Series: A Whole New Crowd #1
Published on August 16, 2014
Published by Self-published
Taryn was good at three things: swimming, stealing, and sex. She just needed to survive her new school, her past, and the newest drug dealer that arrived in town...
A Whole New Crowd was one of Tijan’s early works that I’ve hoped it would be published one day (!!). Although it has been quite some time, after reading the new published version of A Whole New Crowd, I’ve noticed some differences from the old version.
This book is a young adult genre, which means Taryn and Tray don’t actually engaged in any sexual activities until the nearly end of the book. (I am not a perv, beside Ms Tijan doesn’t write steamy sexy scenes. But I am quite certain the pre-published version was more in the new adult genre, if you know what I mean).
A whole New Crowd is the combination of Fallen Crest High and Carter, you get a mixer of both series. Like Fallen Crest High series, you have your crazy high school type of dramas, then like Carter, this book have drugs and crime elements.
Like most of Tijan’s books, the “parents” in A Whole New Crowd were conveniently absent.
I thought this book started out strong, everything I like about Tijan’s book were there, but then the high school dramas gets old pretty fast. Throughout the book Taryn was pretty hung up on her ex-boyfriend, she would keep going back and forth with the same inner struggles, which was a bit annoying,
When I first read this book (old version), I have given 5 stars, and I loved it. However, this time around (new version), I thought it was good, I liked it but I don’t quite love it. Mainly because the repetitive scenarios that can also be found in other Tijan’s books.
I felt Taryn’s character was too similar to Sam from the Fallen series. Tray’s character didn’t quite stood out for me, compare to other Tijan’s leading male characters.
I do however, enjoy the story-plot, the “suspense” and the “twist” in the end of the book.
If you are new to Tijan’s work, you should definitely pick up A Whole New Crowd. It’s entertaining and Tijan’s writing style is quite addicting. If you are already Tijan’s fan, I wonder what you guys think of this book.
“What you can do to me scares me.” I was being honest. It was freeing. Then I frowned. I had never been this open with Brian.
“You mean this?” His hand dipped down and went between my legs again. He paused, his fingers right there where I wanted them and he smiled. “Or this?” His other hand rested between my breasts. My pulse was racing, but my heart seemed to leap to meet his touch.
He felt it and his smile grew tender.
I swallowed. “Both. You’re real.” Real relationships. That’s what we had talked about. “That makes me want to shit my pants.”
He laughed. “Speaking of.” His fingers teased me and slid back inside. Then he grew serious again. “This shouldn’t scare you.”
“Spoken from someone who knows his family, who’s had the same friends probably most his life, who never had to move from home to home.”
He frowned, but said, “Spoken like someone whose father is a disgrace to me.”
I sat upright. “You’ve never said much about your family.”
“Neither have you.”
“My family was Jace and Brian. I’m trying to move on from them.”
He shook his head. “Seems like we’re both holding back.”
I took in a deep breath. That was the truth. That’s why I had been struggling since his party. It was time to let go and move forward.
He touched my bottom lip, drawing my attention back to him. “What are you thinking?”
I hesitated, then said, “About letting you in.”