Review: "House Of Earth And Blood" by Sarah J. Maas

Don't read this book. It will make you feel like non-existing for a few days. I am kidding. Read. This. Book. And then come talk to me. Or scream, cry, sing. Whatever you feel like doing that moment. Let it all out.

Synopsis "House Of Earth And Blood (Crescent City #1):


Bound by blood.

Tempted by desire.

Unleashed by destiny.


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.



This book was insane(ly good). I have to admit I had to struggle my way through the first half of the book. The world building was crazy and it took a great amount of story time to lay it all out. I sticked a huge amount of post-its so I could find back information about all the names, clans, places, rituals... more easily when I forgot something.


But all the world building was so worth it! It's what makes this book for a great part. Because of the great amount of the time you spend with the characters, you really get invested in them. So you start feeling every emotion they feel. You get them, even when you don't agree with them.

I told myself that I could never forgive him (I am not going to spoil and mention his name), no matter what his intentions were. Even if she will forgive him (please, forgive him) I won’t. And then I did. That kind of power does Sarah J. Maas have over me. I can’t think clearly anymore. I can't make my own decisions anymore. I feel what she tells me to feel.

However, I don’t cry when people warn me I will cry. And nope, I didn’t cry when the first bad thing happened, or the second, or the… oh wait I am crying now.

The paragraph isn't even coherent anymore. I am just typing all my feeling out of me.


Bryce and Danika bring the values of friendship to a whole new level. Now I feel like I don't have friends (of course I have, love you all, but Bryce and Danika's friendship is unbeatable). They are definitely my new favourite friend couple. I swear, Sarah J. Maas is a queen in world building and character development. She can break my heart anytime, if she keeps writing such amazing stories.


So as I mentioned, the world building made EARTH OF HOUSE AND BLOOD a heavy read. I read like 20 pages a day, so it took me over a month to finish this book. I was already half way through (400 pages) when my reading took up speed. And I read the last 100 pages in one day, or actually two hours. And those last 100 pages made all the world building, all the slow reading SO WORTH IT. So I definitely recommend reading this book. It's one of my favourite reads of 2020. I am so ready to get my heart broken again in the sequel. Can it be November 2021 already?

Happy reading, loves!


Janne


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