Monday, September 3, 2012

Red Dawn Blog Tour: Gabrielle's Review on Crossroads

Crossroads
Release Date: November 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 312
Rating: Escapable
The Other Books: Red Dawn
Challenge: None
Extras: Trailer, Facebook
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.
The girl does look like the way I pictured Katia. She's really pretty. The guy in background looks creepy but hot. I am assuming that is Nikolai.
“You must let go of the past now. It is your future—who you are today, tomorrow, and the choices that you make going forward—that will define you.”

“If only it were that simple,” I trail off wistfully, my mind wandering to other times, other places I dare not think of often. Deep down I know that I will obey his wishes out of respect, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it or that my heart will be in it.
Katia Lescinka is starting school late at Crossroads Academy. A private, prestigious academy that helps teenage vampires go through the transition and learn to control their hunger for blood.

When powerful heir Katia comes to the school, the halls are filled with gossip about her and her past. Her great uncle Aldo is the most powerful member on the Elders Council. He sent Katia to Crossroads to learn and to move on from her past. Even though people think she would use her uncle’s power to do whatever she wants, she actually follows the rules out of respect for her uncle.

A murder mystery is brewing in a town close to school. However, that isn't the only mystery that's interesting. Katia has secrets and keeps them hidden. You won't find out what they are until she finally decides to let some of her secrets out. I think this is what kept me in the story. I wanted to know all of Katia's secrets.

Author J. J. Bonds has written an incredibly fast paced story. This book will please paranormal fans everywhere. The characters are beyond intriguing. Katia, a strong, independent young woman, grows on you and you slowly get to know her more and more as the story goes on. She doesn’t want to let anyone in or to make friends, but you get to see some characters break down her barrier. Shaye, a girl who speaks her mind, is one of the first that gets through. Best friend material. Anya, the school counselor, is trying to help Katia and be there for her when she needs help. There are also her great uncle and his wife that will be there for her.

There is one character that grabs my attention right away, because I am a romantic, is Nikolai. Katia might not like his charms, but I do! I love how J. J. Bonds sticks to the characters' personality and make this a slowly building romance instead of an instant love. Katia has trouble trusting people. But training with Nikolai, and of course his charm, you can see she is starting to like him, like the rest of us.

The dreams start the mystery for our main character. J. J. Bonds did excellent part on the mystery of the character. She gives us small hints here and there along the way. It keeps readers reading, because our curiosity gets the better of us. We want to know more about this intriguing girl and why she won’t let go of her dark past.

I couldn’t believe this was J. J. Bonds first novel because the writing flows easily. The characters, the vampire world, and the mystery are things that I can’t wait to explore more in Red Dawn.
Red Dawn is the next book in the Crossroads Academy series. Check the book's Goodreads page HERE.

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?
Are you interested in reading Crossroads and Red Dawn!? Check out the GIVEAWAY, hosted by J. J. Bonds, for awesome prizes, which are listed below.

Grand Prize: Kindle Fire, E-copies of Crossroads & Red Dawn
In order to be eligible for the grand prize, a minimum of 125 points 
must be achieved. Winner will be selected using Rafflecopter.

2 - First Place Crossroads Academy Prize Packs: 
Signed copies of Crossroads & Red Dawn, lots of cool swag, 
& Crossroads Academy t-shirt!

Bloggers accumulating 75 points will be eligible for prize packs.

Contest runs 8/20-9/28. Winners will be announced at http://www.jjbonds.com.

Check out rest of the tour stops HERE!

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