Review: The Chosen Knights (The Angel Knights, #1) by Mary Ting

The Chosen KnightsThe Chosen Knights by Mary Ting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Chosen Knights’ is the first novel in the spinoff series ‘The Angel Knights’. This is the second series which the author, Mary Ting, has written about the wonderful world of angels and demons set in Crossroads, a place where Nephilim children reside. If you’re new to this author and/or series, you may want to start with the either the prequel, ‘The Angel Knights’, or go back to where it all began in the ‘Crossroads Saga’ with Michael and Claudia: father and mother to the two main protagonists of this series, Lucia and Zachary.
I was super hyped about receiving a reading copy of this novel. Not only was this a continuation of a great series, but it also starred some of my favourite fantastical creatures: angels and demons.
‘The Chosen Knights’ is written in first point narration and follows the perspective of Lucia, younger twin sister to Zachary. I loved her due to her emotive capacity and empathy towards others. She was strong and witty and loyal. In other words: my type of protagonist. Reading from her point of view never bored me!
The beginning starts off with a bang. I absolutely loved it! It grabbed me and refused to let me go. The reader gets a peak into awesome action straight away and gives such great detail and history to the future events in the novel. The prologue was dark and dangerous and just exquisitely written.
As this is this is the second young-adult series by Mary Ting, her writing style had seriously improved. The wording has made the story easier to read due to its smoother style and much more fluent. There still remained a few sentences with slightly awkward, unsure phrasing but overall there was a vast improvement.
The better writing SERIOUSLY also allowed for a deeper connection to the characters. I, as a reader, find the character-reader bond very important as that is what allows for a deep emotional understanding and connection, which as a result, makes the novel a bigger pleasure to read.
The emotive and imagery language used was spot on. I felt every moment as if I was part of the story. It was powerful and exhilarating!
Plot was very well thought through. It kept you reading and DIEING to find out more. There was lots of tension and drama and anticipation. It would call to you every single time you would put it down and refuse to be put down when you had to. There were plot twists, shocks and surprises galore!
Character development and variety was spectacular! I couldn’t believe how special and unique each and every one was! From main characters to minor ones, each had a personality rich in flaws, traits, and individual styles. Each character would evolve and change overtime and as the plot progressed.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more chemistry in it than your usual young-adult novel, then this is it! I can’t believe how charged some of the scenes were and how utterly swoon worthy the male characters! Whew!
There were a few formatting issues in my reading copy such as unnecessary blank pages but there was one typo but no spelling mistake. The font was a bit too big in my opinion but it was easy on the eyes. Grammar was well done and prose had incredibly improved in quality.
Loved the finale! It was soooo bittersweet! What an epic way to end the first instalment!
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing the first, gorgeous instalment in ‘The Angel Knights’ series! I can’t wait for ‘The Blessed Knights’!

Rating Plan
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!

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RevIew: The Angel Knights (The Angel Knights, #0.5) by Mary Ting

The Angel Knights (The Angel Knights, #0.5)The Angel Knights by Mary Ting
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Angel Knights’ is the prequel to the spinoff series of the ‘Crossroads Saga’. It follows Lucia and Zach, the seventeen-year-old children of Michael and Claudia, as they prepare for the battle of a lifetime. It have lots of insight into what would happen in the first full novel and was a sort of teaser for those who wanted to know what ‘The Chosen Knights’ would be about. I would strongly recommend this to anybody who is wary of picking up this series but would like to find out what it’s about.
With that being said, if you’re ready to pick up this series then I would have to strongly recommend reading the ‘Crossroads Saga’ first as it would give you a better insight into the plot and characters as well as history. The novella prequel does give you the basic details but I believe that it would be more enjoyable if you read the ‘Crossroads Saga’ series first and then ‘The Angel Knights’ series.
I loved the little plot the author had going. If you’re wondering whether you should pick up ‘The Angel Knights’ BEFORE ‘The Chosen Knights’, don’t. I’d strongly recommend you read the prequel.
I really enjoyed the introduction of Lucia and Zachary. They remind me so much of their parents! ESPECIALLY in their personalities and behaviour. It was interesting seeing them all grown up and behaving (almost) like adults.
The majority of the prequel was written in first person narration from Lucia’s perspective, though Claudia’s and Michael’s perspectives were added in the last chapter. The phrasing was sometimes a bit awkward and could have been worked on a little more.
There were a few formatting issues with the novella. Some chapters had a blank page at the end for no reason and this disrupted the quality and pleasure of reading the paperback. The font was a bit too large in my opinion and could be cut down.
Despite all, this was a solid three star for me.
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing the prequel to her new series ‘The Angel Knights’.

Rating Plan
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!

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Review: Eternity (Crossroads Saga, #4) by Mary Ting

Eternity (Crossroads Saga, #4)Eternity by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

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’!

Rating Plan
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!

