Title: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Edition/Pages: Hardcover, 803 pages
Bryce had the perfect life – until a demon brutally murdered her closest friends. Bryce spends the following year grieving and completely along. But when mysterious and similar murders begin again, Bryce is thrust into the investigation. Along side Hunt, a fallen angel enslaved to the Archangel that rules Crescent City. Hunt and Bryce both have their reason for investigating, but as they dig deeper, they find dark secrets and power that may threaten everything. And despite the warnings of others, they can’t hide the passion that is growing between them.
➸ POV: 3rd Person
➸ Bryce Quinlin: 23, Half Fae, Best friends with Danika, House of Sky and Breath, Works at Griffin Antiquities, Party girl
➸ Hunt Athalar: Angel, Enslaved to Archangel of Crescent City for rebellion, “Umbra Mortis”: The Shadow of Death, Lightning powers
➸ Content Warnings: Classism, Racism, Murder, Violence/Gore, Death of a Loved One, Abuse, Drug Abuse, Grief, Suicide
Oh man I don’t even know how to review this book. I’ve been putting it off because I don’t know how to eloquently convey my feelings of this amazing book.
I loved every amazing word in here
Part 1 is definitely a bit of a challenge. This world, political system, caste system, etc are extensive to say the least. And I was definitely a little overwhelmed for the first 100 pages or so. But I wrote things down and once it clicked I flew through all 800+ pages.
I really loved the friendships in this. This book really explored friendships and how deep those bonds can run. I love an amazing, strong female character and this book had them in spades. I loved watching these women who were so different, support each other through it all. I also loved the exploration of grief and the toll it can take on a person and their relationships. There were so many dark moments that really hit hard and had my heart breaking for these characters.
This book also had the morally grey elements I love. Other than one (*cough* Sabine *cough*) this book did a really amazing job of showing both sides to each character. They were all flawed and multidimensional rather than blatantly good or evil.
This slow burn romance nearly did me in. I was ready to combust by the time these 2 finally got together! I loved their banter and chemistry. I’ve read quite a few reviews from people saying they weren’t buying into it, but I was 100% here 👏 for 👏 it.
But those last 250-300 pages… Holy shit. I have never read anything so action packed. That last third was filled to the brim and I couldn’t have put the book down for anything. I laughed, I cried – a lot. parts of that ending killed me – I felt the full gambit of emotions. This is one of those books you finish and immediately want to turn over an start again. I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to wait for book 2 – I’m ready to be broken.