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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Sarah J. Maas (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Crescent City (1)

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"Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion-otherwise known as Crescent City-has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city-and Bryce's world. Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city's most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step. Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there's far more to Bryce than meets the eye-and that he's going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case. As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir.."--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City)
Kirjailijat:Sarah J. Maas (Tekijä)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing (2020), 816 pages
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House of Earth and Blood (tekijä: Sarah J. Maas)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 33) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
CW: alcohol and drug use, violence and gore, talk of past suicide attempt

For a while there, I thought I might not read this book despite loving all of SJM’s books and Throne of Glass being my all time favorite series ever. I know all the criticisms about her books and I agree with most of them too, so I guess I was just uncertain for a bit if I wanted to spend so much time on a new series which might have the same issues and is also such a huge intimidating one on top of it. But ultimately I couldn’t resist and it was a binge read without a night’s sleep just like I’ve done so many times before for her books.

No one can convince me that she doesn’t write an entertaining story because she really does and I get so invested that I don’t wanna put it down at all, and it’s what happened here. Once the initial hook got me in at about 9%, I spent the next 14-16 hours just binging the book except for small breaks for food and essentials. It’s not exactly fast paced but it’s quite engaging and holds your interest very well and is pretty entertaining with the right dosage of humor, angst, mystery and action. That’s not to say the book was amazing from beginning to end.

There is a lot of info dumping at the beginning and it confused me so much, because no way was I going to remember all the different houses and creatures and history of them all. Thankfully, it evens out a bit after the first 10% and the world building becomes more relevant to what’s happening to the characters making it easier to follow along. The book is also huge, so understandably the middle portion slows down a bit where we feel the action is lacking, but I never got bored and I think it just gave me more more time to get invested in the characters. But one thing I can’t deny is how vast the author’s imagination is because this book has so much - a wide variety of creatures and their dynamics, war, rebellion and oppression, a serial murder mystery at its heart and its investigation - it covers a lot of ground and I was amazed at the scope of it all. And I guess many of us fans were anticipating what an adult SJM book would be like, and while there’s a lot of swearing, I promise you it doesn’t have all the smut that everyone expects it to. And the last thing which unfortunately I can’t not mention is the usage of the word “male” over and over again still grates me and I really hope the author rethinks that. Thankfully “mate” isn’t that repetitive this time around ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
The book was very good, though slow in some places. I had to stop reading and gather my strength to continue. Not because it was a difficult read, or because the story wasn't good. The breaks in between "parts" of the story were placed well, but not in a way that made me want to open the book back up. They were always, seemingly, at a bad place for the main character. I reopened the book with hope that the emotional hardship would not continue in the next "part".

Maas' writing formula for this book/series, is somewhat similar to that of ACOTAR. ACOTAR is a favorite of mine, so I cannot say i dislike this formula, more that it was very familiar. ( )
  chelsea.carmanmoore | Jul 26, 2021 |
Well, this is my first DNF in awhile. I did make it to 25%. Which for this book is 200 pages in. I've just put too much into this book for it to still be this hard to read. I'm just struggling with it. So I'm going to pass, cause I just can't force another 600 pages of this on myself.
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Phew… 816 pages, 10 days and I feel like I aged 10 years because this was such a tiresome read.

We find ourselves in the most fanciful and easiest fantasy world to write: A (probably) dystopian future on planet Midgard (yes… the subtlety is killing me...) in which humans are in a constant state of rebellion against their angel/fae/werewolf/ overlords who enslaved and/or killed their leaders.

Fortunately, not only does this Midgard feature powerful magic, supernatural beings and great weapons of mass destruction (brimstone missiles!), no, it also features modern technology like smartphones and email...

Bryce Quinlan is a “half-breed” between human and fae and, of course, supernaturally beautiful, tall, sexy and almost suicidally depressed about the murder of her more-than-a-friend-but-not-quite-a-lover-even-though-their-love-is-eternal werewolf companion and the latter’s entire pack.

Along comes the “dark and brooding” kind of male angel (yes… an angel… of death to boot…), Hunt Athalar, enslaved to the afore-mentioned overlords for being the rebellion’s leading general and the deceased rebellion leader’s lover.

