Book Review

-| My First Ever Sarah J. Maas Book… House of Earth and Blood |-

Ok so i’m pretty nervous to post this review as I need help, I’ve fallen head over heels and I can’t stop thinking or talking about this book!!
There’s a chance this could be a long review as I may just keep waffling about how it made me feel but I will try to make it coherent.

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.

Ok I gave into the hype! I saw this on my library app and placed a hold so fast, I wanted to read it but I didn’t think I would enjoy it enough to pay for it (safe to say I’m now waiting for my physical copy to arrive!)

Bare with me guys as this is the first Fae book I’ve ever read, are they all like this? Because if so then I have seriously been missing out! By no means is this perfect but my enjoyment level pushed this book to become one of my favourites.
This was exactly what I didn’t know that I needed right now!

I’m so glad that I didn’t read the synopsis as the event that happens within the first 10% completely broke my heart, straight away I knew that Maas wasn’t pulling any punches here, shit was going down and I needed to be ready for it!

Let’s talk characters, as you may know I’m normally a very plot heavy reader however here I didn’t mind that we had so much focus and development with the characters, in fact I loved it, they wormed their way into my dark heart. Bryce to begin with annoyed the tits off me! She was portrayed as just a dumb party girl, however her development was evident by the end of the book. As for Hunt Athalar, now I know how people can become too attached to characters! All jokes aside, I loved the banter between the two of them and how they started to learn from each other. We have such an array of interesting and complex characters that I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel about them all.

I wasn’t completely sold on the use of modern technology at the beginning as that’s not something usually seen in fantasy however I felt like it fit in with the world that Maas created.
Now, let’s be honest did it really need to be 816 pages? We could have got rid of 200+ pages and it wouldn’t have affected the plot however I did appreciate the time spent with my new love (yes I am talking about Hunt, he’s just everything).

There’s a lot of stigma around Sarah J. Maas’ books, this was one of the main things that made me nervous about picking House of Earth and Blood up, however I cannot fault her ability to write characters that I became fully invested in. I finished this book 4 days ago and I’m already thinking about when it would be acceptable to reread it with my physical copy and tabs! (Yes I have spent most of my time looking through fan art)

Guys I’ve fallen deep and there was no way I could rate this anything less than 5 stars purely from how this book has made me feel.

Have you read this book yet?
Should I go back and start Throne of Glass as I bought the first three books second hand?
See you guys in the next one…

19 thoughts on “-| My First Ever Sarah J. Maas Book… House of Earth and Blood |-”

  1. I’m thrilled to hear that you ended up loving this book. I don’t read fantasy novels ever, so this was the first one I picked up and tried to read.

    The reason I put this down was because the hierarchy became so complex and confusing. I literally could not grasp it. I felt like each time it was mentioned, Maas kept presenting it nonchalantly and out of order as if we should eventually catch on or just know already; but I felt completely lost. I tried working through that, as I also loved the character development, but ended up setting it down.

    After reading your review I am hopeful that I’ll be able to pick it up again later and enjoy it, but did you face any issues with this as well? Did it get easier or become clear later on? Is it even important!? (I imagine it is!)

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    1. I completely understand your feelings towards it, I did struggle with the hierarchy, however there was a summit where it did become a little clearer and less distracting.

      I hope that you do pick it back up again one day and enjoy it 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the heads up… If it becomes clearer, I think I can manage to get through it. Haha. I left off right before the summit so I’ll just have to be more patient.

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  2. Great review and I’m glad you enjoyed your first SJM book. I’ve read and reread all of hers, so I knew what I was getting into but it’s nice to see someone new to her writing enjoy it just like I did 😊😊😊
    And her characters are always so memorable 😍😍

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  3. I’m glad you liked the book! I haven’t read this one but it is one of the Sarah J Maas books I am more interested in. I did start the ACOTAR series several years ago but never got the urge to continue to the second book.

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  4. I absolutely LOVED this book! It’s one of my favorites of the year. I’ve been a long time SJM fan, but I can say that I have seen a lot that didn’t enjoy ToG or ACOTAR, but still love this one. So, I couldn’t say how you will like ToG, but I hope you love it!

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  5. I haven’t read Crescent City yet, but I have read all of her other books. If you start with Throne of Glass, just know that there’s a spoiler for ACOTAR in the very last book (Kingdom of Ash), but if you’re not looking for it or don’t know the characters it might just be a *blink and you miss it* type event. As much as I love her books, I do also have issues with some of the ways she treats some of her characters (I’m very protective of one in particular).
    If what’s holding you back is that they are ‘YA’, trust me, they should never have been put in YA to begin with. There’s more sex in these than in Nevernight!!

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