“Get your asses over to Asphodel Meadows. There’s been another murder.”Isaiah, Crescent City House of Earth and Blood, Chapter 36
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! The book we are talking about today goes by many names. Crescent City being the one that is most popular because it is the largest writing on the book other than the authors name. The actually name of the book is House of Earth and Blood, but personally I think Crescent City is easier to remember. I have so many feelings on this book. This review will likely be filled with spoilers, but as I have tried to do with the books I spoil in the past I will make a pretty general review with as few details as possible and then mark the spoilers heavily so that if you do not want spoilers you don’t get them. Before we get into my thoughts here is the Goodreads Summary.
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.
Oh the thoughts I have on this book are many. I have been debating writing this review right after reading it because there is just so much going on. However, I am going to write it and then I want to do a reread of the book another time and will likely write and updated review/deep dive in a few months/years.
First thing I want to talk about is unrelated to the story itself and mostly just related to the book cover and the name of the book. The book cover is lovely. I think it is so pretty, but the way the names on the book are written lead to a whole lot of confusion. Usually the series title of a book is the smaller writing, but not in this case. I as lead to believe, until someone else finally pointed it out, that the name of the book was Crescent City. It is seriously as big as the authors name. You can see that in the picture I posted. I feel like that was a slight design flaw. To be fair though I guess having House of Earth and Blood that big would have taken up like the entire cover. Now that I know what the name is I am still struggling to call it the correct thing because I thought it was something else for so long.
Now that we have gotten out my non book related feelings we can dive into how I felt about the book.
First things first. The first 250 pages of this book are so confusing and so boring. 70 pages in I was ready to quit reading. I kept reading but it took me almost two days just to get through the first 250 pages. The book gets good around the 250 page mark and I flew through the final like 400 pages of the book. By the end I was loving it and was sad that I couldn’t just immediately pick up the next book and continue. There is a lot of world building that has to be done in this book, and you really have to just suck it up and stick through it. Which is not something many people are going to be willing to do for 250 pages of an 800 page book.
I loved the story of Hunt and Bryce though. I was rooting for that story line the entire time. While their story line was pretty predictable, and I have never read any other Sarah J Maas books, and I guessed how it would end up there were still so many twists and turns that I did not see coming. I was cursing at the book at times, ready to throw it out a window, and I was sitting there with almost tears in my eyes, if you know you know.
I am not sure if I would still love the book as much if you took out the Hunt/Bryce story though. There were plenty of other things happening but this one was the big draw for me. I did enjoy the murder mystery aspect of it but it just was not my favorite part. I do feel like there is something in this book for everyone though, if you can get through the first part of the books.
Now it is SPOILER TIME because I have so many things that I want to talk about specifically. If you do not want spoilers then please do not continue reading past here!
Ruhn is a dick. There I said it. I did end up liking him at the end of the book but he just made me mad the majority of the rest. Which is sort of funny because I think most other people liked him. Like I could tell he was trying to be nice to Bryce and do what was best for her but christ, the boy could have done it a little better. Also what was up with the mind talking bologna towards the end of the summit. I did not see that one coming. At all. It was useful that is for sure. Oh and let us not forget that the whole first part of the book you think that Ruhn is Bryce’s cousin, but then you learn he isn’t he is actually her brother. Damn. Throw me some more plot twists (we all know that does happen).
I am also not sure how I feel about Maas killing off the whole pack at the beginning of the book. She spent so much time building them up and giving them back stories and then just BAM they are dead within the first 70 pages. This was the thing that caused me to want to stop reading. I was so prepared for a Conner and Bryce love story and then I got stabbed in the heart and told nope ain’t gonna happen.
And what about Lehabah. That was one bad ass fire sprite. I can not believe that she sacrificed herself so that Bryce could get away. I mean actually I can, but I was not expecting that to happen. Especially since Bryce ended up buying Lehabah’s freedom. I almost shed a tear when she died, but it was for a good cause so I will remember her fondly.
And finally, lets talk about this whole Bryce and Hunt thing. YES PLEASE. The enemies to lovers trope is seriously one of my favorite, so I fully supported this. I didn’t exactly support Hunt lying to Bryce, but I was rooting for them the majority of the book. The way that Bryce was able to be herself around Hunt when she didn’t feel like she could be herself around anyone else after Danika died was great. I also loved being able to see Hunt warm up and become “a better person” with Bryce. Though to be fair I still don’t know if he can be a better person after having killed so many people. I guess we will just have to see.
And so with all of the spoilers that my review on Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood. I hope you enjoyed reading it and I will be back for another review soon!
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