Monday, January 6, 2014

Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest High, #3) by Tijan

Sam's first day at Fallen Crest Public doesn't go well. Some girls want to be her. Some girls want to destroy her. And some just don't like her. All in all, despite being protected by Mason and Logan, it's still only the strong survive. Sam will not only have to survive, she needs to learn how to conquer too, but there's another battle growing. Things are about to come to a disastrous end between the towns, Roussou and Fallen Crest. Sam's other main dilemma? Keeping Mason and Logan from getting arrested or hospitalized. 

4 Stars

I love Tijan’s books and I loved Fallen Crest High series, however, and yes I have to put that “tiny” however there and major sigh to the fact, Fallen Crest Public is NOT the last book in the series. I would describe book 1, Fallen Crest High as the pilot of the series and with each book that is release, is kind of a like an episode as in, each book has a major obstacle that needs to be overcome.  In book 2, Fallen Crest family, the main obstacle was Sam’s crazy mom and in book 3, Fallen Crest Public, the main obstacle is Kate.
Mason, Logan and Sam all live with Nate.  It’s the last semester of high school before Mason goes to college.  Also, Sam is going to school with Mason and Logan now.  Not everyone in school, especially the girls and especially Kate is okay with Sam.

First off, I loved the main theme, “damsel in distress”, yup, I love it, I eat it up and I don’t care how much you want a “strong” Heroine.  Sam is still strong, but sometimes a strong Heroine needs to be saved by a crazy over protective Hero. The star of the book would be Mason. If you could create an alpha high schooler with sexy looks and charming personality, my money would be on Mason.

I have a major book boyfriend crush on Mason Kade. Don’t worry there’s plenty of Logan action for all those who are team Logan. One of the main things I love about the series is the adorable relationship Mason, Logan and Sam have with each other. I think its super cute, it makes me smile and it’s something I eat up.
Kate is a crazy bia and strikes a lot of terror and there are many difficulties because of her. I like this, it creates nice tension, but none of the pull-you-hair-out kind.  There has to be a major villain in every book and Tijan created one I loved to hate.

Now, let’s get to the things that did not work out for me.

I fairly enjoyed FCP because I’m a HUGE fan of Tijan’s writing, but I am disappointed to say this one missed the mark just a bit for me.  The writing was a bit drawn out, in the sense, I did skim a few pages here and there. Also, THERE ARE SO MANY FUCKING CHARACTERS.  I felt like I need to create a spread sheet of who dated who, who was related to whom and who were friends and who were enemies.  

The biggest draw back of the book for me was the ending. For a few reasons, first I thought the series was ending, but it didn’t.  I thought the ending mirrored a lot like another book I have previous read, so it didn’t seem very original.  I did not like the direction of the ending because it goes against the dynamic of the book (again for me).  With that said, I will not be continuing the series. As much as I love the Kade brothers, I just don’t want to see where the story is going to go.

I think Tijan broke my heart, but I still am a major fan.

I just have to say, my “issues” aren’t really issues. In all sense, I think if you are a fan of the series, you will enjoy it and will more than likely be very content.  I’m just the odd duck on this one. 

**Images provided by Tijan

Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High, #1) - REVIEW
Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High, #2) - REVIEW
Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest High, #3)


“Heads up,” one of the guys warned. “Hoe walking.”

“Screw you, Ethan,” Kate snapped. “You’re showing off to get in Mason’s good graces, but we both know the shoe was on the other foot last night.”

Last night?

I didn’t want to turn around. I didn’t want to deal with Kate yet. She and her three friends had been the main companions for the guys, but that stopped when I found out about her agenda to destroy Sam. She went after my girlfriend so I went after her. Well, I tried. Sam was adamant about handling this battle on her own so I did what I could. The girls were no longer friends with our group. They were exiled, but I heard the anger from her and I knew she wasn’t going to lay down and take it.

I knew about Parker and Nate, but it sounded like there was more. I wondered what else Kate was up to?
Logan laughed. “So desperate, Kate. The look doesn’t fit you.”

“Keep laughing, Logan. You’re going on the list.”

He grinned now.

I laughed to myself. She stepped wrong, and judging by the quiet intake of breath, Kate knew it as well. The easygoing air surrounding the group was gone. Knowing that look, I turned now and saw my little brother getting ready to go in for the kill. There was a certain look that came over him. His head would straighten. His eyes would narrow and roam up and down the target. No one knew what was he doing, but I did. Logan was searching for weaknesses. If he couldn’t see one, he’d sense for one. It was something we learned over the years after we’d been screwed over by adults too many times. We went with our gut.
I waited for his next move like the rest.

“What list are you talking about, Kate?” Logan’s voice grew soft. He was going in for the kill.
Kate seemed frozen, and the rest of her crew had varying reactions. Parker grimaced, her eyes darting to Nate’s before looking away. Natalie took a deep breath and Jasmine moved back a step. All of them recognized the tone, they just weren’t used to being on the receiving end.

“Come on, Logan,” Kate tried to laugh it off. “I was kidding.”

A smirk came over me, but then it vanished. As I watched the scene unfold, I saw Logan decide to give her a pass.

No. That wasn’t going to happen. “No, you weren’t.”

All heads jerked in my direction. My gaze caught my brother’s in a silent mocking, and a spark flared in Logan’s. The message was received: Kate couldn’t be let off the hook, no matter what. I wasn’t surprised when I heard him add, “What list are you talking about? Come on, Kate. I’d like to know how I rate getting on some list?”

She let out a shaky laugh, glancing between us now. “Seriously, come on, guys. Mason. Logan. I was joking.”

“No, you weren’t.”

She turned to me and her eyes widened. A glimmer of fear showed. “I came over to see if you needed help.”
My eyes narrowed to slits now. “With what?”

“With Tate.”

“You think we need help with her?”

She peeked at Logan before turning back to me.

Too late. I caught the slight smugness. It mingled with her fear, but I caught it. “What was that?”

“What?” An innocent mask slipped over her.

I shook my head, pointing to her face. “That. That look you gave Logan.”

Logan’s head straightened. His interest was piqued.

“What are you talking about, Mason?” She was growing cockier now. “I’m trying to be a friend. We used to have your backs. Remember?”

One of the guys muttered, “Oh shit.”

Even Nate laughed at that. “Since when? What are you talking about, Kate?”

She turned to the rest of the guys. All of them were looking at her in disbelief. Except Logan, he was grinning widely, leaning back against his Escalade. He shook his head now. “You’re digging yourself a hole. Stop talking. It might help.”

Jasmine hissed behind her, “Don’t you talk to her like that—”

“Like what?” Ethan shot back at her.

That stopped her. All the wind she had ready to let loose fell flat. Her eyes darted to his, and she couldn’t look away.

Ethan leaned back against the car beside Logan, and shoved his hands into his front pockets. His shoulders hunched forward, but his gaze never left hers. They were dead-locked as he added, “You’re going to tell us what to do? You’re going to tell me what to do, Jaz?”

“Stop.” Her throat moved as she visibly swallowed. “Ethan—”

“No, Jaz. You picked your side. We’re not friends with you guys anymore.”

Her shoulders flinched as if he’d punched her.

He nodded in my direction. “And you know why.”

Tijan started writing later in life, after she had already graduated college with a different direction in mind and a different degree under her belt. Hitting the brakes on that path, she taught herself how to write a good book and began posting at sites such as Fictionpress, along with Wattpad. After receiving such encouraging messages from readers, she self-published Fallen Crest High and has continued throughout the year. She continues to keep writing NA books!


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