Today I’d like to talk about my new series addiction – Fallen Crest High from Tijan. I’ve been hearing about this series and this author for years as my lovely sister-in-law Sinead is a huge fan. I have a massive amount of ARCs and books I’ve received from publishers, authors, and publicists to read, and often it’s difficult to find time to read books or series that I’m longing to read (I realize how crazy that sounds!) Anyway, I was in an indulgent mood, so I started book one and I’m up to book five now and I’m totally addicted to this series. It’s so good and each book just gets better and better. I thought I’d share my reviews with you for the series up to this point, and I’ll continue to post reviews on an individual basis for the other books as I read them. If you decide to pick this series up, then I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying it.
Scroll down or click on one of the links below to be taken directly to the review for that book:
- Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High #1)
- Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High #2)
- Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest High #3)
- Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest High #4)
Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High #1) by Tijan
Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.
My sister-in-law is a massive fan of Tijan and she is constantly recommending her books to me. I’ve had Fallen Crest High on my Kindle for well over a year (along with tons of others I’m ashamed to admit. I have obsessive compulsive trigger finger when it comes to freebies, NG requests, and signing up for ARCs) and the only reason I decided to read this now is that I have such a bad book hangover after Broken Prince by Erin Watt that I had to find something else similar to read.
I totally get the hype now. While I did have some issues with this book that stopped me from rating it a 5-star read, it was full of teen angst and drama and I lapped it all right up. I love our MC -Sam is a strong character who does her best with the shitty hand of cards she’s been dealt. She is a no-bullshit speaker and she doesn’t really care about what others think. However, that is mainly because she is so emotionally detached and numb. As a coping mechanism, she blanks out a lot of stuff instead of facing up to it. There were a few moments she broke down but I can tell she’s in for one hell of an emotional journey as the series progresses.
Logan and Mason were the bomb. Total assholes on occasions but they are kinda lost and not bad guys underneath the surface.
I love the romance and sex scenes between our couple and I’m totally shipping them.
The writing was quite amateurish at times (especially in the first half) and the book needs more thorough editing. I also felt some actions and reactions came out of nowhere and some scenes lacked emotional complexity. But the plot is superb and it is teen soap opera at it’s best. By the end I was so immersed in the world and the characters I had to consciously pull myself back into the realm of the living.
Always the sign of a great read.
I’m invested, Sinead! I’m totally sucked in now! Pity I can’t jump straight into the next book (have to tackle some ARCs) but I do look forward to continuing this series soon.
Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High #2) by Tijan
Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.
The writing and editing were more polished in this book than book one, however, the overall plot wasn’t as good. It was very repetitive in parts and I felt like it dragged a lot – meandering without any real purpose. It was still very entertaining and I’m invested in continuing the series.
As I predicted in my review of book one, Sam is struggling to hold things together in this book as the impact of everything finally hits her. It was difficult to read at times but that is testament to the great characterization. Mason is her rock and I loved him in this book even if he was still a bit mysterious and moody.
Logan is clearly floundering and I wonder what’s in store for him in the future.
Her mother is a total nut job and their father is a complete pansy. How he could sacrifice his kid’s welfare over that psycho is beyond me.
In summary, this was a decent follow up even if the plot let it down in parts.
Actual rating 3.5 stars.
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.
Best book of the series so far. Damn those bitches are mean, but I love how Sam wanted to try and handle them on her own and how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to them. Logan and Mason were awesome and so protective. The way in which Mason planned to put an end to Kate once and for all gave me chills all over. Even though it was the early hours of the morning there was no way I was putting my Kindle down until I read through those scenes. Explosive. But what I loved most about this installment was how Sam stood head and shoulders above them all at the end – in the way she handled the situation at Quickies. She showed she was the better person. I still don’t like how Mason and Sam are keeping things from one another under the guise of protectiveness. At this stage of their relationship, they should have progressed beyond that. But overall, it was a really gripping read and I’m completely immersed in this world now. Onto the next one 🙂
Actual rating 4.5 stars
Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest High #4) by Tijan
My mother tried to destroy me. She doesn’t exist to me anymore and my father, the one who raised me and the biological one, are both works in progress. The only two people that I can trust are Mason and Logan, and they’re the two people who I could lose. It won’t happen. I won’t let it. No matter the truth, no matter who loves me, I won’t let anything or anyone come between us.
They’re my world. They’re my life.
They’re my family.
Each book in this series just gets better and better. This might have been my favorite instalment yet. Loved it. Loved Mase. The end scenes were very dramatic, emotional, and explosive. Glad Sam has finally wised up and decided she needs to be the one supporting Mason because she was leaning on him way too much. He needs someone looking out for him too. The chemistry between these two is some of the best I’ve ever read – they are seriously smokin’ hot together and it reads so well.
I feel for Logan – he’s a little lost puppy. Hope he finds a girl who’s his equal because he deserves to be happy. Sometimes his OTT banter irritated me and I hope he grows up a little when he reaches Cain U.
Stuff is about to get real in the next one with all this Marissa and Seb-ass-tian drama. Can’t wait!
I really don’t want this series to end; I’m enjoying it far too much.