a single mom and a caring Gamma(a name my kids also used)who comes of age in the most remarkable way Filled with star crossed lovers, fantastical creatures, good friends, beautiful places and evil, this book is an easy read This easy to follow plot is full of twists, turns, surprises and battles which in this reviewer's opinion is extremely important (since I usually find battles hard to follow in a book and would skip them.) The author told us the story without extreme attention to the surroundings (too often I encounter books which have pages dedicated to the description of the surroundings which I usually skip also) Her descriptions of the settings in the book were enough to teleport us there to continue the enjoyment of the story.The characters are likable and well developed Mary ting's explanation of the half breeds sounds plausible and real Their hierarchy very real and keeping with the Christian faith Crossroads is one of the few books I have read that I couldn't wait until I got to the end I had to see what would happen and now I can't wait for the sequel!