Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: Fallen Crest Family by Tijan

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Author: Tijan
Title: Fallen Crest Family
Release date: 18th of June 2013
Series: Fallen Crest High #2
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 287 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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.

Review:

Unpopular opinion alert!

Oh, … this is hard! I admit I love the premise and pure uncensored dirt and nasty this story is made of, but a couple of things went too far over my tolerance level in this second book. Plus, some changes compared to the first one had me guessing and checking if I actually read the same book with the same characters or not.

Ok, first and foremost, in addition to the other cons already present from book one, a whole one star goes down because of the absolutely nuts psycho mother of Samantha. Yes, she wasn’t quite well in the head in the first, but this is beyond anything I expected. She was just over-the-top crazy, she made me so frustrated and angry. It’s like all of a sudden everyone is walking around eggshells near her and no one dares to stand up to her tantrums, ridiculous threats and simple craziness. How is that possible that she still has her new husband by her side supporting and believing her? How is it that everyone suddenly cowers and retreats in fear of her? She was a maniac and the amount of time given to her and her part in the plot was more than I could bear.

I was beyond disappointed with Samantha, she was one of the highlights of the first book, her whole I-don’t-care-about-anything apathetic fearless attitude was something to respect amongst all the whackos she had to put up with. It was clear she had issues and was to a degree just as messed up as everyone around her, but suddenly, she’s like this weak and tired little ragdoll who just gets pulled here and there and just complains and whines. Oh, and gets hot for Mason all the time. Ok, I get it, you’re in love and the hormones are surging, but her constant desire felt sort of out-of-place. Anyway, what happened to the girl I thought was a promising kick-your-butt heroine to look forward to reading about?

Some relationships I wanted to see explored are completely ignored and instead the focus is on the lunatic mother. Also, everyone is so hot and gorgeous and… either mean and shallow or… nothing much else. I did, however, like Heather.

Now for some saving graces:

I really liked that Logan was further explored and turned from a cardboard character to a three-dimensional one. It was interesting to read about this issues and relationships with the ones closest. 

Well, I liked the romance between Sam and Mason, who wouldn’t? As much as I can complain over everything else in the story, their chemistry and dynamics is one of the main draws for me in the series.

I liked the openness about sexuality, I appreciated the bonds of family and friendship between certain characters, I came to love the heaps of characters in it because it just felt more realistic and messy, in a good way, with so many players involved in the plot, I liked that it’s not a pure, simple, virginal and proper YA book, I give it credit for being addictive,… there were enough things to keep me occupied in the positive sense.

Characters:

Why are almost all characters in this huge ensemble so humongously or slightly less dislikable (read: toooooooo messed up)?

Overall:

It was a step down from the first book, but as much as I was annoyed with it, it’s part of the book group: so bad, but I can’t stop reading! And so, I will take up the third book soon as well. Hopefully my main pain points will disappear or at least lessen to a bearable extent.

2 stars!

LIIS

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