I have sad news. This review marks my final post as a Bookanista. The reality is that it has become too difficult to review with any regularity while trying to keep up with my day job, the book marketing, the writing, and trying to have any kind of personal life. I wish I could do it all, but it’s just impossible. I’m so grateful for the time I’ve had getting to know all the people in Bookanistas, and the support they’ve given me since I joined in 2011. I’ve had a great time reviewing books as part of the group, and I wish them the best of luck! Now on to the review!
FALLEN CREST PUBLIC 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.
This is the third book in the Fallen Crest Series.
Fallen Crest High
Fallen Crest Family
Fallen Crest Public
I read this in a single sitting, as soon as I received the ARC copy. If you follow me on Twitter or read this, then you’d know that this book was my most highly anticipated book of the fall/winter. I’ve reread the first two books a few times. I was stalking Tijan’s Facebook page (she frequently posts teasers) and kept checking the Amazon page as if the release date would suddenly change. You might say I’m an uber fan. But all of that also means that I had really high expectations for FALLEN CREST PUBLIC, and I’m not sure that was fair to the author. Note: there are spoilers ahead for the first two books in the series, but not for FALLEN CREST PUBLIC. Stop reading here if you haven’t read the first two books.
There were a several story lines that I expected to see in this book, including:
- Nate: In books one and two, we are told that this fourth person of the foursome is trouble. He and Mason had to be separated prior to the start of the series because they manage to do a lot of damage together. In book one, Nate likes Sam, but he’s not a huge part of the story. Enter book two, and Nate has a bigger role since Sam and Mason are staying at his house. This book is where Nate shows he has a shady side and may not be a big fan of Sam’s. I really thought that this was going to be explored in FALLEN CREST PUBLIC, but it fell a little short for me. I didn’t feel Mason’s attachment to Nate, or worry that he would come between Mason and Sam like I thought he might. I wanted so much more here.
- Birth Dad/Mom: I thought Garrett would return and that we’d have more drama with the mom. Sam made a promise that she and the boys would return to live home, but the boys go back on their agreement. Garrett and Sam’s mom disappear from the story. I thought this was a missed opportunity.
- Sam’s running: In book one, Sam runs because she has to. It’s how she wears herself out because she can’t deal with the emotional crap she’s going through. In book two, her running becomes an opportunity for her to get out, a way to get into college without her parents’ help and make her own way. It’s how Mason convinces her to switch schools. In book three, I wanted to see her on the track team. See her strength growing and finding that thing (like Mason has football) that empowers her. I thought it might even help her find her place at a new school. Running took a major backseat in the story, and the coach disappeared from the story.
- Logan: In book two, it is revealed that Logan has feelings for Sam. It’s hinted at in book one too. I thought we’d explore this in book three, but it was only touched on. Sam acted surprised, but it seemed anticlimactic since we already had this knowledge. I believe this is going to be explored in the next book in a big way.
At the end of the day, I wanted Sam to grow in strength. I LOVE her relationship with Mason, and the family she makes with him and Logan. But in book two, her entire world centers around Mason. She loses herself, allowing others to take care of her. I thought she would find a different kind of strength, one that existed outside Mason, making her a stronger partner for him – the kind of girl she was when he fell for her. I wanted more complexity out of Sam. More layers. I’m not sure that we went there, though there were moments (damn, that lunchroom scene was AWESOME).
With all of that said, I read this book in four hours. Tijan has a talent for writing stories that I want to devour. The relationships and drama are addictive. Sam and Mason are still hot as hell together. Logan is still lovable. And the heart of this made-family is alive and well. They always have each others’ backs. One of the key themes in the first two books is incredible pain. Sam is a live wire, an open wound. It’s part of why she’s so relatable: most of us know her pain and can empathize. We wish we’d had a Mason or a Logan there to watch out for us. That dynamic still exists in FALLEN CREST PUBLIC. Just when you think Sam couldn’t be more confident in her relationship with Mason, things happen to shake her foundations.
