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(Anna Strong Chronicles #7)

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As a bounty hunter, Anna Strong knew how to find trouble. But now that she's a vampire, trouble seems to have a knack for finding her... The death of Anna's old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies and people are asking questions-questions that no vampire wants to answer. Anna needs to lie low, but the sud ...more
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Published August 30th 2011 by Ace
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Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011, reviewed
This review first appeared at So I Read This Book... and can be found at:

The Anna Strong series is one that I have always thought of as promising. I'd enjoyed every book to some extent - they're diverting if not compelling - and I felt like this was a series that was on the verge of being really good. So what do you do when you realize that you are already up to book 7 and still waiting?

The main story has Ann
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
The description of this book is a little misleading as it pertains to events that happen in the very beginning of the book. Crossroads is an very accurate title for the real story, as it is a journey with a major choice at the end. We're talking life altering. Anna has a big decision to make after a huge carrot is dangled in front of her, the chance to become human again. As she travels to find the cure with the help of Frey, she finds trouble in the most unlikely places. If she isn't careful he ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I have to hand it to Jeanne C Stein, she writes pretty awesome Urban Fantasy. I love the Anna Strong series, Anna was a reluctant vampire, even more reluctant "Chosen," but she is fiercely loyal, she is a talented investigator, and she is a powerful kick-butt heroine. Anna is tough in that she is a bounty hunter and a deadly vampire, but she is not so tough that she looses touch with her emotions.

In Crossroads, Anna continues to grow as a character as she faces Max and spends time with Daniel F
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jeanne Stein's latest in her Anna Strong Vampire novels, Crossroads, takes Anna on a journey with her shifter friend Frey far across the states.

The story opens up with Max needing a favor from Anna, he needs to track a possible vampire that is helping Mexicans cross the border, yet kills them before they reach American soil. This part of the story sounded really really familiar to me. I haven't read Chosen since last year, but for some reason I swear that this part of the story came from it, it
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was well written and a good book overall. However I am sad for Anna, she deserves love and all her friends seem to be going in different directions and leaving her all by herself. She is a vampire and has hung onto her humanity by being with the people she loves and protecting them but what about her? She needs someone to love her too, someone who will stay by her side for an eternity. Although she is with Stephen now, he is human and won't be around for long. I'd love to see Max change and b ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read this because I thought Anna and Max are getting back together, but nope, he just made an appearance. To me he is the best for her. So Anna is running around saving the world with yet another man interest. How many she will have before the end of the book is a conundrum. I didn’t enjoy this series no more, but I just want to know where it ends. Some of the scenes are looking like I’ve read them before too.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely not as good as most of the other books in this series. Similar to when Trish was a major character Anna almost never interacts directly with John John, which is thoroughly frustrating. This book feels like the author made a last minute decision to have Stephen be Anna’s romantic interest instead of Frey so she wrote this shitty book to explain why Frey just disappears.
Ken Liljengren
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was, so far, the best book in this series!

Thank You very much Ms. Stein

Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anna is less annoying and this was enjoyable.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, vampires, uf
3.5 stars. My fav of the series so far.
Kathy Davie
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Sixth in the Anna Strong urban fantasy series set in San Diego and revolving around the Chosen, the head of the thirteen vampire tribes although this particular story takes place on a Navajo reservation.

My Take
It's a question of embracing one's humanity and a short, but normal life versus accepting the responsibility of integrity and protecting humanity. A journey of cause and effect in which Anna puzzles out the choice she must make. How the decisions and choices she has made to-date affect o
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though Anna is the Chosen One, things have actually settled down in her life. Anna has been able to work a steady schedule, start dating a new man and basically live the life of her choosing. For the first time in a year since she has become a vampire, everything is normal. Unfortunately for Anna, this is not destined to last. Anna returns home to fine Chael, the representative of Middle Eastern vampires sitting on her couch. Her instinct is to kill him because he represents a threat to her, unt ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Crossroads is the seventh installment in the Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein. For Anna, it has been two months since she was named the Chosen one, or the leader of the 13 vampire tribes as well as the person destined to resist the dark forces in the vampire community that seeks to dominate mankind and make them food sources only.

Anna has to face several new challenges including the arrival of Detective Harris of the San Diego PD who is looking
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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Crossroads (Anna Strong Chronicles #7) by Jeanne C. Stein
Urban Fantasy
August 30, 2011

Reviewed by Tori

After Anna kills her old mentor and assumes the mantle of the Chosen, there are those who do not feel she is worthy of the title or the role. She herself feels that she is may not be the best one for this job and finds herself torn between her humanity and her vampire nature. When she receives a call from her old boyfrie
Michelle Greathouse
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
CrossRoads is the seventh book in the Anna Strong series by Jeanne C Stein and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

As a bounty hunter, Anna Strong knew how to find trouble. But now that she’s vampire, trouble seems to have a knack for finding her...

The death of Anna’s old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies, and people are asking questions - questions that no vampire wants to answer.

Anna needs to lie low, but with the sudden discovery of
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

*Contain MINOR SPOILERS if you haven’t read the previous books in this series.

The Anna Strong series is still one of my favorite series ever! It was one of the first series I read when my UF and PNR obsession started and I will stop whatever I am doing whenever I get a chance to read the newest installment and this was not an exception.

After Chosen and Retribution, I was really looking forward to see where Jeanne was taking Anna a
ZaBeth  Marsh
In the seventh Anna Strong book, Crossroads, Jeanne C. Stein begins to poke at her heroine with loose threads from previous books. Everything seems to bring Anna circling back to the choices she has made since the vicious attack that made her a vampire; and she had no say in that.

