“Light it up, bitch.”
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
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.
Did I cry? Twice
Is this my favorite SJM book? No
Do I need the next book? Immediately
I have A LOT of feelings on the first book in the Crescent City series so I’m going to do us all a favor and just get straight into all the things I liked and didn’t like about this!
What I Liked
👯♀️ The emphasis of friendship. Y’all mind if I scream for a sec? I didn’t read the synopsis before I picked up this book and the last time I read it was months ago, so imagine my surprise when I finished part one of this book. I was pretty gutted to say the least. Now, after finishing it and realizing the full extent of Bryce and Danika’s friendship, how much they loved each other, and the lengths they would go to save each other literally makes me want to bawl my eyes out (especially when we find out the significance of some of the things they say to one another). By the end of this book I was reduced to a blubbering mess of tears. Pass the tissues, please.
💁🏻♀️ Bryce Mother F’ing Quinlan. I love that bitch even when she is a bitch. I’m not trying to jump the gun or anything here but she MAY be my favorite female MC we’ve had so far. She’s a curvy, red-headed, sassy, cursing up a storm, take no shit type of gal and we love to see it. I adored how unapologetic she is for being herself, how fierce and hard she loves people, and how much she cares for the greater good as well. Her character growth in this was phenomenal and heart breaking and I need the next book immediately because I need more time with Bryce in my life.
🤬 Cursing and sex talk. If you want my honest opinion SJM writing adult book feels so right and if she never went back to YA books I wouldn’t care. I think the way cursing, talking about sex, drugs, partying, and drinking is brought up in this book is pretty realistic to the society we live in today. And I think that this made the book feel a tad more “normal”, you know, as normal as we can get when we’re talking about witches, wolves, vampires, fae, mermaids, and life vest wearing/mail delivering otters.
🌎 Urban fantasy world. I really don’t read enough of them but when I do I always love them. There’s just something about all these paranormal creatures in a modern/futuristic world with technology and what not that fills my heart with glee. And Sarah builds this world up just like her others. She did a really great job of creating a complex world…even if it did take a little while to catch on. Once I was able to catch up it really did make me appreciate how well it was all put together and I definitely can’t wait to see more of it.
💘 Romance. Can we just talk a second to appreciate how SOFT Hunt Athalar really is? Because I could cry thinking about it. I loved how this took a friends to lovers approach and that within the time of Bryce and Hunt becoming friends and developing feelings for one another there was a whole lot of healing going on too. I am praying to all the gods that they are endgame and will legitimately riot if they are not.
What I Didn’t Like
🙃 I am confusion. This book just started name dropping people and places left and right like it was nothing. SJM honey, please let me catch up I’m trying to figure out who is who, what planet we’re on, and what in the hell CBD stands for. Eventually I got it but it’s just one of those cases where you have to just power through and hope for the best that it will all make sense.
😴 Too long. It’s a good thing that I enjoy SJM’s writing because man, was this long. I tried not to let it bother me that much but the fact that you have to sit through just about 500 pages before any “big” revelations start to pop up was rather annoying. For readers who don’t like her writing this could definitely be the thing that makes or breaks you. Looking back on it I just feel like so much of the first 500 pages could have been condensed and it pretty much would have read the same way.
☠️ My favorite character died. I don’t think I really need to say anymore than that. But I am DEVASTATED and honestly ready to sue.
♻️ Not the most original. I told myself going into this that I was specifically not going to compare this to the ACOTAR and TOG series. Since it’s a brand new series I wanted to give it my undivided attention and not look for similarities, but it was SO HARD. A lot of this felt like Sarah took the best parts of ACOTAR and TOG, mashed them together, changed the time period/setting to a more futuristic one, and added more paranormal creatures. And while I loved this world she created it always felt like this was something I had read before. I mean, there were even similar phrases used in this with just a few words changed from her other books.
And there you have it friends, my complete list of thoughts on House of Earth and Blood. I am definitely excited to continue this series and despite the 3.5 rating I still really did enjoy this. I’m not stressing too much over this not being my favorite SJM book because her sequels are usually the BOMB and you best believe I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment for these characters!
tw: alcohol and drug use, gore, murder, mention of suicide attempt
Until next time,