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REVIEW: House of Earth and BloodHouse of Earth and Blood
(Crescent City #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: March 3rd, 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: fantasy, romance, new adult, adult
Source: Owned
Format: Hardcover, 801 pages

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir...

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4 Stars

Light it up, bitch.

PROS

  • Sarah has a real knack for creating intricate worlds. She is a natural storyteller, and she’s able to write layers upon layers of ideas on top of each other – a talent I hope to acquire in the future since I have writing aspirations!
  • Another thing that Sarah did well in this novel in particular was putting various pieces of a puzzle in front of you and leading you in directions that you were almost positive held the answers to all of your questions… but then she says, “Just kidding! You fell for it ahahahaha!” and you spend the rest of the book with the word “CHUMP” stamped on your forehead. But seriously, the murder mystery aspect of this novel was pretty awesome and there were plenty of small plot twists. 😲
  • Angels, demons, faeries, vampires and werewolves – I really liked the melting pot of cultures that existed in Lunathion. And everything was so modern, which was an interesting – but nice – touch! There was also a societal structure in – and outside of – the city that seemed so stacked and complex.
  • Despite the romantic nature of Sarah’s writing, there’s a strong emphasis on friendship in this one that really made my heart swell. I developed lots of feels about the friendship between Bryce and Danika, and the secondary friendships with Juniper and Fury, and definitely with Lehabah (!!!)
  • Bryce had that “bad bitch” status hidden underneath the “party girl” she let everyone else use to identify her. I really did like her as a character, and how loyal her bleeding heart was.
  • I can really appreciate the slow-burn that existed between Bryce and Hunt Athalar. 😍 It tied in nicely with the trope of “We Have To Be Roommates Even Though We Don’t Really Like Each Other” and then they finally end up succumbing to their feelings for one another. 👌🏻

CONS

  • Despite having many positives, the writing didn’t seem as quality as I remember her previous works to be. And honestly, Sarah’s strength lies in her ability to structure a story rather than write it beautifully. There was many times while reading this that I wish sentences would’ve been edited better and ideas would’ve had enhanced wording.
  • I also felt like the adult language she used felt out of place and awkward. 😬 The cursing didn’t bother me so much, but the talk of sex and body parts just seemed forced and weird to me.
  • It took a while for me to absorb all the information that was dumped on my head. Names, places, acronyms, relationships… WOW! Info overload!

Through love, all is possible.

verdict

  • While this is certainly not my favorite book that Sarah has written, it was a solid debut into the adult genre that gave us thrilling action, an intriguing murder-mystery, and to-die-for friendships! I’ll be looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next. 👀

Total time spent reading: 24h 57m
Dates read: Apr 14 – May 31, 2020

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One Comment to REVIEW: House of Earth and Blood

  1. I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s the talk of the town!
    I loved Throne of Glass, but have felt a couple of other books since then have been a bit of an info dump…I may or may not read this one because of it?? I always get so thrown off with so much information in books!

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