CREW by Tijan ~ Sarah A’s Review

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 f*ck 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.

**Full-length novel. First book in a YA Series. This book is dark, violent, and not for the faint of heart.**
This is 100% a new series from TIJAN. All new characters in the Tijanverse and is intended for mature audiences only.


It took me a minute to get into this book. Once I did, though, I consumed it voraciously. When I finally finished I was glad that the first part of the book took so long to take off; there was a lot of information to digest and if it had been glossed over at all the end of the book wouldn’t have reached the intense climax it did. Tijan did a fabulous job of constructing this new world and the premise of crews and Normals in Crew, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the rest of the series.

Crew is a VERY slow-burn romance, and for a little while, I wasn’t sure which direction Bren was going to head. There were two definite possibilities for her and I was on board with both of them. Tijan did a great job of constructing two compelling suitors in Cross and Race. As the story developed it was apparent Bren could only tear down her walls and be comfortable with one of those boys, and he was only able to be vulnerable with her, too. The book was never a love triangle but giving that little pull of the other man gave Crew an extra layer of interest.

The premise of Crew is completely new to me. Sure, I’ve read tons of gangs/motorcycle club/mafia/etc. books, but the crew and Normals idea was fascinating and original. I found myself engrossed in the system they set up and the way the crews interacted both with other crews and with Normals. I loved how loyal they were to one another and the dynamics within the group, especially that Bren – the only female in her crew – was viewed and treated as completely equal to her male counterparts. In truth, she may have been the most terrifying member of her group because of her affinity for violence.

Bren was a badass; there’s no other way to put it. She was independent, strong – mentally and physically, and fearless. Despite all that, there was still something profoundly broken about her, and when we found out about her past, it made her persona that much more impressive. Bren was intriguing and damaged, and I wanted nothing more, while I was reading than for her to find true love and happiness.

My only wish for this book would have been to get into Bren’s love interest’s head. He seemed just as compelling as Bren, and I would have loved to see what was going on in that beautiful head of his.

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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