Review: House of Blood and Earth

 

“Light it up, bitch.”

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: Physical copy


Synopsis

44778083Bound 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.


The Verdict

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,

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14 thoughts on “Review: House of Blood and Earth

  1. I loved this one so much!! I devoured it in one day 😅 (of doing absolutely nothing but reading this book, of course. Because she’s chunky!) Kudos to you for writing this review – I have no idea how I’m going to write mine. I’ve sat down to write it many times but… head empty. Going through other GR reviews is just demoralizing! I’m glad you liked this one 🙂

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    1. One day?! Please pass me some of that motivation to read haha. I knew I needed to sit down and get my review out right away otherwise it was never going to happen…it’s probably the first time in my life I didn’t procrastinate 😂

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    1. ACOMAF is probably my favorite book from her and I think it’s going to be VERY hard to ever change that. For me ACOTAR & TOG kind of have their own distinct feels where as this kind of felt more of a mash up of the best parts of both series. So, I’m going to say that as of right now I like the other two series more…but that could definitely change when the sequel to this one comes out. I think she does much better job with sequels so we’ll see!

      Happy reading! ☺️

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  2. I love your review and agree 100% on the cursing – I was low key LIVING for it. 😂😂😂 Honestly, I don’t mind cursing in fiction because I think it gives the world a most realistic feel. And amazing tension. I mean, never underestimate the power of an F-bomb! 😉

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  3. Oh my gosh, my library just got this in yesterday, and I immediately grabbed it, so your review was just in time! This will be my first SJM book, and it seemed like a good place to start. I’m already in love with Bryce, just from your description of her. I can’t wait to meet her! My favorite character always ends up dying in anything I read/watch, so I’m more than used to that by now. xD Since i haven’t read her other books, I think maybe I won’t struggle with the originality as much. I can’t wait to pick this up now!

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    1. Yay!! I’m so excited for you to read this and I hope you love it. Definitely let me know what you think once you finish it! Happy reading 😉

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