Series: Crossroads Academy #1
Published by Self-published on 11/1/2011
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Crossroads by J.J. Bonds serves up delicious, delicious young adult, vamp-fiction a reader can devour in a night. It’s Mean Girls meets Vampire Academy, with added mystery and excitement, and I had a good time reading it.
Katia comes to Crossroads Academy as a new student, and the next of kin to the head of the council Aldo Lescinka, a very powerful man. She’s greeted with the standard fare of private school uppishness: rude, catty, and snobby students but Katia doesn’t give a damn what any of them think. She just wants to get through school and get it over with. Even when she meets Nicolai, the sexy-haired guy in some of her classes, whose dream isn’t to follow in his privileged parents footsteps.
Crossroads is much like Vampire Academy: there are pure bloods, half bloods, the thirst… but in many ways, Crossroads is a much different, darker novel. Katia Lescinka is similar to Rose Hathaway in a lot of ways: she is kick-ass, unapologetic, and determined, but she lacks the self-confidence that made Rose who she was. I actually like this about Katia, because it shows a vulnerable side to her, a more human side. There is, of course, the typical discrimination against anyone not a pureblood in Crossroads, which leads to conflict among the council and the vampire race in general.
But that’s all backstory. The meat of Crossroads is dark and stringy, and it made me rip into it with my teeth. Something bad is happening in a nearby town. Bodies are showing up, and no one is certain who is doing it. Katia suffers from nightmares almost daily, and begins to question even her own judgement. Who’s the ripper and how can they be stopped? J.J. Bonds successfully kept me from guessing who the villain was in this story, all the way until te reveal. And she snuck in another Ta-Da! as well, that left me with a “holy crap, did I just read that?” It was totally out of left field. Well played, Ms. Bonds, well played.
I do wish that there was less time building up to that part of the story…but part of this is also my fault; I’m an impatient reader and I want to know what happened yesterday. I often joke with my boyfriend that I wish I could place all my books against my head and “read” their stories through osmosis.
I really think fans of Vampire Academy Richelle Mead and the Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout are going to love this indie title. I wouldn’t wait, just go get it now.
He told me once that the Vampir world is no different than the human world: It requires an iron fist inside a velvet glove.
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