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House of the Rising Sun

(Crescent City #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,477 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine
Paperback, 403 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Orbit
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Douglas Meeks
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yet another book I was on the fence about it being a 4 or 5 star effort, the story here is addicting and pulls you in with each page but the heroine is SO unlikeable for about half the book it interferes with my ability to really enjoy the book as much as I think I could have but then again, it does show growth which is one of those things that I complain about in other reviews where the heroine nevers seems to learn anything.

I guess that comes off like a rant but I loved the book, Augustine is
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

A couple of recent experiences have made me extremely wary of spin-offs, so it was probably a good thing I didn’t know House of the Rising Sun was one until I was already well into it. I’ve never read Kristen Painter before this, and I’d definitely wanted to give this series a fair shot. So perhaps it’s to her credit that I didn’t even know this was a spin-off novel until I read the author interview at the back of the bo
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I was super excited when I first discovered this novel because I’ve been meaning to give Kristen Painter’s writing a try, and although I’ve heard great things about her HOUSE OF COMARRE series, I have a more difficult time playing catch-up than I do jumping on the bandwagon at book 1. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN has a lot going for it including captivating characters, detailed world-building, and a strong plot. Overall, I thought it was a good first installment, and a great i
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: uf


I'm trying to justify the two stars, and all I can think of is that it's not as horrific as some of the one star books I've read. Just tedious and boring.

And lazy.

Lazy world building.

"Ahh, I need to figure out where to set my new series. How about NOLA. NOLA is built-in cool. And let's throw in some fae. Fae are sexy. I'll give em random special powers. I dub you a fire elf. And you are a fortune telling elf. And you can be a computer elf." (not e
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

Close to 30% through, I was about to give up and just stop reading… it just wasn’t holding my attention, and worst, I was hating the lead female character, but I’ll get back to that in a bit. Let’s just say, I’m glad I didn’t give up on this one, cause then the story did picked up it’s pace and I was then enthralled by the story.

The year: 2068… The setting: New Orleans or known to the vampires as La Ville Éternelle Nuit (City of Eternal Night.)

When a fae had her heart broken by her lo
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at The Book Nympho

Well-Written AlphaMale

First Thought
Kristen Painter continues to weave a complex world and characters. She is a master at world building and a great example of what Urban Fantasy is all about.

What I liked
I liked that Painter gave us more Fae with the House of the Rising Sun. Her other series is more about vampires so it’s nice to learn more about other supes. And what better city to have as a back-drop than NOLA?

Augustine is a great cha
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars. Wow.
Those of us who are familiar with Kristen Painter House of Comarré series knew to expect great things from her new urban fantasy adventure. However, I don’t think any of us expected this level of improvement over her previous work. As good as House of Comarre was, the Crescent City series is urban fantasy at its best, a shining star that promises to be even brighter in future installments. The two series are even vaguely linked, but rest assured, once can be fully enjoyed and unde
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Olga by: Barb
To put it nicely, I'm

I really wanted to like this book because a friend recommended it. It started okay and then lost me. I just never got invested in the characters or cared what happened to them, and I honestly wanted to. Augustine and Harlow aren't terribly likable and Harlow behaves like a disrespectful, immature, spoiled brat throughout the entire book. The constant whining about her father drove me mad more than once. I wanted to see some growth at the end, some incentive to keep going wi
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Great book! The world building was stellar, the characters instantly likable, there was plenty of conflict on each page, the book started with a bang and instantly kept my interest, and even though it was the first of a 'new' series, there wasn't that dreaded data dump that makes you want to scream "get on with it already". It did have a graceful build, but from about 48% on it was constant action
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
**I received this book for free from the AUTHOR in exchange for an honest review, and will also be participating in the House of the Rising Sun Book Blitz on 05/13/2014. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

House of the Rising Sun, the first book in the Crescent City series, could actually be considered a spin off from Painter's House of Comarré series since Augustine was a secondary character that appeared and he
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was a beta-reader on this book. It's great! Already dying to get next book in series and this one hasn't even been published yet! Be looking for it!
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
PJV Quickie: I have not had the chance to read Kristen Painter before HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. I was told I must though, so I gave in (such a chore!) and was not disappointed. Painter packed a punch with her great world building and her intense plot. The world was rich, the characters were very three dimensional and she created a setting that was believable. I can’t wait to read on in the series. There were some discrepancies in plot threads and the heroine was not so likeable, but the book was ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was my first Kristin Painter book. I'd read so many great reviews about her House of Comarre series so I was excited to get the first book in this series from Netgalley (in exchange for my honest review).

The blurb only talks about Augustine, but Harlow, Olivia's estranged daughter appears to have a co-starring role in the series. Harlow is part fae, part human and supposedly for her safety, her mother put Olivia in a boarding school and refuses to tell Harlow about her father and the relati
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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I read and enjoyed Kristen Painter's Comarré series, but I think House of the Rising Sun might have topped them all. There was just something about this book that worked a little bit better for me and I loved the characters.

