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HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD | book review

# of pages: 803

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Title: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …
With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.

“Through love, all is possible.”

Okay. Um. This review was incredibly hard to write because it’s almost impossible for me to form any coherent thoughts about this book. 

House of Earth and Blood absolutely stunned me in the best way possible. I was blown away by the characters, the romance, the plot, and the drama. If there’s one book that truly has it all, it’s this one. 

“That’s the point of it, Bryce. Of life. To live, to love, knowing that it might all vanish tomorrow. It makes everything that much more precious.”

First of all, let me talk about the characters. I LOVED Bryce, the main character, and might even go so far as to say she might just be one of my new favorite MC’s! Bryce was so fierce and brave, yet she was also vulnerable and I really felt for her. She has just gone through so much, from growing up as half fae/half human to the tragic event of what happened to her friends. Despite everything that happened to her, Bryce was a fighter and she was loyal to the ones she loves. Next, there’s Hunt. He was the signature SJM male love interest – hot, muscled, protective. That being said, there’s a reason everyone swoons over them (*cough* Rhysand *cough*). Hunt was introduced as a loner and brooding angel and didn’t initially get along with Bryce. However, their slow burn romance over time was sooo great to read. I was rooting so hard for the two of them, but I also loved how their relationship was so much more than just the romance. At the root of it all, Bryce and Hunt are great friends ❤️. Another character I want to mention is Ruhn, a fae male and Bryce’s “cousin”. He might have been my favorite character of the book… and that’s saying something. Overall, I just really liked how even though there were SO many characters in this book, they were all very well flushed out and had distinct personalities. For the characters I loved, I really loved them with my whole heart. For the characters I wasn’t a fan of, I really wasn’t a fan of. 

House of Earth and Blood also had a really well developed plot. I have heard from people who didn’t like this book that they felt it was super slow-paced and drawn out. I agree, this is a long book and it did feel slower paced at times, especially in the middle. However, I actually like that it was slower paced because that way we really got to see all the character interactions and the world building. Also, the slow moments of the book were SO worth it for that ending (aka the best part of the book, in my opinion). If you think about reading this or do end up picking it up, I would recommend sticking through even if you don’t initially like the pacing of the story. I didn’t have a problem with the pacing, but I know a lot of people did, so all I’ll say is that it definitely gets better!

This book, despite being fantasy, touches on a number of important subjects such as mental health. I cannot believe this is my first read of 2021, because it’s really hard for me to imagine there’s something else I could read this year that would top it. I am so incredibly excited for the sequel, whenever it comes out, and will definitely be recommending this to everyone and anyone!

Obviously: 5/5 stars

Have you read this? What were your thoughts! I would love to know in the comments!

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Author: Aarushi @ aarushireads

Hi friends! My name is Aarushi (she/her) and welcome to my blog 💖 I’m a 19 year old reader and decided to start this so I’d have a place where I could write down all my bookish rambles and thoughts! In addition to reading, I love to write in my free time and am currently working on my YA Fantasy WIP. Found family, rivals to lovers, and a historical backdrop are just a few tropes I've added in. I love interacting with other readers and writers so be sure to leave your comments so we can chat! Thanks for being here <33 All my socials are aarushireads :) *profile pic created by prequel

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