Natasha reviews Cross Roads by Donald Wilson III

cross roadsTITLE: Cross Roads
CHARACTERS: Shawna, Decker and Gibbs
AUTHOR: Donald Wilson II

Being sixteen, homeless and surviving on her wits has made Shawna’s life more than a little challenging. Now she is also the target of the Doma, creatures who appear human, and is on the run. She has never bothered anyone and makes it a point to stay in the background.
So why are they trying to kill her?
After barely escaping with her life, Shawna must ally herself with an agent from the only group capable of stopping them and keeping her alive: The Acolytes.
They relocate to a small, rural town and Shawna begins her intense training to join the covert group. She also manages to find friendship and gains the attention of a charming and handsome young man.
Things seem to be going great for once until her new life is interrupted and she is forced to put her training to the test.
Shawna’s world will never be the same again, if she can survive.

3.5 Hearts This is the story of a homeless teenager in New York city named Shawna. Shawna was orphaned as a child and has been living on the streets with her best friend Javon. However, that life would be short lived as one terrible night Shawna’s world forever changed.

This book was a page turner from the beginning. I was immediately captivated by Decker and his lethal persona. The opening scene had me hooked and it was all because of him. He comes across Shawna one night and intervenes during a terrible situation. He admits to Shawna that the world does have its monsters – the Doma. These are creatures who may look human, but are anything but. Shawna begins to train as an Acolyte with Decker in the hopes of fighting off this evil – along with Decker’s handy assistant Mr. Gibbs (who I adore)!

This author was new to me and I really enjoyed this book. This story highlights the turbulent lifestyle of a homeless teenager in a big city who was thrust into a whole new way of life. I felt that the way the story was told, and the way Shawna reacted was very true for someone her age – even though she is an exceptional young woman. The outcome of the story remained a mystery to me, nothing was given away and I found myself surprised more than once at a turn of events – which is always welcome! This was an intriguing story with even more intriguing characters – including the Doma, who I found kinda fascinating. If you’re looking for a good fantasy YA read I definitely recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

About the Author: (need to add author photo please)
Donald Wilson II has been writing from a young age and has been published in numerous publications. When he is not hammering at his computer and creating new stories or catching up on sports news, he can be found traveling across globe. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his family and is currently working on book two of the CROSSROADS series.

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