- Review: Crossroads
- Series: Crossroads Academy #1
- Author: JJ Bonds
- No of Pages: 310
- Publication: November 2011
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.
This book starts ok enough, introducing the characters and whatnot. You meet Katia right away and she’s your average teenager, except that she’s also a vampire. Then chapter two starts and the first thing Katia says is “FML” when she wakes up late for her first official day of school. I knew then that I was going to love this book. Katia is a lot like the teenagers out there today and even though she has a LOT of stuff going on that maybe the teenagers of humans don’t have to deal with, she is still a teenager and she acts like one. In good and bad ways. Her choices are stubborn, she makes up her mind and whether right or wrong she sticks to her guns but she doesn’t try to get along with anyone. She has only one agenda and it’s that agenda that holds her away from everyone and from living her life.
JJ Bonds purposefully doesn’t tell us what Katia is going through and I hated it! The entire time I was guessing and then second guessing myself. Trying to figure out who the culprits were who were upsetting Katia so much. JJ Bonds writes Katia so well that you just want to protect her, to pull her under your arm and tell her it’s going to be ok. Not that Katia will ever accept that and you’d probably want to keep her away from your throat! But the fact that JJ Bonds does a great job of showing us tiny itty bitty clues throughout the entire book and then whipping us upside the head just when you thought you have it all figured out. Not nice by the way but it makes for a really fun read!
As you can tell, I really enjoyed reading about Katia, more than just her also. The other characters, like her uncle and even the jerks that don’t like her at school, are well thought out and interesting. Only downside which isn’t really JJ Bonds fault is that this story seems to be played over and over. The whole school thing is interesting though and JJ Bonds has a way of telling it that makes it a unique perspective. I would definitely say if you’ve read Marked but didn’t like it, give Crossroads a try. It’s different and the twists are great and take you by surprise. Plus the way the vampire rules are set makes it maybe not better but again, unique and definitely a fun read.
After being a bit disappointed with Salem’s Lot and Dracula, I was glad that JJ Bonds brings us vampires that we can fall in love with! And I am reviewing book two, Red Dawn as well which makes me dance in my seat!
- Red Dawn by JJ Bonds, Book Review
Have you guys read any good vampire books lately? I’m kind of starting to wonder if there are really a plethora out there? I thought vamps were taking over in the 80’s but now it’s all zombies (NOT a complaint!). It would be nice to read about some more bloody vampires!!