A.B. Whelan writes young-adult fantasy and sci-fi stories with plenty of romance, action and a hint of religion. She is the author of the award winning Fields of Elysium series. She is known for giving away loads of signed books and unique goodies. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads and Google+.
Crossroads by Mary Ting is a lovely teen fantasy about an
average, well-mannered high school girl and her romantic and protective
guardian angel. Ting masterfully leads the reader into and through the story.
After the first few pages the reader will find herself entangled in the world
of Claudia and get to know her family and friends. The scenes and emotions are
so real, as if they were right out of the pages of a young girl’s diary. Boring
descriptions and heavy philosophical conversations don’t weigh down on the
reader. It’s easy to follow and the reader soon becomes friends with the
I recommend this book for preteens and anyone who is young
at heart or wishes to relive the excitement of first love. Older readers often
criticize young-adult novels, claiming they are too slow or too melodramatic,
or the protagonist was not tough enough. I remember when I was sixteen and fell
in love for the first time. My legs shook whenever I walked toward this boy who
made butterflies flap around in my stomach. I second-guessed everything I did
or said because I wanted to be perfect for him.
So if I had to choose between books filled with violence,
hip stuff, and vulgar language (because the author wanted to be so true to how
teenagers really talk), or books that teach my daughter to have faith in
herself, and be loyal to the one she loves, and show how to recognize true
worth in a boyfriend, then I would choose the latter. There is enough suffering
in the real world, so kids are better off learning about the beautiful things,
such as believing that a guardian angel watches over them, that if some one
loves them, he will show it and not only say it. And Ting’s book does exactly that. These are a few of the
reasons I loved Twilight, and I enjoyed Crossroads as well. Character Interview: Michael (provided by the author):
Before you met
Claudia, what was a typical day like for you?
Since we have no
concept of time in Halo City, I can’t tell you what my day is like, but I can tell
you what I have been doing: teaching the young ones sword fighting; practice sword
fighting-mostly with Davin; reading the bible with Alexa Rose and other
children; meetings with Phillip, Margaret, and Agnes; and learning the history
of before and after Christ. I also enjoy making things out of my hands, but my
favorite thing I made was the butterfly necklace I made for Claudia for her
birthday. These are just few of the things I’ve been doing.
time on earth, have any of your memories come back?
Spending more time
on earth has not brought any memories back. I honestly think it will never
happen. The Royal Council does not make mistakes. They were adamant about
wiping our memories of our lives on earth. But the emotions have not
disappeared. The human emotions are much stronger on Earth, for example, such
emotion as jealousy. The thought of Claudia with another guy just drives me
crazy, not that she was, but the thought makes me angry. Also, when I’m around
Claudia, I can’t think straight. We are forbidden to fall in love, but I can’t
help the way I feel. When I hold her in my arms, my heart beats faster. I melt into her and my human emotions
start to take over.
What made you
decide to leave Aden?
I followed Aden,
thinking that it was the right thing to do. We believe that angels and humans
can co-exist. I strongly believed in our quest. I decided to leave Aden when I
found out his true motives. Not only did he want to take over Crossroads, he
wanted to take over humanity and have them worship him. I finally opened my
eyes and I encourage many to follow me to stop Aden. Unfortunately, I was
deceived by a friend and Aden knew our plan of attack. That day is very hazy. I
remember being injured and the next thing I knew, I was laying on a bed in Halo
What are some of
your special talents that we haven’t seen yet?
Claudia called me
Superman once. I didn’t know who Superman was, let alone his powers. I asked
Davin to find out who Superman is because I wanted to know who Claudia thought
so highly off especially if I had to worry about him swooning over her. Now
that I know he is a fictional character, I can relax. You can compare my powers
to Superman. I have strength. I can fly and see through walls. My wings, soft
and comforting, is my secret weapon. Special talents you haven’t seen yet-I am
one with nature. I can make it snow, control temperature, levitate things and
people and I have yet to discover more.
spending time with Claudia, what is your favorite thing to do?
Besides spending time with Claudia, I
enjoy spending time with Alexa Rose, Davin, Vivian, and Caleb. Also, I enjoy
observing human mannerism. For example, I'm trying to understand why Ryan
behaved the way he did on his birthday party. He was drunk and acted
inappropriately. Why did he behave this way? Did he think he was going to win
Claudia back by acting ridiculously?
What is something
you would like to do on earth that you haven’t had an opportunity for yet?
I haven’t had time
to see the world. I would love to see the world with Claudia. I can definitely
fly us anywhere. I would also like to watch the cool action movies, especially
Superman movies. Though I know it is produced by special effects, they look so
real. I get a kick out of it.
Thank you for the
Character Interview: Davin (provided by the author):
Hello there. It’s so good to
be here. “Big Smile”
What do you think of the technology?
I think it’s very cool.
“Chuckle” I really like the Itouch. I can listen to all sorts of music. I also like the computer. It’s where I
search when I need information about all kinds of stuff. Human lives are full
of goodies, celebrations and so much I have yet to learn about. It’s great to
be a human.
What’s your favorite holiday?
I didn’t get to experience
much except for Christmas. Though Valentine’s Day is not a holiday. I don’t
know why it isn’t. We should celebrate love day… don’t you think? So I would
have to say Christmas. I like the idea of giving and receiving. And just like
Valentine’s Day, there is a story behind Santa Claus, but you already knew
Do you get along with the
I feel really bad what
happened to Patrick. It can’t be easy for Holly and Austin. I like Holly. She
can be cool, but sometimes she is bossy. Austin…he’s alright. He talks too
much. I don’t like it that he has a crush on Claudia. Crush is the right word…
correct? It better not be love or I’ll have to…. Ooops… sorry, didn’t mean to…
where is my manners? I need to be polite in interviews. “Smile” Anyway, Austin
is not all that bad… I guess. “Shoulder shrugs”
If you were a mundane person, what would you do with your life?
I would like to know what
falling in love feels like. Seeing Michael and Claudia, the way they are around
each other makes me want to feel it too. We can’t be with anyone that way so I
might as well forget it. “Frown”
Thank you!!! Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thanks for having me. This
was really cool. “Thumbs up” See you when I see you. “Wink”