Book Reviews

#BookReview House of Earth and Blood By Sarah J. Maas

Thank You very much to the publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN13: 978-1526622884
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Release date: 03 03 2020
Price*: Kindle £5.03 (GBP)/  Paperback £6.99 (GBP)
Kindle $9.99 (USD)/ Paperback $15.75 (USD)
Pages: ~ 912
My rating: Very close to awesome.
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What I learned from this book: That when you are living your peaceful life, someone will definitely come and mess it up for you.

Description of the book: Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.

Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.

As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …

How this book made me feel: I heard a lot about Sarah J. Maas and her books, the social media is filled with them. I haven’t read any of her books yet, but when I saw the hard back’s cover of this book I fell in love instantly. So it is quite disappointing to see this simple cover on the paperback copy of this book. Also, this book is chunkyyyy, 😀 that is why I was very happy to be a part of Tandem Collective UK read along on Instagram. I don’t think I would have read it otherwise. 😦 And this book was a true joy to read.

The protagonist in this novel is Bryce, she is half-Fae and half-human, that is classed as a half breed among other creatures and thought to be worthless. However, she has extremely powerful friends and she is always with the cool crowd. At the beginning of the book, my favourite character would be Danika, Bryce’s best friend. She is just super cool, kind and funny. I think Bryce was very self-destructive at the beginning of the book, but after a major event in her life, Bryce got a grip and grew up very fast. That is when I started liking her. Bryce is independent, stunning, fierce, stubborn, sarcastic but at the same time caring, loving and funny. Another character that I loved was Hunt, the fallen angel, that is forced to serve the governor as his personal assassin. He is an angel of death, but at the same time, I loved to get to know him, his personality suits this book perfectly. There are many, many characters in this novel, and they all are complex, intriguing and unique. Sometimes I did get lost with who is who, and I would have liked a little character index at the beginning alongside the map.

The narrative was told from multiple perspectives and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I was able to know more about different characters and their thoughts and feelings. The beginning of the book was very information-packed, and it takes time to get into this book, but there comes the twists, the action, the romance and sexual tension and the chapters just fly by. There are a lot of topics discussed in this novel, such as drugs and alcoholism, social casts, bullying, mother-daughter relationship issues, grief, friendships, loneliness, slavery, obsessive behaviour, rebellious nature and more. The plot is filled with details, stories from the past, mixed with present events that make sense, and the story flows very smoothly.

For some reason, I was thinking that this is going to be fantasy YA, but this book is a strange mix between fantasy and reality. The whole world is magical but the lives of the characters are very normal and regular. They work, eat, sleep, their flats seems like any other flat, they drink and use drugs and party. It is a strange but welcome setting. 🙂 I have to be honest, I personally don’t like swearing or normalising drug/alcohol use in the books, I read to escape, and there is enough of that in the world already. 😦 The chapters in this book have medium length and they did not leave me bored. The setting of the book constantly changes, depending on the character or their location. I really liked the ending of the book, I think it rounded the story very nicely, but seeing that it is the first book in the series, I am curious to see what is going to happen in book two.

So, to conclude, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, even though it is a very chunky one. 😀 It has an amazingly well-designed world as well as very absorbing and intriguing characters that I learned to love and appreciate. The plot was full of surprises, sexual tensions and personal growth that I loved. I recommend it to anyone who would like to try adult fantasy, filled with mystery and magic. It was different from what I previously read, and I can’t wait for the second book. 🙂 So do give it a go, and I hope you will like it as much as I did.

Thank You for Your time! ❤

About the author: Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold more than nine million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and dog.

Website: sarahjmaas.com / Facebook : @theworldofsarahjmaas / Instagram: @therealsjmaas

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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