Review – Red Dawn by J.J. Bonds

Title: Red Dawn
Author: J.J. Bonds
Series: Crossroads Academy #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: August 28th 2012

Book Description

Katia’s done running. She’s fought fiercely to protect her identity, her secrets, and those she loves most. And while it hasn’t been easy, she’s finally making peace with the past. Katia’s even looking forward to the start of a new school year at Crossroads Academy.

Too bad things at Crossroads are going to be a little different this fall. There are new rules, new students, and new relationships. Katia quickly discovers that navigating the halls of Crossroads is as complicated as ever.

When a friend’s life is at stake, Katia will be forced to choose between the safety of Crossroads and an enemy more dangerous than any she’s ever faced. Will Katia have the courage to risk it all -including her life- for a friend?

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My Review

Red Dawn is a great second book in the Crossroads Academy series as it has a different storyline to Crossroads. In book 1 we were learning about Katia and how she was going to fit into her new world. In Red Dawn we are searching for the cure for the blood disease that threatens the lives of a lot of Vampires. But the missing research is only the beginning and how the story built to the dramatic ending was remarkable.

I enjoyed how the characters relationships developed further in this book and how Katia has finally accepted that she has made friends. However the principal is on her back as he has implemented some changes to the school structure. Katias secrets have remained hidden and only a select few know about them. Nik's opinion of her hasn't changed, but they have spent some time a part over the holidays and haven't kept contact, so Katia was confused when she returned to the academy. A lot of the characters we met in the first book return in Red Dawn as well as a few new faces too.

There a few things that were a bit repetitive as it is a new school year, so we go to the corn maze and the Halloween masquerade again, but with different results. However, the story moves out of the school and into some unfamiliar territory as the plot becomes more investigative.

I enjoyed Red Dawn and J.J. Bonds has done a wonderful job continuing the story which is building up to be very dramatic. The plot has been left open for the next book in the series, as it is going to affect the vampire world as a whole, not just those at the Crossroads Academy. I look forward to continuing on Katia’s journey and seeing how the new details are going to play out…

Read my review for book 1 Crossraods HERE.

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. The first is free, grab it!! I am enjoying this series!!

  2. The development of the main characters sound great in this one. I haven't read the first, but am interested


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