Series: Crew #1
# of pages: 500
Published: August 26, 2018
To survive where I live, you have two options.
You can be a Normal–a cheerleader, jock, member of the debate team, or on the yearbook committee. You pretend everything is normal.
Or you can be crew.
You insult us? We hurt you.
You hurt us? We really hurt you.
And if you screw with us, we will end you.
My name is Bren.
I’m the only female in the Wolf Crew–the best, fiercest, and most dangerous crew there is–and we have a rule: There’s no falling in love.
Well… too late. (Goodreads)
Tijan was a new to me author this year. I had been hearing about the Fallen Crest series for a while and decided to finally get my hands on it. I devoured that series. I couldn’t wait to dive into Crew. In Crew, we are introduced to a completely new cast of characters but there are a few mentions of the Fallen Crest crowd so that was really neat to read.
Crew focuses on main character, Bren. Not only was she the main character but she was also my main issue with this book. Most of the Crew characters are all in high school and so I come to expect a certain amount of immaturity when dealing with certain issues, but Bren brought it to a whole new level. I understood she had issues to work through but some of the lines she said and her attitude towards people had me cringing. I did like how the relationship between her and her brother progressed throughout the story and I’m hoping we get to see that unravel a little more in future books.
I didn’t really get the whole “Crew” thing. It’s said again and again that they aren’t gangs and that they aren’t violent. Yet Bren pulls a knife on multiple people throughout the book and there is a fight in almost every other chapter. It’s also said that the Crew system was created to clean things up and yet it seems like issues between crews is the only problem happening. So maybe it’s just me but I’m not seeing the difference between gangs and crews.
I also found that there was a lot of unnecessary information shared. Maybe to set up future books in the series but it felt very random and forced. I enjoyed the school counsellor, “The Badger”. The Badger seemed like the only character who didn’t back down to Bren and who was willing to push her. I wish we could have seen more of that.
The bond between Bren and Cross was kind of hit and miss for me. I think Tijan was trying to go for this whole “we don’t need words were so close” kind of thing between the two, but it didn’t really do it for me. It comes down to the whole “show don’t tell” thing writers talk about all the time. We were constantly told how Cross is always there for her, we were told how close their bond is, but only a few moments actually showed the reader that. In those moments you could absolutely see the chemistry between the two but the rest of the time the relationship just fell flat for me.
Ultimately, this book just didn’t have the same impact on me that the Fallen Crest series did. I still plan on reading future books in the series because it definitely has potential. If you give this one a read let me know what you think! Also this book is on Kindle Unlimited for all you KU readers out there!