This book is very much about choices. Anna has time to think about the decisions she has made and contemplates her internal war between her vampire self and human self. Surrounding this internal struggle is the backdrop
Bonnie Ramthun
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is easily a stand-alone book in the increasingly fascinating Anna Strong vampire series. You don't need to know anything about Anna to read this book, although of course it's great to read the series from the start. But if you're thinking of dabbling, give Crossroads a try. Anna spends a great deal of time in the Southwest desert country and Jeanne C. Stein makes the whole landscape come alive; the sights, the smells, the entire vast desert vistas and storms.

Best of all, this novel takes us
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is aptly titled as Anna is at a point in her life where she really has to accept what being a vampire entails. This seems to make her a little introspective, she contemplates her past the good and the bad, her friends whether she is a good one, and her family who she wishes she could be closer to. With each step Anna stays true to who she is and what she stands for.

I love that a lot of the story took place at a Navaho reservation. It really added to the story and gave a great way for
Connie Garcia
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done-reading
I love Anna Strong books. JEANNE STEIN stories are so good i finshed this book on my kindle in 3 days. Anna is once again on a mission but this time it is her own mission to determine if she can be turned back to human. Is this what she wants or is it because she thinks she wants it. Anna calls out to her friend Daniel Frey to help. She seeks a shaman to answer this question but it is a shaman on a reservation daniel is familar with only because his little boy lives there. After a deadly acciden ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I literally can say thank goodness I did not follow my quirky moods this time. About 3/4 through the book I thought this book is not moving forward. I don't like how this is going. I'm done. I picked it up again and read another 2 pages and realized I was very wrong. I was saddened by one of the changes in it. But, I was happy that the change was different than how most authors handle a huge change that kind of shakes things up. I'm in a quirky mood where I cannot pick anything of the literally ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Listened audio version. This was a really good Anna Strong book. Learned a little more about her panther friend and his son. Spent most of the book on the indian reservation. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous Anna Strong novel by JS. :-) There isn't really a lot that happens in this book but someone finally gets taken out (SEE-YA!) and she has to make a monumental decision about her future. She makes the right one in the end but I'm very said Daniel is staying on the reserve. :-( She seems to be loosing friends with each book...I hope her and Stephen at least stay together for a while! Love this series...looking forward to the next one. I have a feeling things are about to take a tur ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I like most Anna Strong books because she is such a strong character. The last book really had me looking forward to what this book would bring as far as Anna's future is concerned. I think far too much time was spent on the same emotional problems that she's had since book one. Please - if Ms. Stein could just kill off David already! The new partner in the business is at least interesting. If you've never read any book in the series, I would go back to book one, which is one of the author's bes ...more
Shannon Roland
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
So disappointed. I usually really enjoy the books in this series, but this one seems to have taken the left turn over the right. At times it felt like it could have been several different stories. One could have involved the vampire and the Mexico murders. One could have been about Detective Harris and keeping vampires a secret. A third could have been about Frey and his son, and the artifacts. Felt like Stein was struggling to put the tale together. A story doesn't have to be action packed to b ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
The story was good and, for the most part, I enjoyed it, as I watch Anna Strong growing into her role as The Chosen One. However, Jeanne Stein is among the ever increasing number of writers who seem to think that replacing the objective pronoun "me" with the subjective pronoun "I" is grammatically acceptable. For me, constantly reading sentences that have such blatant errors in them distract from an otherwise interesting story line. I want to continue to read about Anna's progress but knowing I ...more
Paige Ellen Stone
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What begins as a typical Anna Strong book slowly becomes what any book of this genre can become - spiritually transcendent. It's one thing to solve the mystery, kill the bad guys and then wait for the next book.
What begins as an undertone to this book becomes its purpose and meaning by the end. Rarely does an author in this genre take you so deep into the meaning of one's life, chosen life or not. In this book, as the denouement approaches, Anna realizes what and who she is and.... nope, no spo
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crossroads was interesting and engaging with the involvement of Indian lore plus it pulled me full circle back into wanting more Anna Strong Chronicles. Anna was very introspective of herself, about where she wants her life to go and what is she willing to give up for her choices for that life. Also there wasn't not one bad choice romance in sight for this book, I liked that. A lot. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this easy read! It's good to see Anna grow and mature. She is becoming selfless. Frey is awesome. I don't know why he was such a huge part of this book, but I kind of wish him and Anna would have a thing but I doubt that is where Stein is going. I could have used some hot and steamy moments but the story was touching. She kept talking about Stephen but no idea who he is. Frustrating. I'm interested to see where this is all going though. Ready for another Anna adventure!
L Bongiorno
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was a good story, but too short and not a lot for the big picture. It threw out a lot of loose ends, Max, partner's memory, Frey moving, etc. It also eluded to several men falling for Anna - ugh (current boyfriend - who was absent in book, Max (his mistakes), and Frey's declaration, oh, and let's not forget ANY blood donor. Yet we never get any real connection with anyone. And what's up with the cop...
With a year between books - I need more!!!
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Jeanne C. Stein is an American Urban Fantasy author living in Colorado. She now lives in Colorado, but was raised and educated in San Diego, which is the setting for her contemporary vampire fantasy.

Jeanne is active in the writing community, belonging to Sisters in Crime both nationally and in San Diego and Los Angeles. She also belongs to Horror Writers of America, RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction

Other books in the series

Anna Strong Chronicles (10 books)
  • The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1)
  • Blood Drive (Anna Strong Chronicles, #2)
  • The Watcher  (Anna Strong Chronicles, #3)
  • Legacy (Anna Strong Chronicles, #4)
  • Retribution (Anna Strong Chronicles, #5)
  • Chosen (Anna Strong Chronicles, #6)
  • Haunted (Anna Strong Chronicles, #8)
  • Blood Bond (Anna Strong Chronicles, #9)
  • Paradox (Anna Strong Chronicles, #10)

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