Wednesday, January 11, 2012

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Crossroads by J.J. Bond

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by J.J. Bonds
Crossroads Academy #1
Published November 9th 2011
RATING:★★★ 1/2

As if high school isn’t miserable enough, try being uprooted and dropped fangs first into an uptight prep school where everyone knows your name and they’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of your past.

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.

But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she’s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she’s got a lot of catching up to do.

As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. 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. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder’s Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.

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


High school is hard for everyone, vampires included. Throw in the fact that this a stuck up private school and things are even more bloodier. Katia is the new student, with family ties to a very powerful vampire but all she wants is to go unnoticed. But there is always that one girl or group of girls in high school that just loves to make someone's life a living hell. And let's not forget there is always a hot guy, Nikolai.

Yes it all sounds very high schoolish but it's not that bad of a read. If you like Vampire Academy series you will like the vamps that Bonds has created in her Crossroads Academy trilogy. There are a few similarities between the two series. But I think Crossroads has a little more mystery to it.

In Bonds' world there are two kinds of vampires. Pure bloods, born vampires and the mixed bloods, humans that were turned. The mixed bloods are seen as second class. They both drink blood; human or animal. But most prefer to drink their blood from donated blood and not directly from the source. It's not that the vampires value human life it's more that they don't want to draw attention to their kind.

I really enjoyed reading J.J. Bonds' debut novel, Crossroads. If you are in the mood for a high school based vampire mystery with a touch of romance give it a try. I'm very curious to see what turns the trilogy takes with the next two books.

Crossroads is available at:

I received my copy for a honest review

J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes young adult speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Crossroads, was released in fall of 2011. It is the first in the Crossroads Academy series. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her love of all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious dogs and is expecting a new addition to the family in March.

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Here are the deets for the giveaway:

1. Comment to win!
2. One random comment will be selected to win a digital copy of JJ Bonds Crossroads
3. All comments will be counted to win a KINDLE FIRE with a Crossroads Gel Cover
4. Collect Clues along the tour for a chance to win
5. Comment at each tour stop for extra chances to win
6. Tweet and use #crossroadsbooktour for extra chances to win along with random drawings to win digital copies of the book
7. Collect clues to find the final entry to win the Kindle Fire
8. Winners will be selected January 31st

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  1. Interesting review, while I don't read much YA, I like the idea of a different take on the Vampire genre. Was there supposed to be a clue for the tour on the post? I'm not seeing one

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  2. Maria, thank you for pointing it out also, thought I had overlooked it as well but there was clearly no clue listed although there was a space for it! Yesterday's link was also not working and I had to go through J.J.'s own website to get the link to work. This book sounds very intriguing for it being a YA book. I don't really read many in this genre either but the ones I have read were all very good! The video was different!

  3. I love reading about vampire and I love YA. I think YA is much better than adult fiction sometimes. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  4. Thanks for the review. I'm really looking forward to this book, because I enjoy vampire stories :) It's a school setting so I'm expecting a lot of familiar types around but also seeing what's different about them.


  5. Thanks for drawing this book to my attention. I love books that take place at prep schools. Can't wait to check it out :)


  6. The is clue is the image underneath the list of deets for the giveaway. It's the black and red image with an O in the it with the caption CLUE in yellow.
    Thanks for stopping by everyone.

  7. when I saw academy and most powerful vampire I was sold. I want to read this book already.

    email: cruz042 at

  8. This book sounds really good. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  9. Thanks for the review. It does sound like an interesting read.

  10. J.J....Thanks for replying yesterday. It's good to know that you finished your MBA. Education is a great thing!


  11. Haven't read a YA in a while and this one sounds interesting. Insightful review! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. CROSSROADS looks like a great read. I love beginning new series.


  13. This looks like a fabulous read. I would love to get to read it for myself. Thank you for the giveaway! I'm loving the Crossroads book tour. DeAnna Schultz

  14. thanks for the review.. i'll read it ASAP

  15. Really enjoyed reading all the reviews on the bloghop. Looking forward to reading the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Epe! I'm still not sure how to feel about all these new stories in which vampires rely on 'donated' blood, why be a vampire then? But I guess I'll get used to it. LOL

    Thanks for the review and giveaway! :)

  17. Kali Skittles

  18. "Yes it all sounds very high schoolish but it's not that bad of a read." This sentence seems a little out of place with the rest of the review.

  19. This may be a duplicate comment, if it is I apologize. I am having problems with the process :) I just wanted to say that I am enjoying the tour and appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of The Crossroads. I think it sounds like a sweet read with a fun new twist:)

  20. Thanks for the review, I'm even more excited to read Crossroads!

    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

  21. Book sounds great! I'm always up for a good mystery and the romance just makes it that much more appealing. Thanks so much!

  22. I like that the love story is kinda "forbidden"
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  23. Your site looks awesome! Love the colors! Thanks for hosting this awesome book tour and giveaway!

    anya dot sandoval at yahoo dot com

  24. This looks like a great read, thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Cant wait to read this! Thank you!


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