Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Hi all!

A more mature YA read.





Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest High #1
Release date: 31th of October 2012
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, YA
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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.

Review:

Oh, this was a really messed up story with even more messed up and crazy characters. Parties, drinking, sex, mean girls, bad boys and sin were the key words for this book. In those departments the book excelled, but to me the characterization was the weak point of this otherwise deliciously naughty and “grasp! oh-my-god-did-this-just-happen – you bad girl/boy!” read.

I have quite mixed feelings for this story. I loved the shameless, nothing-is-holy and over the top world these teenagers lived in and how they behaved, because it’s the facet that is not often depicted in YA, but at the same time, I felt too overwhelmed, mostly because there were a multitude of characters whose intentions and reasonings I just couldn’t come close to grasping or who were so unreasonable and whose actions were so frustrating that I couldn’t ever see it happening in reality (which I think, sadly, actually occurs a lot). I mean, are people (basically all in this book) so selfish, self-destructive and without any significant redeemable qualities?

I’m a big fan of big cast of characters in books, then I don’t feel that the main ones are isolated from society most of the time, but there were too many very similar characters in this story. Alone the array of mean girls was impressive, unfortunately, they were all the same. What I, however, have to give credit for is the amount of bad bad bad and sinister and bad and absolutely shameless bunch of hot guys I was introduced to. They were the worst of douchebags, but Mason, Logan and their friend Nate were the ultimate don’t-touch-with-a-ten-km-pole, but you can’t stay away because of fear/attraction, which draws you like a moth to the flame. The worst kind of guys your mother warned you against.

It was somewhat weird to read how all adults were basically depicted as the enemies and they also behaved according to that role, they came across more teenage like than the actual teenagers, behaving without any responsibility or role model qualities whatsoever. The teens seemed more mature and reasonable most of the time compared to them. Some teenager-adult confrontation scenes were quite nasty and the attitude/actions toward the elders, at least I thought, weren’t always justifiable coming from the younger ones.

There were some quite steamy scenes in this book which I of course read with joy and I liked the storytelling and flow in general. There were, however, times I felt the scenes and actions were too “jumpy,” like there was supposed to be something before or after a particular point/scene/sentence in the storyline.

Characters:

I thought Samantha rocked to the point where she went a little too over the emo line and her actions became puzzling, BUT, overall, I thought she was an awesome change from the usual heroines I’m reading about. She didn’t care about anything and that made her bold and genuine, I respected her heaps for that. I didn’t always understand or agree with her decisions, but she came across so honest and her attitude was like a breeze of fresh air. Plus, I thought her chemistry with both Mason and Logan was great, scorching with the former and big brother/little sister with the latter – both with a heap of messed up on the side.

Mason and Logan were the ultimate partners in crime. Nothing and no one held them back from going through with their dastardly and despicable deeds. In real life I’d pretty much hate them, but I can go gaga over them in fiction at least.

I have to say this: I know many liked Becky, but she was too annoying for my tastes, but at least she was a great friend.

Overall:

I like the premises and execution of this story even tough in my opinion it had several faults. I hear that a sequel is coming and I’ll probably be the first to buy that one though. I recommend to those who want to look outside the usual YA frame and read something more extreme. But be aware, this isn’t for children.



3 stars!

LIIS


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