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House of Earth and Blood

(Crescent City #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  171,594 ratings  ·  24,374 reviews
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 th
Hardcover, 803 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Maryam Rz.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Excuse me while I borrow a phrase from Fynn to convey my very sophisticated language while reading this monster of a book: what the fucking fuck.

Memento Mori.
Remember that you will die.

Reading HoEaB is like listening to rock (maybe goth, punk, or alternative) mixed with trap: slightly jarring and odd with a hard edge, dark vibe, and pacing that goes from low to explosions and thunder. Which is something I love but you might not. No, this was not perfect. And yes, it fell shorter than the rev
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ by: Amanda ☕

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Gather around, my friends, and pull up several seats. I give you my worst book of 2020. My god.

My first introduction to Sarah J. Maas's work was through THRONE OF GLASS, which sounded kind of like POISON STUDY when I heard the premise: a disgraced assassin fighting for the saving of a kingdom? YAS. But POISON STUDY was a much better book. "But no," said the Stans. "You have to read the entire series. It gets better." Well, I read all sev
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars baby. I promise there will be no spoilers in this review, I’m not a monster. Warning: this review is long.
Let’s begin with what kept me going throughout this entire book: my stupid tallies.

My Stupid Tallies:
Characters snarling: 108. This physically hurt me tbh.
Characters being described with golden/tan skin: 22. The woke queen is back ladies and gentlemales, with another racially ambiguous cast that lets her imagine them as white but defend herself if people ever say she has n
alana ♡
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
"Light it up, bitch."

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 whe
4.75/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

“Let someone in, give them the power to hurt you, and they’d do exactly that, in the end.”

When I saw 800+ pages I got a bit scared.
Okay, a bit more.
But then...
It’s been amazing.

At this point in life, I don’t even want to question anymore this woman’s books.


The world-building, as usual, is fabulous. I really love the fact that this world
Miranda Reads
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

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The Written Review

"See, that right there is the problem. You and the whole rest of the world seem to think I exist just to find someone like him."
Bryce Quinlan lives in a world full of fae, werewolves, angels and demons...and in a world full of high-rise apartments, internet and cell phones.
"The forcast didn't call for rain." She scowled at the s
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $3.99 Kindle US 12/23/20

4.5 Stars ⭐️

I have an effing headache! I flew through this book like a psycho! I skimmed a lot of stuff I didn’t give two shits about.

And to be honest, while I do like the main characters, there were other characters that I loved more and I got invested in them and wanting to know more about them, got all excited. BUT, the hell was I thinking, this was like ALL the books you never invest in a character or characters. They are dust in the wind....

Now I’m just stil
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4.5 Stars

I know it's not "cool" to like SJM books anymore...all the cool kids say she's tired, she doesn't have enough "rep" in her books, she's too trope-y, her males are too "masculine," angels and fae have been done too many times before, blah, blah, fucking blah...

I'm not here to rate the literary elements here, people.
I'm not here to ferret out any imagined or un-imagined social warrior stances in a barely adult Urban Fantasy book meant for entertainment.


And this was scrumptious.

Was the b
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Series Predictions:

• badass heroine. she's so special, so beautiful
• everyone is in love with her
• love interest #1 introduced
• but wait
• FAE (oh sorry, it's sidhe now i guess)
• love interest #2 introduced; gross alpha male (totally fae sidhe)
• something about a mate bond
• shows abusive tendencies towards MC but that's okay because he has a ~troubled~ past and all transgressions are forgiven
• as a matter of fact, those abusive actions are portrayed as swoon-worthy and #relationshipgoals
• ori
Emily May
Mar 04, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
Okay, I just need to stop. Stop it, Emily. At this point I can't say anything negative about Maas because it is 100% my own fault for continuing to pick up her books, hoping for... for what? That she will suddenly give me back the fun frivolities of the first two Throne of Glass books? Clearly, I am deluded if that is the case.

I'm actually going to return this book. It turned up yesterday; a $20 preorder I have no memory of making. Was I drunk? Hormonal? Sleep-deprived? Who knows? Could have bee
chan ☆
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
bold and brash but will i wanna throw it in the trash

after reading, whispers: trash


since when do i write reviews anymore... if you want a 25 minute spoiler filled vlog of messiness, i can provide here
chai ♡
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
I’ve been silent for too long and can no longer bear to keep this inside:

Since this is Adult, I'm begging SJM to stop using weirdly elaborate euphemisms to describe a man's genitalia and just say "cock". Please. I can't take another "velvet wrapped steel". I'm not strong enough. Also, please don't refer to people as male and female. What is this? Animal Planet?
Mar 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
me on an everyday basis: I’m so over angels and demons tbh
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm bald. ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
SJM: faerie-folk! winged warriors! a vibrant city! a world on the brink of war! heart-pounding romance!
everybody: ACOTAR!
SJM: wut?
everybody: wut?
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
this is the best book i will read in 2020 2021.

so let it be written, so let it be done.

