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Saturday, July 28, 2012

BETWEEN by Mary Ting_Review

Between (Crossroads Saga, #2)Between by Mary Ting

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for Books4Tomorrow Event

“Between” is a highly intriguing and complex novel, the sequel to “Crossroads.” Unfortunately I had not yet read “Crossroads,” but fortunately “Between” gives sufficient backstory and descriptive setting that I was able to immediately become involved in its story line. I really appreciated the imaginative metaphysics of author Mary Ting, who definitely put a new and exciting spin on the narrative of the Nephilim from Genesis, and on our view of Angels, Nephilim, and Fallen Ones.

Claudia Emerson’s life has turned surreal since the discovery that her father is Angelic. Loss of her beloved grandmother, and the discovery that other girls with her exact name whose boyfriends share the first name of her former boyfriend are targeted and disappearing nearly overbalances the peace she feels in Michael’s love, and the wonderment of living in a world populated by Angels, Nephilim, and other angelic and demonic beings.

Author Mary Ting keeps the suspense on the front burners, and the heat turned wide open, yet the juxtaposition of romance, familial love, and good friendship keeps the story from tilting too far in the fearful direction. Claudia is a good protagonist, with an intelligent head on her shoulders, dedication, and devotion. She is not a person easily fooled nor swayed toward evil.

The violence is graphic, so I would recommend this novel for 18+ YA and older. I would recommend reading “Crossroads” first, then “Between,” and then anticipating the third in this series.

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