House of Earth and Blood

House of Earth and Blood

A Crescent City Novel

eBook - 2020
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"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, savoring 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.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020
ISBN: 9781635574050
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This contemporary fantasy truly transported me to another time and place! Main characters deal with deep emotional scars and secondary characters (plenty of them introduced to carry on the series!) have their own stories to tell. ArapahoeDagmar

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Sep 15, 2020

Have only read 30 pgs but find there seems to be a mishmash of too many characters and gods mixed in with lots of profanity. It becomes annoying to try to keep track. It's full of useless doubt to extend the page count. So disappointed in this author and question whether she is doing the actual writing given her stellar previous series.

sjpl_rebekah Sep 03, 2020

When I heard that Sarah J. Maas was officially taking the leap into New Adult/Adult Fiction, I was dying to get a copy of this book. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much, but darn it, Maas exceeded my expectations. I LOVED this book. In fact, I think that New Adult Fiction is really her jam. Considering that her YA series have a tendency to tip into this realm, it wasn’t really that much of a leap, but I am glad she finally just stopped flirting with that line and crossed it.

Maas has a lot of dark content in her YA books, and this book goes just a bit darker. It has been awhile since a book has made me cry, and more than once this book had me in tears. Two scenes in particular were just so damn beautiful, they haunt me still. Interestingly, it wasn’t even the romance that evoked this level of emotion in me, but rather the friendships. The friendships in this book are by far it’s strongest element. If I am being honest, the romance followed her typical formula, so no surprises there, and her heroine is very reminiscent of Celaena . BUT I DON’T EVEN CARE. Somehow she made it work and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released (or even announced for that matter).

If they adapted this book into a movie I would fangirl so hard. I am not usually one to fancast, but I envision Madelaine Petsch as Bryce Quinlan.

Jul 15, 2020

Sarah has ventured into the adult fiction world with the first book in her new trilogy Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood. The beginning of the book was a bit slow and a lot of information to take in, but after that the book takes off from there and is filled with action, mystery, romance, and a plot twist that I didn't see coming. House of Earth and Blood features a wide cast of diverse characters who are lovable and have depth to them. The plot is clever and well executed, and add in Sarah's lyrical writing it just makes the story come to life. The only aspect that I didn't care for was how much language there was and the abundance of drugs and alcohol. Sarah is a wonderful writer so I just feel like the coarse language every few sentences wasn't entirely necessary. I feel that these elements do die down as the book continues on, but the beginning has very heavy alcohol and drug use along with a lot of language. Other than that, I really did thoroughly enjoy this book and SJM never fails to amaze me with her world building and endearing characters.

Jul 14, 2020

I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book. It was probably one of the best, if not the best, book I've ever read. The twists and the characters had me hooked. Danika, Bryce, and Hunt were amazing characters , the way Maas described them and what they did contributed overall to my love for this book, the snark was hilarious. After I finished it, it felt like there was a hole in my soul, thats how you know a book was good.

Jun 01, 2020

I snorted every time I read the word "alphahole". I rolled my eyes every time a character growled and smirked. The sexual euphemisms are enough to make you gag. It's adult, Mrs. Maas, let's get adult about it. BUT, it was fun. I tore through this behemoth clocking in at 816 pages. I loved Maas' characters. All of them. No matter how cheesy, serious, good, or wicked. Everyone has a purpose. The twists and turns of the story were predictable and I didn't care because she crafted the story well. Despite my typical grievances with her novels (the male/female crap, the scenting and snarling, and everyone being beautiful as all hell) -- I was still enraptured. I laughed a little, cried a little, and at the end I had to force myself to slow down and pay attention. A true blast to read and I'm looking forward to the next one.

May 15, 2020

If you like reading the F word a million times, mostly used unnecessarily, and you like arrogant alpha males trying to protect the strong heroine who is always totally annoyed by them, then read this book. I think Maas is a good storyteller, but I wish she would just raise the maturity level.

May 13, 2020

This was the first book I have read by Maas. I see her YA books all the time when checking others out in that section and saw this come it, added it to my hold list and picked it up right before DCL closed due to the pandemic. Lucky me! This story was written beautifully. The fantastastical world and characters were incredibly described and developed. The twists and turns of the story left me on the edge of my seat! You will laugh and cry, you will be mad and sad but hold on because the 800 pages is just not long enough!