Augustine had a small role in Chrysabelle's story but House of the Rising Sun was all his. I loved learning more about him and his shadeux/smokesinger fae heritage. I absolutely adored his relationships with the other
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The House of the Rising Son is a complex story of love, turmoil, along with good versus bad. Augustine is a fairy, a Fae, who has had a tumultuous upbringing, but loves his City of New Orleans. Olivia Goodwin, a famous actress who is Fae, as well, is Augustine’s friend and advocate, Olivia helped save him from his self and has ultimately made Augustine the protocol son of New Orleans. Olivia’s daughter, Harlow, along with Olivia’s confidant
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
In this spin-off of her previous House of Comarre series, Painter takes us deeper into the Fae world in New Orleans and places us firmly in the corner of Augustine, a Fae we met briefly in the previous series. He was an intriguing character then, if infuriating at times, and now I adore him. The other characters, Olivia and Harlow, are also fantastically real. Olivia, in true southern lady fashion, manages to be both "proper" and yet scandalous in the same breath. Harlow, her daughter, is PAINFU ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
A fascinating new paranormal world set in the perfect place, New Orleans! While I couldn't fully connect with the protagonist Harlow (in this installment), I'm smitten with the book's hero Augustine. Looking forward to revisiting this world soon! *Full review coming soon*
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: uf, dnf

DNF at 75%.

Ok, I decided to leave this book at 75% mark, but I hated it since 15% mark. If I manage to read half of a book, I tend to stick to it to end, even if I know I wouldn't like it, so can you imagine how annoyed I was if I left it then?

I never read Painter before, but urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres and this story is set in New Orleans. Hell, the setting was my main hook.
So, our hero Augustine was ok, if rather generic lady-man character (we are in Nola, of course there has t
A. Cook
I am being generous by giving this book 3 stars. It wasn't poorly written but it took too long for the author to get to 'meat and potatoes' of the story. It took too long for the main characters to meet and then the story seemed rushed. The events of the story were too neatly wrapped up.

With that said ... I like the direction the story is taking. I also like that the author set this tale in New Orleans. Liked the male lead Augustine a lot. His character is well developed but I cannot say the sa
DNF This was so ordinary it bored me to tears. The style annoyed, the conversation was nothing much, the characters were cliched, and the initial story of romance was so predictable it was ridiculous. blah blah blah

I might give it another try, merely because Maja has given it such a good review - but at this time, I'd have to be desperate, but it's a bit of an indictment that I've ditched it in the first few chapters..
This was a decent start to a new series. However, I was a bit disappointed. Painter's Comarre series hooked me from the start, I fell in love with her characters and their world. This book didn't have that same effect on me. While parts were entertaining, it was easy to set aside. I will definitely check out the next installment, hopefully it will have more appeal.
Sadie Forsythe
Well shit. I just wrote this whole thing, was proofreading it and lost it! Let's see if I can piece my thoughts together again.

Gah, this was not good. One reviewer called it lazy and another called it facile and boring. Both are accurate descriptions of the book and describe my opinion perfectly. The author has some interesting ideas, but just drops them all in willy-nilly, with no attempt to situate them in any sort of world building.

Both "main" characters are just cardboard cutouts of PNR her
Brooke Sillaby
Round up to 3.5 stars.
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Vampires and the fae collide in this addicting and thrilling spinoff to the House of Comarre series.

Opening Sentence: “Why can’t we take the streetcar?”

The Review:

Augustine grew up being told he should deny his fae side. When he could do that no longer, his mother kicked him out. He learned to make his way on the streets in any way he could. Then, he met Olivia Goodwin, a famous fae actress, who took him in and became a second mother to him. Now
Denise Hallauer
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Review can also be found on my blog.

This was a pretty good book but I want to start this review with talk of the cover. While this holds no bearing on my actual review it is an important part of the book selecting process. Covers are the first thing a reader/buyer sees and is what gets them to pick up the book. The cover for House of the Rising Sun, while done well and is attention grabbing, is disconnected from the summary and feels like the publisher chose to slap a hot chick on the cover to
Talk Supe
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Talk Supe Review & Chat with KPainter

PLOT: HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN is a fae vs. vampire story set in New Orleans in the year 2068. The setting is still fairly familiar as New Orleans pretty much "resisted" the modern world and stayed old school for the most part. Aside from a few innovations, the world KPainter created isn't too advanced for this to be science fiction. On the side of world-building, she took her time setting up her game board and positioning her characters. My regret is I wish I
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

House of the Rising Sun is the first of Kristen Painter’s new Crescent City series and was one book I had a hard time putting down. If you’ve read her House of Comarré series, you will definitely enjoy this series…especially since Augustine is in it.

Kristen Painter does a spectacular job on the first book to the series with her intricate world-building, exciting storyline, and very lovable characters (especially Augustine, Lally, & Dulcinea). From the first
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Orbit
original title House of the Rising Sun
edition language English
series Crescent City #1
other editions (5)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansi
Ginny  Gallagher
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Kristen Painter that I have read and it won’t be my last.

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN is a spinoff of her HOUSE OF COMARRE series but I was able to jump right in and enjoy the story. I do think I would have felt more connected to the world building and some of the characters had I read the first series and even though I was able to enjoy the story I am curious about several of the characters and events referenced. For instance, I want to know more about Chrysabelle’s and Mal
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kristen Painter's House of the Rising Sun is the first book in her Crescent City series, a spinoff of her House of Comarre series. It's been awhile since I last read those books, but the best part about a spinoff series is that you don't always need to have read the first series, although it is HIGHLY recommended!

As before, Kristen uses multiple third person point of view with her characters. Although, I was happy to see that this time time, at least, there wasn't as many characters as before. S
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Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and cozy mysteries. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to intera ...more

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