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Review: Halo City (Crossroads Saga, #3.5) by Mary Ting

Halo City (Crossroads Saga, #3.5)Halo City by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Halo City’ is a novella which chronologically takes place before the events of book one, ‘Crossroads’, and in publication order takes place after book three, ‘Beyond’. It follows Michael as he makes his first appearance at Halo City, Crossroads and it was a really enjoyable insight into his past and personality.
I loved the flow of the story. It seemed gentle and just plain happy. There were some really humorous moments that just made me smile a silly grin and others which were sadder. The emotions were VERY palpable in this novella!
The authoress also introduced Claudia is a unique way. I really enjoyed how the author showed Michael’s and Claudia’s first meetings. It really was a wonderful insight into the couple’s past.
Many of the supporting characters we see in the rest of the series have come back and made their – silly yet endearing – entrances and introductions. It was nice to see their return.
There were a few formatting issues with my paperback copy such as that some pages were blank after a chapter ended, for no reason, and the font was a bit too big for the novel. It seemed almost childish in size.
The grammar was good, yet there were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. The prose could have been worked on a little bit more, in my opinion.
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing a lovely companion novella to the ‘Crossroads’ series!

Rating Plan
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!

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Review: Beyond (Crossroads Saga, #3) by Mary Ting

Beyond (Crossroads Saga, #3)Beyond by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

Review

Since the previous novel in the series, ‘Between’, a lot had been introduced. Vampyrs or vampires have been presented as fallen angels who’ve been changed be a witch into creatures needing blood to sustain themselves. I found this particularly interesting because of the way the author decided to integrate this particularly popular fantasy creature. I couldn’t wait to delve in!
It was a slow beginning for ‘Beyond’ I would sometimes get bored with the course of events but meetings between Claudia and Michael always kept me going. The story reminded me so much of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ because of the way Michael kept Claudia from looking him in the face – as if hiding his beastliness. There were lots of mundane everyday life moments for me that I thought unnecessary.
Characters continued to evolve and develop in ‘Beyond’. I saw different sides to character reveal itself and shine and learned new things about them. They were all easily distinguishable, not from the way they appeared or spoke, but from the way they acted and their thoughts. I loved that! Each added their own to the overall story and it was great fun returning to them once again!
The plot was a bit…dry…at times for lack of better word. I would have dearly loved to see a subplot going from the villains point of view! There were some glimpses of them in the beginning and they really thrilled me but at other times they would disappear for ages and leave me high and dry. The chapter endings could also use a bit of a cliff-hanger as they would really encourage readers to continue turning those pages.
‘Beyond’ is told in third person past tense throughout the majority of the novel. Although I favour this “person” I have continually found it awkward to read throughout the novel and at times in the previous. It hadn’t really let me connect. I know that in previous situations – such as the prologue – where the author wrote in first person, I found it a lot better. Claudia’s perspective IS written in first person though whenever the author deviated from her to another character’s perspective, it was strange. Slightly abrupt and very detaching, but a good use of style to differentiate between different characters and their views. However, a downfall to the author’s style which I’ve noticed this time round was that the author did not stay consistent with Claudia’s perspective. She would often alternate between using first person and third person. This majorly confused for me and was very jolting, too. This was probably the main reason that I have been unable to bond with Claudia in one of the previous novels in the series.
The author also had a tendency to state the obvious and leave very little to the imagination. It was slightly restrictive and it showed the author’s weaker writing side. Words or phrases were also repeated which was okay, but something that should also be worked on. I believe that Mary Ting could also work on her prose due to its overly simplistic nature at times.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much about vampires as I hoped there would be. In fact, there was hardly anything about them except in the beginning. I was extremely sad as I believed the author had something quite clever up her sleeve and it would have done the book well if she chose to make vampires key creatures/beings in her novel. It really would have put a spice and edge to the plot and the action.
The ending was beautiful. A wonderful little surprise lies in store for our characters. Seriously, I closed the novel and sighed. I’m still giddy from the way it ended!
The grammar could have been worked on but everything else was quite good. There were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. Overall, a well edited self-published novel.
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing the THIRD novel in her series with the loveliest little ending!

Rating Plan
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!

