ARC Review: House of Earth and Blood

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

Title: House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Physical ARC
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.


I’m lucky enough to work at a bookstore which means that sometimes I get access to books before publication. This was one such time. When I walked into the backroom at work I gasped when I saw that we had received an ARC of this book. I devoured it over the course of a single weekend and now a day before its publication I’m here to tell you what I thought of the book.

Characters

The two main characters are Bryce and Hunt. I love both so very much. I first want to talk about Bryce. She was such a fun, feisty character to read about. I absolutely loved her and her character arc throughout the book. She gets called out on her shit a lot and even still she did whatever she wanted. I thought she was a really amazing character and I can’t wait to read more about her in the following books.

Now Hunt is a sweet sweet child and I absolutely adored him. He was his own character separate from Bryce and he also wasn’t reduced to just being the love interest. He has such an interesting back story. I really enjoyed reading about him and I can’t wait to see how his story develops further in the rest of the series.

Plot/Writing

I really enjoy Maas’s writing, especially in this book. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book of hers and I’m glad that I read this one. There were some terms in the beginning that were confusing but as the book went on you get more comfortable in the world and it becomes easier to read. The writing was smooth and easy which is always my favorite.

I didn’t even get 90 pages into the book before I got emo. It didn’t take long for me to connect with the characters and immediately Maas messes with them. There was a time jump that I found interesting and I wasn’t expecting that. My absolute favorite thing about this book was the romance. It was such a slowburn and I was here for it! The main mystery in the book was done really well. I was kept on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on and who had done it. It was great to solve it along with the characters and when everything was revealed I was shook.

Overall Thoughts

This was a great start to a new series and I’m now really invested in it. I want the second book already but I know I’m not getting it anytime soon which is disappointing but I will be eagerly awaiting it. I’m definitely going to be going into work tomorrow even though I’m not working just to get a finished copy. I definitely recommend this book and it has made me want to get more into adult fantasy!

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