Review : Evil by Tijan

Title: Evil
Author: Tijan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Rating: 2.5 Kisses

You know that group of people in school that everyone fears? Popular. Beautiful. The in-crowd?

That was my family. Kind of.

We were above that group. We held court over everyone else. We were the best looking. We were the mysterious and elusive ones. Most of the girls wanted to (and did) date the guys, but they didn’t want to be one of us. They couldn’t be. They were our prey.

We were the feared.

But like every family, nothing is as it seems. That was my truth.

Kellan was in his own league. He was our leader and he was the one no one messed with. No one dared. He was ruthless, powerful, and no one could match him…

Except for me.

I was about to find out just how different I was from my family.

**Evil is a full-length paranormal romance stand-alone.

“Kellan and Shay Braden, why is it always you two? And if it’s not the two of you, it’s your other two siblings. All the time.” Mr. Mirchak approached, shaking his head. “Who’d you fight this time, Kellan?”
I should’ve felt something, maybe remorse, but there was nothing. Matt had assaulted me. Kellan felt it and protected me. And if Matt chose to run away, then that was Matt’s decision. But still…I should’ve felt guilty.
Kellan drew to his full height of six one and squared his lean shoulders against the portly forty-something teacher. He shook his head. “Do you see anyone, Mr. Mirchak?”
The balding teacher shook his head. “I never see anyone, Kellan. That’s the problem. But I know that someone’s going to show up with a busted eye, maybe a shoulder. I don’t know, but there’s always something.” He turned away, but mumbled over his shoulder, “…too damn scared to say a thing…”
Kellan waited until the teacher had turned the corner before he flashed a smile. “What do you think?”
I rolled my eyes and kicked my locker open. “You didn’t have to hurt his jaw.”
“Right.” Kellan fell against the locker beside mine and studied me. “At least this way, he’ll shut up all the time. I’m getting tired of his mouth. The guy thinks he knows you too much. He doesn’t know anything.”
“Still…” I muttered as I bent inside to grab my book.
“Still,” Kellan mimicked me and yanked me out. “Why didn’t you do something, Shay?”
“What are you talk—?”
“Don’t. Not with me,” Kellan interrupted. “You could’ve stopped him long before I came around the corner. You knew I was coming. Why didn’t you stop him?”
“Maybe I wanted to hear his rhetoric on how hot I must be for him.”
“Don’t be funny, Shay. You’re not the funny one, remember?”
I smirked. “That’s funny. I don’t think that role’s been taken in our family.”
Kellan’s hand tightened on my arm. He pulled me closer and bent his head to my ear. “You always wait for me. Why?”
Maybe I couldn’t bring myself to do what he enjoyed. Maybe I liked knowing he’d always protect me or that someone would protect me. Maybe…maybe I enjoyed the sick pleasure knowing that someone like Matt could never really hurt me, though he didn’t know that fact. Or maybe…I whispered, “I don’t know, okay?”
I didn’t know. I had ideas. I had possible scenarios, but the only truth was, I could’ve easily broken Matt’s hold on me and I didn’t.

I LOVE Tijan’s Fallen Crest series and all of its drama-filled glory. But I think her work is a hit or miss for me. This is the second book of hers that not only could I not connect with whatsoever, but actually highly disliked. Aside from that, there were several things wrong with the story overall that caused it to fall flat.

The little bit of action that was there was pretty on point though. The descriptions were vivid and chilling. The conflict was there, but I kept expecting for there to be more. For the climax to really hit an explosive pinnacle. 

The romance was really strange. The connection never blew up. Not even a little sizzle.
Kellan and Shay have grown up together, her thinking she was related to Kellan. I never got that familial bond. Perhaps Tijan purposely did this so that the next part wouldn’t be too weird. But… it still was.
There’s suddenly a romance plot between the two, and everyone is just instantly okay with it. I don’t understand how Shay could’ve flipped her feelings at a drop of a hat and have sexual/romantic feelings towards someone who was her brother—regardless of it actually being true or not.

Shay was a terrible, pushover of a character. She had all this power, so many questions, and no one telling her what she needed to know. There’s only so much a person can take of being held in the dark before doing everything and anything to get answers. But she didn’t! Even in the end, we still don’t get all the answers. 

There were so many holes and inconsistencies in this story, and it really messed with the flow of the story. The book was confusing all the way through. But it’s Tijan! So I had to keep at it. The beginning felt like I was coming into the story halfway through. There were emotions and reactions that didn’t make sense, and felt like they had already been explained, yet I was only on the first few pages. 

The end wrapped up rather suddenly and too easily in my honest opinion. It was so anticlimactic that it made the entire read a waste. I got nothing but a headache trying to put together a puzzle with missing pieces. To best describe it, it was a hot mess of nephilim and demons.

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I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.