Series: Fallen Crest High #1
Published on October 31st 2012
Published by Self-published
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.
Wow, this was quite an entertaining read. I thought Fallen Crest High has a similar setting as Gossip girl. However, since I only read two of the Gossip girl novels, and it was ages ago, I am going to say Fallen Crest High is more similar to the TV version of Gossip Girl. From the beginning to the end Ms Tijan kept me on thoroughly entertained, from the way each of the scenes play out, I found myself keeping clicking to the next page, because I have to find out what will happen next.
When Samantha’s mother dropped the bomb on her that they are leaving her father, and moving into the Kade mansion, Samantha watch her world slowly fallen apart. While her mother busy throwing tea parties, Samantha is busy avoiding dramas, not that it helps her much. All of the sudden, people weren’t interested in her before started paying closer attention to her. Rumors start flying everywhere, everyone is waiting for the next big thing to gossip about. And what about the adults in their life? They might be just as reckless if not more, than their children.
Fallen Crest High is not your typical high school novel, being a New Adult genre, this book is written for the mature audiences. It contains a little bit of everything, you have your high school dramas, family scandals and adolescence love. They are dramatic, ridiculous, and quite outrageous, but highly entertaining. The book progress in a high pace and never a dull moment, it was definitely a guilty pleasure read for me.
I love Samantha, she is cold and badass, a very strong female character. I thought Ms Tijan did a very good job describing Samantha’s emotions, that’s part of why this book draws me in. I wouldn’t say she’s very mature, there were times that I don’t agree with how she handled her parent’s divorce, and her mother’s manipulations. She uses running to relieve her stress, which is a positive option, although Samantha does it more extreme. She buries her anger, and sometime snapped when it was triggered. With all that’s going on with her, Samantha never once plays the victim card, she’s very outspoken if not insensitive of her opinion, probably one of the reason the Kade brothers were drawn to her. She’s not cruel though, her personality was more like if you leave me alone I will leave you alone. If you bite me, I was destroyed you.
I am not so convinced about her current best-friend Becky, I have to agree with Manson, she seems pretty crazy. I often found Becky annoying, and not so trustworthy.
The Kade brothers are like royalty and people often fears them because their cruelty. Manson is the mysterious more quite one, while Logan is more carefree, reckless and often obnoxious, I am also somewhat convinced that he may have ADHD. When the Kade brothers realized Samantha is just like one of them that stuck in a similar situation which they have no control over, they took Samantha under their wings. After all, no one, not even adults in Samantha’s life seems to care much about her well being. I very much enjoy how they both are very protected towards Samantha, not like she needs their protection, Samantha can hold her own fine. While Logan is very brotherly, Manson and Samantha shared a special bond.
I hope the problem between the Kade brothers will resolve in the next book, I hate to see Logan being hurt. I think for the Kade brothers, you either hate them or you love them. For me, I liked them, mostly because how protected they were about Samantha.
I can’t wait to read the next book, this book left many questions and I have a feeling more skeletons will be revealed in the book.
I don’t want to give away any juicy detail of this book, and trust me there are quite a few of them. I would highly recommend to those who enjoy Gossip Girl (the tv show) type of novels!