Top critical review
2.5 problematic stars.
Reviewed in Australia on 28 June 2020
It pains me to give a low rating to Tijans books .
I love her writing ! I’ve read every book of hers and I’ll continue to do so . But this one didn’t do it for me :(
This book is about Blaise and aspen .
Blaise is the half brother of cross and taz from the crew series . And Aspen is nate’s (from fallen crest series ) sister .
Blaise is meant to be an obnoxious rude arrogant entitled rich prick right , and aspen a wall flower , ghost like smart shy and a ‘nobody ‘
The character development was where the problem with this book for me started . The first 40% of the book chops and changes and feels messy . I found it really difficult to connect to. Blaise wasn’t nearly as prick like that I expected , zeke was confusing , and aspen .... I wanted to feel her but couldn’t .
There was very little chemistry between them , so when they first get together it didn’t feel right ... after about 40% I started to get it but I wasn’t hooked and still couldn’t connect emotionally to the characters 😣
Secondly we really have no idea that Blaise can okay soccer until waaaaay into the book and then it’s kind of sprung on the reader and all of a sudden he can go write a letter to a college and get in based on his soccer skills - unrealistic and just huh !?
We’re also told on a couple of occasions that Blaise has a reputation for fighting and fighting hard in New York but this is given no substance - just that people fear and respect him for it ... again felt no substance to this .
Throughout the book we are given glimpses of other characters from Tijans other books . Channing and his crew , cross Bren and their crew , Nate with the mention of mason Logan and Matteo , and mentions of mumma Melinda too. Although I enjoyed this because I’ve read all of the other books i did feel this could feel confusing if this is the first book you read .
There were a few parts of this book that I had to try and think back to other books to remember and understand what was going on .
Having said that I did complete this book and liked some parts . It could be just that this book wasn’t for me so please still give it a go !! I can not wait for nates book and I think zeke would have a great book too !
I’ll always one click Tijans books ! She’s a brilliant writer !!