And then there’s the bullying. Kate and her gang do not play nice, and they come at Sam with all barrels loaded. It hurt to see how far things went and how little Sam could do to stop things from spiraling. I did like the development of Sam and her stepdad David, and even Sam’s relationship with Mark’s mom. It was about time that something good came her way. Another surprise was Brett, the boy from the enemy school who is always picking fights with the Kade brothers. I liked Sam’s scenes with him.
To sum things up, I expected a lot and didn’t quite get what I wanted. I’m hopeful that some of these things will get explored in the next book(s?). Overall, though, there’s a lot to love, and I would recommend FALLEN CREST PUBLIC. If you need your Sam/Mason/Logan fix, this book is like crack. Can’t wait for Logan’s story!
Find it on Goodreads.
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!
Then Logan came out of the gas station. He had two coffees in hand with his head down, clueless of the Broudou brothers as he crossed the lot. There still hadn’t been a word spoken between the brothers and Mason. Yet.
It was coming.
A shiver went down my spine.
Slipping my hand inside my pocket, I made sure my phone was there and pulled it out. If they made one violent move, I was calling 911. I wasn’t going to risk them being hurt. Mason’s future had already been threatened by Analise. It wasn’t going to be threatened again.
Then it happened.
I gulped as I watched it in slow motion. Logan stepped forward, he frowned, and then lifted his head. His eyes found me first. He paused. His foot came down hard in mid-step and he glanced around. He saw Mason before he trailed his head where they were.
It was as if they’d been waiting for him to join.
Everything happened then, at the same time.
Shannon’s features scrunched together in an ugly snarl. Her hands found her heavier hips and her arms pinched the sides of her breasts, making them rise from the motion. It was then when her brothers saw us too.
I jerked forward.
Mason shifted in front of his car, and Logan disappeared from my eyesight. I moved to see better, but Jeff moved with me, obscuring my view.
“Stop.” I tried to push him aside.
He remained facing them, but his hand went behind him to touch my arm. “Get in the car, Sam.”
He hissed, “Get in the car! Now.”
They weren’t going to do anything to them. They couldn’t. Terror started to rise up, and the hair on the back of my neck stood up.
They couldn’t hurt Mason or Logan.
Then a low baritone spoke up, “Kade.”
The other one added, “Shannon, go inside and get your coffee.”
“No!” she hissed. “I’m staying, Brett.”
“What are you doing here, Budd?” Mason asked. I closed my eyes, falling against Logan’s Escalade. He sounded in control, amused even, and a wave of relief went through me at the sound. That meant he was fully in control of the situation. “Quickie’s is in Fallen Crest territory. Not Roussou.”
LET IT GO, THE NEIGHBORHOOD
EYES ON FIRE (ZEDS DEAD REMIX)
SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW REMIX, DUBSTEP MAFIA
DO I WANNA KNOW? ARCTIC MONKEYS
PROBLEM, NATALIA KILLS
CONTROVERSY, NATALIA KILLS
UNDER THE WATER, THE PRETTY RECKLESS
BONES, MS MR
HEY BROTHER, AVICII
BITING DOWN, LORDE
NASHVILLE, NOAH GUNDERSEN
FIRE, NOAH GUNDERSEN
DAVID, NOAH GUNDERSEN
GROW, RAE MORRIS
WITH LOVE, CHRISTINA GRIMMIE
FIND ME (STRIPPED), CHRISTINA GRIMMIE
RAISE THE DEAD, RACHEL RABIN
BUILD A COFFIN, RACHEL RABIN
TRITONAL ALBUMS (MULTIPLE OF THESE)
DARK ON FIRE, TURIN BRAKES
ALMOST ANYTHING BY LANA DEL REY
WE DON’T EAT, JAMES VINCENT
MCMORROW (REMIX AND ORIGINAL)
NASTY LETTER, OTIS TAYLOR
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