ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited for ‘Eternity’! It’s the fourth and final instalment in the ‘Crossroads Saga’ and after traveling on this journey since book one, I was eager to find out how it would all go down.
I had complete cover-lust for this novel! ‘Eternity’s cover was absolutely romantic and beautiful and phenomenal! I loved the colours and the general design. I also really admired how the meadow of wheat in which Claudia and Michael stand in was the same one used in book one, ‘Crossroads’. It was kind of like “it will all end where it started”.
I was absolutely enchanted with the start of the novel! There was such a nice surprise that I think it ruined me for any other works in this series. I was SO happy for Claudia and Michael! I liked how well the last novel linked to the spin-off series ‘The Angel Knights’!
‘Eternity’ is written in third person narration and follows multiple character perspectives from minor ones, like Austin and Dantanian, to our main leads’, Michael and Claudia. The transition from one character to another was something that should be worked on. I think that it was a bit confusing at times as there were so many quick changes but I liked the fact that the author tried to include so many different views.
The chemistry between Claudia and Michae was SINCERELY and UTTERLY OFF THE CHARTS. Seriously, people, if you’re in for some clearly implied hot/heavy/sexy scenes that do not actually delve into the…arghm…action…than pick up the ‘Crossroads Saga’! With that all said, I’d strongly recommend this novel to a higher young-adult audience. Some of the scenes would just destroy the poor innocent minds of twelve to fourteen year olds.
The writing also contained too much telling and not enough showing. There were moments when the author would point out the most obvious of situations which I believe they didn’t need to be. I would also doubt the love of Michael and Claudia because they would tell the other “I love you” sooooo many times and it would just become too overused. There were so many special moments for me that I felt were just less for me due to that. I would strongly recommend that the author concentrate more on subtle character actions such as body language. I believe this would REALLY and SIGNIFICANTLY impact the quality of her work.
The story took a little time getting on its feet and then finally rolling around to the climax of the plot. It dragged on for the first half and I didn’t entirely understand why.
When it did roll around a little more than halfway through the novel, I loved it. The battle scenes and the general “chaos” scenes that most action-genred novels include were done a WHOLE lot better than the author’s first attempts at those. I really enjoyed following the authors progress and maturity as an author.
There were a few formatting issues in the novel. At the end of some chapter an unnecessary blank page was left. It was easy to ignore but it ruined the general appeal of actually reading the paperback.
There were NO typos or spelling mistakes that I could spot in my reading copy, which was fantastic! Grammar was good, yet the prose could have still been worked on a little.
I can’t wait for the spinoff series! The ending of ‘Eternity’ wrapped everything up quite well and allowed for a great connection between the ‘Crossroads Saga’ and the ‘Angel Knights’ series!
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing the long-awaited, FINALE to the ‘Crossroads Saga’!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!