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Book Review: ‘Crescent City, House of Blood and Earth’ by Sarah J Mass.

Title: Crescent City

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Length: 799 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Synopsis: Bryce Quinlan used to light up Crescent City, partying all night in the clubs where the strict classes of angels, shifter, human and Fae merge into a sea of beautiful bodies. And then a demon murdered her closest friends. Two years later, when the supposed killer is behind bars but the crimes start up again, the city’s leaders command Bryce to help investigate. They assign an enslaved fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, to make sure she does. But as Bryce fights to uncover the truth – and resist her attraction to the brooding angel who shadows her every step – she finds herself following a trail that leads deep into her own dark past.

This is one of the few books that I’ve read this year that I’ve actually bought (the rest have been arcs) but as soon as it showed up in my postbox I knew I had to start it right away.

Now I will say it took me a while to get into it. There was a lot of world building in this book, which I know is what we normally want, but this was extreme. I felt at times we would find out what Bryces next door neighbour had for dinner (of course I joke) It definitely needed the world building, but it definitely made it a little dense at times. I mean it was nearly 800 pages! That’s long.

However once I was into I got into the story a bit more, I really started to enjoy it. It was a good story, and it was full of twists and turns (I mean, it’s Sara J Mass, what did I expect?) and I didn’t see any of them coming. At one point it left the story on such a cliffhanger, you know the one I’m talking about, with Hunt. Yes THAT bit. It’s was literally all I could think about when I was at work.

It’s full of great characters. Bryce was a fantastic main character to follow. She had some real depth and Maas dealt with her grief beautifully. Of course, she was kick-arse. Did we really expect anything else? There was Danika and Connor who I definitely wanted to get to know more but were gone to soon. RIP. I liked Hunt, the trouble is we know the arc of his character. He starts of horrible but is actually kinda nice, so he was a bit predictable but towards the end I definitely liked him.

The romance. We all knew it was coming didn’t we? What I will say about it is that it was a slow burn. A good slow burn. Sarah J. Mass writes a damn good slow burn romance and I’m here for it. And i thought it was realistic, especially for enemies to lovers. They had fantastic chemistry. Can we talk about the sexual chemistry was out of this world. Some of those scenes toward the end! I’m looking forward to this being explored more.

I would recommend this. Of course I would, it was a fantastic urban fantasy and I’m looking forward to the next one. I’m excited for the characters to be explored more. The romance, the story and the world. I’ll definitely be preordering it.

It’s out now.

Until the next review

JTH

4 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Crescent City, House of Blood and Earth’ by Sarah J Mass.”

  1. I’ve been dying to read this book! It sound phenomenal and SJM has never let me down (well except ACOTAR but after the first book the series became phenomenal) I’ve heard great things about this book and I’m really waiting to meet Bryce and Hunt

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