IndieWritersReview’s Review of Crossroads Academy series by J.J. Bonds

jjbondsHello everyone today I wanted to share my thoughts on a great series Crossroads Academy:)

About this author
J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy. She is the author of the bestselling Crossroads Academy series. 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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CrossRoads Academy#1



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 Academy#2 RED DAWN

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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?


Book:1 The Crossroads Academy series Book#1 and #2 follows seventeen year old Katia who is the new girl at an exclusive boarding called CrossRoads Academy. The only thing Katia wishes to do is to study hard and train for one reason, to make her Uncle Aldo proud. Katia does not want to make friends, desiring to remain under the radar. Katia has a painful past and a dark secret and to protect not only herself but those she loves, she attempts to keep her distance. This proves difficult as she meets the very gorgeous Nikolai and the quirky, vivacious Shaye. Both become someone she cares for and one of the first she has to protect when her past catches up with her. There are murders happening in the town,and her friends wishes to fight by her side. Katia knows that ultimately it is her fight alone.

Book:2 Katia must once again face danger once, to save something she never expected to have- a friend. Now the dangers are not just from Katia’s past but a present danger that threatens her entire world.

I happened to come across this series while surfing Amazon. The incredible covers caught my eyes first. Then the blurb caused me to hit the click button. I found the story very interesting; there was a steady build at the start of the story  creating the world that Katia now found herself in. Plus the author plants the  seeds of suspense, that keeps the reader turning the page. Katia has a secret and the author does an incredible job of maintaining the thrill throughout the entire book.The reader does not discover until the end, right alone with the characters Katias secret! Oh my goodness that almost drove me crazy!:O) I was on pins and needles the entire time wondering WHAT was it about this girl? What is she hiding? Why? and What will happen now?

It was wonderful twist on not only does she meet the boy of her dreams at the beginning, within the first few pages. She spends half the book, not sure if she really likes him! Wow, no love at first sight!:O) I found that little twist fun, because poor Nikolai, as hot and charming as he was, had to gain Katia’s trust by being a friend first and showing his mettle!This touch of realism made the eventuality of their being together(oops! I hope I did not spoil it:) much more realistic and their devotion authentic.

The pace started slow and steady, a wonderful build up, and then once it took off then there was no holds barred on action which carried right into the next book Red Dawn. Where all is pretty much established now the group is solidified, and each of the member’s talents are being shown. This makes me believe that this series is going from, just a new girl goes to school has a secret finds a hot guy and then all is solved and well! No! It has now fleshed into much more and takes these kids on an adventure into the Big Easy, yes one of my favorite places New Orleans!

The second book is action from the start and stays steady, flowing well into the great ending. I am  looking forward to the next because I can see a long successful series, due to the direction the author has taken with these characters, as they fight not only for their friend’s life but now their very existence as a people!

Well written, fun, entertaining a must read for lovers of the supernatural, and paranormal reads. Appropriate for Teens 14 and up due to mild fantasy violence.

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