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

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

Review

I was pretty pumped getting to read this novel, especially because it came to me in all its beautiful glory as a paperback. Yet this novel also meant the great potential I saw for the series in the first book was also continued here. And I must say it was pretty darn exciting revisiting this old world!
I loved the emotions that literally PERMEATED the novel! It was full of love and passion, but also heaps and heaps and HEAPS of longing. This time I could emotionally connect to our main protagonist and experience this beautiful world alongside her. It really made the story so much more potent as it was an obstacle the author had to overcome in the first novel, ‘Crossroads’.
An old character from ‘Crossroads’ came back in this sequel, and he was not what he seemed. I was pretty surprised and intrigued by the new revelation a few chapters into the novel but also gleefully clapping my hands together for one specific reason. He wanted our dear Claudia Emerson, too! And when I mean wants I mean WANTS! Austin – that’s his name – and Michael were now fighting for her love in this novel and I can’t say that I exactly want her to be with Michael. At the beginning of the novel I was SERIOUSLY on the edge of my seat, wondering what the author was going to do.
Character development in this novel was done spectacularly well. I no longer felt as if some characters were a bit weak in their development or personality. Each was a strong and unique individual that played a great part in the story. I loved some characters for their sense of humour and their loyalty in times of hardships. I was unable to truly loathe the villains, however. It seemed to me that the author loved all her characters so much that it came through in her writing. Characters also evolved over time. It was AWESOME because now they ALL felt vital and tangible despite the fact that some were only minor.
‘Between’ had word-building that really was outstanding. The development and establishment of the world Mary Ting introduced was extraordinarily well continued in this sequel! I learned HEAPS more about the angels and demons that inhabited the Earth, and some important new twists were added that I can’t WAIT to read more about in the third novel ‘Beyond’.
Plot progression and storyline also showed significant improvement compared to the first in the series, ‘Crossroads’. There was just something different about the way the author told her story: like she now had a more concrete idea of where it was going. She skilfully manipulated her characters to create a very gripping plot that made you keep turning the pages, without you knowing it. There was a steady pace to the novel that I thoroughly enjoyed yet at times felt as if it could speed up a little. Battle scenes in my opinion were an area of weakness. I couldn’t seem to get into them and feel the adrenaline. They ended all too soon and were over before I had realised they began. I would strongly recommend that the author infuse her writing with more drama during those scenes as it would really help pick up the pace.
The novel’s finale was just too good! I loved it and how it rounded everything up so well. There wasn’t a cliff-hanger per say, but we are left with a HUGE one emotionally. If you’ve already read this novel, you’ll understand what I mean! I strongly encourage other readers to read this novel! If only JUST for the ending!
The novel was written in first person past tense once again. I found that slightly disappointing as I have learned from experience that first person narration is not the most reliable view when reading a story. I have also found that reading from Claudia Emerson’s point of view made it even more so.
Grammar showed itself to be done well, and there were no spelling mistakes that I could spot. I noticed a couple of typos but overall, it was a well formatted novel as a self-pub. Unfortunately, for me there just wasn’t that something that would have pushed me towards giving this novel a five star. This was a solid four star and I can’t wait to see more from the series!
Congratulations to Mary Tings on publishing a spectacular sequel! I can’t wait for ‘Beyond’!

Rating Plan
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!

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Review: Crossroads (Crossroads Saga, #1) by Mary Ting

Crossroads (Crossroads Saga, #1)Crossroads by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Crossroads’ was a novel I had high expectations of. I really looked forward to exploring this new world and the blurb had really enchanted me. I couldn’t wait to see what Mary Ting, the author, would make of her characters and world ever since she personally informed me that the first two chapters in the novel were actually based on real life dreams she had a while ago. I felt that the novel was going to be stellar for sure!
So here is my opinion upon having read the prologue of ‘Crossroads’. The language was slightly…I can’t really describe it…but, OFF somehow. Like the author tried to make and express her story as soulfully and deeply as she could but somehow during the process of transferring thoughts to document made them a teeny bit wonky. After a little while the writing did seem to come more naturally and fluently. It became nicer to read as the author gained more confidence.
What I really admired about the prologue, though? The way the author used imagery language to really communicate the world of ‘Crossroads’ across to her reader. I loved the bombardment of images and pictures I had in my brain. It was a beautiful setting that she created! What I got straight away is that the novel really centres on dreams, and the author really carried that across very well. When I first started reading I could FEEL the dream-like quality to the story. It was yet another something I loved.
Ok. So my first meeting and getting to know the main character, Claudia Emerson, didn’t go so well. I really disliked her. She seemed like the most stereotypical, typical and the epitome of the average, novel main character who has a run in the fantastical or supernatural world. But further into the novel I grew to know and understand her so that my opinion was completely different by the end of the novel.
There was SO much chemistry going on between Claudia and Michael that I was afraid that the book would combust in my very hands. I must admit that it was cheesy but I liked it even though the depth of their intimacy – which happened so fast – was slightly weird. (And no, there were no steamy scenes it’s just that their affections towards each other were so deep emotionally and intimate that I found it surprising.)
The novel had this quiet and eerie atmosphere to it that I really enjoyed! There was a mysterious tension that lingered throughout the whole novel that kinda spooked but TOTALLY intrigued me. It felt almost like a murder/mystery genre! There was this one scene especially that REALLY spooked me. Lol! This author’s a firecracker!
On the downside, I couldn’t connect with the characters emotionally. They felt slightly distant and out of touch for me. I couldn’t see what they saw, heard what they heard or felt what they felt. This really bothered me. It was also another factor that drew away from the novel.
I felt that the ending dragged on. I didn’t really understand why the author continued to write when she neatly wrapped up everything in the two chapters after the final showdown between the angels and the fallen.
Excellent grammar and spelling! I loved that the author’s style was so clear and effective, it carried over a lot of important things in the novel. There were a couple of formatting issues in the novel but it didn’t take away from the story.
This was a solid 4 star as I really felt that it had the potential to be something more but seemed to lack something that would have made it a 5 star. Overall, it was a lovely angels and demons story and I am looking forward to reading ‘Between’.
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing a lovely YA debut novel!

Rating Plan
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!

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