Sarah J Maas really does own my ass!
I was anticipating this book like no tomorrow and whilst it wasn't perfect for me, I fell in love with the story regardless.
I'm not going to go into too much detail. Just discover the book for yourself, darn it!
BUT I loved the world-building. There was so much to it, so rich and full and whilst for others it felt info-dumpy, this was one of my favourite aspects. I can see it getting confusing, but I relished in the way the world was introduced and the way sh
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was good, but I didn't love it by any means. It took soooooo long to get going, which I knew going in. Everyone talks about how the beginning is a lot of world building and is super boring but it's worth it in the end! Well, I don't think it was entirely worth it. Maybe it's because I have a pet peeve about books or series that you have to wait until a certain point for it to get good because I don't want to waste my time. Especially in this case I'm extra bitter because this book is 800 fr ...more
am i rereading this 1k page book with maëlys so i can write a "good" character limit review because i didn't in march and now it has been too long? yes

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How most authors approach writing an adult book: “I’m going to delve in to some dark, gritty topics. Readers will truly feel the pain of the characters struggling to cope with the world around them.”

How SJM approached writing an adult book:

I’m finally ready to write this damn review. Please note that I AM actually a big SJM fan, whic
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
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“Through love, all is possible.”

To be honest I don’t even know where to start with this review. This book was great in so many different ways that I’m having a really tough time to sort my thoughts and feelings. What I can definitely tell you is that this book is one of the slower ones. It has 803 pages and up to page 500 every single one of them is used to build up the plot and to introduce all the characters. I know a lot of other people who reviewed “House of Earth and B
Era ➶
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the fucking stars in the universe. ALL OF THEM.

First off, let me start by saying no review, no matter how eloquent or long or detailed, will ever completely let me convey my feelings about this book. Ever. Because I HAD FEELINGS and they wrecked me completely.

If you don't know me, that means that this is going to be really, really long. With way too much fangirling and incoherent raving.

I have heard a lot of complaints about the first half of this book being slow. Not to me. I read intensel
May 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Stop judging readers for reading SJM books (Because she is problematic) while you nearly worship J.K. Rowling and make her fortune grow to billions!

(My problem is not with the fact that some find SJM books problematic but with the fact that they judge other readers and attack us for enjoying them!!)
Chelsea Humphrey
Instead of pushing ahead, I decided to just read the spoiler synopsis, and I think I made the right choice. I won't be rating this one, but it's safe to say this series just isn't for me. While I'll be continuing on with the ACOTAR series if she decides to finally keep going (honestly why didn't we get Cassian and Nesta's story before THIS??), but this is where I part ways with Crescent City. ...more
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books, i-own
The last 200 pages of this book.....


Say what you want about SJM, but there's a reason why her books (fucking FIFTEEN+ books) are still super popular and profiting.

My head needs to pull my brain together after all that.
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I came here to be entertained. Instead, I cried. Ha ha. Ten points to Gryffindor.

The funniest thing about House of Earth and Blood is reading reviews from people who were angry about the males and females and barking bones and growling and purring and people with wings. This is a Sarah J. Maas book. What did you expect? Mooing bones? GASP.

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This book is very long and the beginning dragged. There was quite a bit of infodumping and a lack of contextual clues that made some of it confusing. However
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was good!!!!!!!!!!
And I'm angry about it?

Get ready for a mostly rambling rant/rave review of how this book got 5 stars from me.

But first, a warning: I don't usually curse in my reviews, but this one might get a little more colorful than usual. In honor of Bryce and the fact that unlike SJM's previous characters, she can freely curse.
Also, don't worry, this has no spoilers. At least, I don't think it does. But then again, maybe? Like, low-key, but then again a lot of these thin
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've mulled this over for a few days and decided to settle on a 4 star rating. This book is nowhere near perfect, but it sure was A LOT of fun and I'll definitely carry on with the series when the next book comes out IN A YEAR AND A HALF. I forgot how long the wait can be in between fantasy books and I HATE IT HERE

Also: (view spoiler)
The Burning Rose (Jess)
Sep 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-be-released
Update: Sarah sold signed copies, but the shipping cost a fortune so all I have left to do now is wait and buy the regular copy. God, please make it March already.

Fuck my life, This is the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen 😍
Cardan Greenbriar
seriously, why is the average rating stuck to 4.54 ?? several days ago i saw 4.54 and it's still the same???
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas ...more

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