Book Review. A House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. 2.5 Stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Let me start off by saying that I am a huge SJM fan. Loved her ToG and ACoTaR series. But this sisn’t quite live up to those books for me. Let me explain why.

Let’s start off with what I did like… 

  • The characters’ relationships were fun to read. Their assumptions of what the other was doing were funny when they worked it out, and their gradually growing feelings felt realistic.
  • I like multiple POVs in this book. In books like this with massive world-building I think you need multiple POVs even if it’s just two.
  • The male MC, Hunt, was my favourite character since he was the only realistic POV character in my opinion. 
  • I enjoyed the romance. The enemies to lover trope can sometimes feel unnatural and forced. But this felt like each character had valid reasons to put up with one another.
  • The plot was constantly present and had my curious in every chapter. I did get a little lost a few times because it was quite complex. But when the time came for it to come together, it made sense with the right thoughts from the MC.
Bryce and Hunt | Crescent city, Sarah j maas, Crescent
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What I didn’t like…

  • I think some of the inner thoughts were overdone at times, and the world history… OMG snooze. I love world building, but I don’t need all the history when it’s not even relevant, then again when it is, and again later when it’s not relevant again.
  • The love scene (sort of love scene) was way too technical for my liking. I love a good sex scene, but I don’t need a play-by-play of every movement like some “how to” guide. 
  • I didn’t like the random POV at the beginning and towards the end. They lost their meaning as POVs since they were too short and distracting in their respective moments. We got a single scene from Isaiah at the beginning when it could just as easily have been Hunt.
  • The protagonist, Bryce, was too “perfect” for my liking and too much of a brat to sympathise with. Her only real flaw was her negative opinion on men, which I suppose was mostly founded considering every male was portrayed as a jerk. Which leads me to…
  • I wasn’t a fan of every male character being a jerk. The possessive and aggressive comments got boring and repetitive along with every guy eyeing her up and down. Which leads to…
  • Her disdain over men eying her all the time.
  • Her sense of feminism was incredibly confusing. She didn’t like men ogling her just because she wore heels and a skimpy dress. Fine. That makes perfect sense. But she wears the outfits on purpose to impress clients, so again, I found myself unsympathetic to her. 
  • I found it annoying that the two dominant POV characters kept secrets from the reader. Another ToG book 2 revelation kind of deal. Tsk, tsk, Sarah.
  • All it lacked was the kitchen sink of magical creatures from vamps, shifters, witches, sprites, faes, angels, demons and even merpeople. I thought my brain was going to explode. I’m all for multiple beings and magical abilities, but the sheer number of magical folk was mind-boggling.

Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed considering this is a bestseller and has high ratings. But hey, I got through it, so it wasn’t all bad.

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