Title: Fallen Crest High
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High
Publisher: self-published
Published: October 31, 2012
Genre: new adult contemporary

Synopsis: 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.

First Thoughts: 5 freaking stars Outstanding. Messed up. Fantastic. Delicious. Tijan has done it once again. First Broken & Screwed, then Carter Reed, now Fallen Crest.

Plot, Pacing, Setting, and Style: High school was never like this when I went, that’s for sure! This story is about 2 rival schools, Fallen Crest Academy and Fallen Crest Public. It’s about rich kids. It’s about families with secrets. And it’s so freaking good! Read the synopsis for a better idea of the plot, but here’s what I will tell you: I totally felt like I was Sam, and I fell in love with both Kade brothers. I was so immersed in this story and loved every single second of it.

Fallen Crest High brought us a world full of rich people, and I loved the mansions, the freedoms, the hotels, the cabins. Ah, as if. The pacing was perfect and honestly, I don’t know how Tijan does it. The story was only told from Samantha’s POV, and while it was fantastic and I do love dual POVs, this actually made the mystery of the Kade brothers even bigger for me.

Main Characters: I loved Mason, Logan, and Samantha something fierce and I honestly don’t know if I have a favorite. They are all so tough and don’t really let anyone in, ever, but the three of them ended up being so tight by the end of the story. Logan and Mason are definitely brothers; alike in so many ways, yet still their own person. I really, really don’t like one more than the other I’ll take both, please. Both are loyal and protective of Sam, but in different ways. Sam is also very closed off, but once these two show that they truly care about her, she protects them just as much. I’m seriously swooning and flailing about how they all got along.

I should also mention Samantha definitely has an issue with her running. I know it’s how she dealt with stress, but no one seemed worried that she was overdoing it, except her mother. I wonder if that will get addressed in the next book?

I know the story is told through Sam’s eyes, but I wish someone had described how she looked. I assume she was gorgeous, but I guess I wanted one of the guys to say it, and somehow see her through someone else’s eyes. I really loved her and just wanted the whole Samantha Stratten experience.

Romance/Chemistry: First things first, Mason is probably a huge dirty talker and I love it. *cough I might have highlighted a few lines cough* I’m so greedy, I wanted more.  Logan said it best when he said they were so hot for each other. It was like they were drunk with lust when they anywhere near each other. Totally intoxicating and the chemistry seeped through the pages. So well done!

Title/Cover: I can’t even stand how awesome the title is. Tijan names her books the simplest things, and it works so perfectly. Everyone author out there should take notes from her. The cover is good, but it could totally be interchanged with lots of other books…I still liked it a lot though, don’t get me wrong.

Twists, Turns, and Secrets: These characters had so much baggage and the lies just flowed so I never knew when another dirty little secret would pop up. I have a feeling we haven’t seen anything yet.

Ending: It’s not over and I can’t wait to see what happens. I loved the way the romance became solidified and the timing of it was so well done. Relationships have been established, and I’m not just talking about romantic ones.

Gripes/suggestions: I had a little trouble keeping up with the secondary characters. I was so aggravated with myself because I mixed up Miranda and Marissa a lot, and Cassandra too in my head at some point and that made a big difference. Yeah, I just reread a few scenes and now they make more sense.  I guess I wish there weren’t so many secondary characters, or less of the “Elite”. It took a long time for me to recall who was who, and I still kept mixing them up. Basically, I’m a lazy reader and need lots of prompts and simplicity.

One more thing I craved (and yes, it’s for the trashy person in me): f-bombs. Oh, I love them in the right context and maybe language messes with YA vs NA ratings, but I would have loved a few, especially since we know Mason and Logan have foul mouths: “we’re not good little boys”. No, no they aren’t and I love it.

Final Thoughts/Rec it? Hell yes. Read it today, and good news, book 2 is out and the 3rd installment out Dec 2013!!

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