This is a masterpiece. I really took my time with it, kind of because life got insane, but also because I savoured every word. I wonder if there will come a day where I don't rate an SJM book 5 any case, today is not that day.

In Bryce's world, vampyrs, fae, angels, and all manner of otherworldly entities are not otherworldly at all, but instead, regular citizens. In her world, humans are lesser than, looked down upon, and as half-Fae, Bryce is almost worse. Cursed (blessed?) with no power, she works for an antiquities dealer, dates other normal human males, and parties with her friends. But when tragedy strikes, Bryce is forced to work with an angel, Hunt Athalar, to search for what could be a dangerous serial killer on the loose in Crescent City.

Trying to avoid spoilers in the synopsis is extremely challenging, but I went into this having not even read the inside cover summary, and because of that, it was an immersive experience like no other. I would recommend that to anyone thinking about picking this up; don't let Sarah's other books colour your judgement going in, for better or worse. Don't read the synopsis, don't go on Goodreads and read spoilery reviews, don't search the tag on Tumblr. You'll thank me later.

A major strength of this book for me is how it is technically still "high" fantasy with the other world elements but it almost feels and reads like paranormal fantasy. I love Sarah's other series, will read literally anything she throws out into the universe, but I wondered if we'd get something similar with this first adult series (fae, high fantasy, etc.). Although we got the fae aspect, this is basically a modern world, and the addition of technology with the different Houses and how everything feels familiar enough yet also alien and fascinating is SO ORIGINAL and SO COOL.

SJM's strength that draws me in so hard every single time is her characters. Bryce is a character I would normally hate in this kind of paranormal-feeling fantasy. She's that gorgeous, curvy, sassy party girl - but, because it's SJM, of course that's not all she is. And Hunt is more of her classic broody man, but at the same time, he's so distinct to me, and such a rock of a character too. He's who I want saving me if I need rescuing from a fire or something. And Ruhn! God I loved him. The party boy with the heart of gold. The development amongst the three of them was handled with such grace and patience over the course of the 800 pages. No character is ever just one thing, never reduced to a stereotype, and man, did it all move me to tears multiple times.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again here, what pushes a book to a five star rating for me is the element of surprise. I don't want to be able to predict what's coming. And here, boy oh boy, did I have no idea how this was going to end. The mystery is so well-handled, I never felt impatient, and every time Hunt and Bryce were following a lead, I genuinely thought it was a good one. There were so many intricate connections, but at the same time, it never felt overwhelming. And the ultimate payoff, the reveal of everything, is so wonderfully satisfying and moving and emotional.

The emotion is what does it for me with SJM too. She always manages to weave these emotional threads through everyday, mundane happenings in her books so that when she tugs on them later you can't help but sob and wonder how you got to this place. I was crying at work by the end of this one. Her characters are so realistic, her worlds so well-developed, her writing so beautiful, that it all just comes together in this perfect storm of fiction that I can't help but absolutely adore. I love this book, and I can't wait to see where we go from here.

Apr 04, 2020

I loved this novel so much. From the very beginning, I was attached to the main character, and through everything she went through, I felt like I was right there with her. Maas has a way of writing that pulls you in and you feel like you can’t leave, or you’re missing out on something big. The end of the novel was an emotional roller coaster. I cried, I laughed, I cried, I was happy, I sobbed... and that ending... My God. The only thing I don’t like (and don’t get me wrong - I’m a young adult who curses like a sailor) but the use of all the variations of the word “fucx” got kind of old. That’s my only qualm. Otherwise, READ THIS. READ IT NOW. ALL EIGHT HUNDRED AND WHATEVER PAGES. You won’t regret it, I promise. (Also, I wanted to note a lot of people complain about her sex scenes, but this book has one. ONE.) Anyway, read it.

RandomLibrarian Mar 16, 2020

Review excerpt: "Perhaps unsurprisingly, after reading 'House of Earth and Blood', I posit that the best barometer of whether or not you will enjoy this book is whether or not you have enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’ other books. All the hallmarks of Maas are here: a beautiful, semi-outcast heroine hiding an incredible power; a super-powerful, much older hero with a dark past; a jam-packed cast of intriguing secondary characters; loads of snarky and sassy dialogue, and nonstop, high-stakes action in the latter sections of the book."

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