Review – Crossroads by J.J. Bonds

Title: Crossroads
Author: J.J. Bonds
Series: Crossroads Academy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: November 2011

Book Description

When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.

Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried.

Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.

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My Review

It has been a little while since I have read a Vampire book that is set in a boarding school, so I thought I might pick up the first book in this series and give it a whirl since I won book 2 from J.J. Bonds when Liz @ Fictional Candy hosted her on her blog. I must say I was pleasantly surprised, I not only enjoyed the book but I think I have found a new author that I am going to love!

Katia is about to start her first year at the Crossroads Academy which is exclusive to Full Bred Vampires. She is new to Vampire politics and has been announced as the great niece of Aldo, the head of the Vampire Council.

Katia has a lot of secrets and I found it fascinating how she carried on trying to maintain a low profile even though there is a lot of attention on her. She is smart and has a passion for learning how to fight and defend herself and is willing to learn all she can about this world of Vampires. She is very fond of her uncle and his wife and will do anything to keep him happy, even though they have only known each other for a short period of time. There is a lot of speculation about her background but Katia doesn't do anything to make people question her. But no matter how hard she tries to stay unnoticed, some people find their way under her defences and she even makes a few friends.

Shaya will hopefully be a good friend for Katia, she is a quiet girl who can stand out in a crowd with her unusual fashion sense, but she also has secrets. Anya is like a councillor and tries to guide Katia and encourages her to open up. And then there is Nik… he is a fellow classmate, her instructor and totally Hawt, I liked him from the start, although he comes across a little arrogant, he is just a really nice guy.

J.J. Bonds has a writing style that kept me captivated. The world building was fabulous as she fills us in on the background of her vampires and describes the school beautifully as she creates her amazing world. The plot was addictive as I was trying to figure out Katia and what her secrets were along the way, so I was surprised when I found out what it was. When I look back now I can see the clues that were dropped throughout the story. The characters have good chemistry, even though Katia doesn’t want any relationships. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I look forward to see how things are going to develop in the future now that I know some of Katias secrets.

About the Author

J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy. She is the author of the Crossroads Academy series, a trilogy of YA Paranormal Romance novels. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her obsession with all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, and zombies. Sings off key.

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  1. Wickedly DeliciousMay 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Great review. I think I have this in my kindle. Love academy novels.

  2. Wonderful review. I am going to have to add this one, it sounds like something I would like. Vampires and boarding school, yes please!

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. hey, thanks for the shout out! I haven't read this one yet, but I'm glad you liked it! maybe i'll put it on my TBR. I love private schools for the paranormal stories!

  4. Me too... They were some of the first Paranormal ones I read!

  5. You should!! It's still free!! Get it now!!

  6. Anytime!! It was a fun read, one I think you would like too!! Reviewing book 2 next week ;)

  7. I love when the reveal comes and you look back and go oh my god the clues and foreshadowing! wonderful review Naomi!

  8. Yes!!! Sometimes I think I skim over the clues!! lol

  9. The vamp at boarding school idea is one I love but I would have a hard time not comparing to Vamp Academy

  10. I know what you mean!! I loved The Vampire Academy series!!


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