Both having lost their respective lover/love interest/ they initially loathe each other to fall all the harder later on. To be honest, this romance aspect in a “GoodReads Choice Award” for fantasy was a minor reason for me to read this.

Do not fall into the same trap, though: Most of the time, the tension between both is luke-warm at best due to their insecurities, the level of which surpasses that of a 14-year old. Whenever they’re really “hot and bothered” (yes, actually spelt out like that because we’re all morons...) and are about to rip into each other, their phone rings and… interruptus. It’s unbelievable.

As if all that wouldn’t yet be enough to thoroughly ruin any book, Maas tops it off: Maas seems to be primarily a young-adult author. She tries hard (and completely unsuccessfully) to make this an “adult book” - but she lacks the means and resorts to liberally sprinkling a “fuck” into pretty much every sentence.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t care less about expletives in general if used “normally” - most of us swear from time to time. Here, though, we’re exposed to so many that it’s just annoying:

»Ruhn’s blue eyes glimmered in his shadow-nest or whatever the fuck he called it.«

That would still be fine and simply make me roll my eyes (which the characters here do all the time as well…) but even Maas’ story drags on, and on, and on, and on.

There are so many false leads, minor twists, dead ends and what-not that I oftenly got confused about why someone did something and about the motives of the plethora of annoying stereotyped characters.

I don’t think any major cliché in the world is absent from this book; from the ambitious mother who’s envious of her daughter’s success, that daughter being a “wild child” with substance-abuse issues, to Bryce’s daddy issues and both hers and Hunt’s survivor’s guilt. The adorable sidekick who makes a valiant sacrifice - it never stops until the very end of the book.

The last 200 pages at least pick up the pace but it’s all way too late, too cheesy and cliched to redeem this book.

While I do understand that many adoring young girls probably voted a billion times for this turd to become a winner, there’s no reason whatsoever an adult with a working brain should expose themselves to this kind of drivel.

One star out of five - and I’d like all those wasted hours back, please!



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  philantrop | Jun 29, 2021 |
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2.wordpress.com/2020/12/24/my-august-in-book...

I'm finally writing a review!!!!
I have drafted this one in my head so many times in the past couple of days, that I really hope I'll do this book justice, and write everything I wanted to!!I LOVED IT SO MUCH I CRIED THREE TIMES!!!
And there was so much to love....this book was pretty long, but I don't think the story could have been otherwise complete, or been told this completely without that length, and I just loved it. Now, into spoiler territory, HOW COULD YOU KILL LEHABAH SARAH J. MAAS?!?!?!?!?!?!? HOW DARE YOU!??!?!?!? I cried so much when she died, and I thought maybe this was the only scene that would make me cry in this entire book, I was so hopeful that the book would go on nicely after that, but I was so wrong??!?!!! HOW COULD YOU!??!?!
That scene when she said her goodbyes was so heartbreaking, I can't *starts crying again* .....And when we found out Bryce was Starborn?!?!?! That was such a goosebump inducing scene, that I was sure nothing better could ever happen in the book after that.
And Danika?!?!??! And Connor!??!?!?!? And the rest of the pack!?!??!?!?!?*starts sobbing loudly* WHY!??!?!?!? I really liked her when she was alive, and I liked her even more after she died because their friendship was just so amazing?!!?!? And Bryce gave her place to Danika?!??!?! And they were just such good friends?!?!?!

I really loved the characters, especially Bryce and Hunt, they were so cute!! Especially because they had that snarky banter? I really loved their dynamic, their kinda hate-to-love progression, and just overall cuteness!! I had the overall feeling from this book that Hunt was going to be the love interest throughout the series, and I'm really hoping that hope will be fulfilled. That scene when Hunt was buying the Synth was just so unexpected, and I really didn't like it, but then it tied in so well with the rest of the story, that I forgave SJM. And then they cut off his wings!?!?!?!?!? That was just heartbreaking. The ending was written really nicely, and I felt this might be a standalone, but we all know what happened in the epilogue ;) I don't think i could ever write a review that does this book justice, what with the so many things that were amazing about this book. I really want to reread this one day, but I'll wait a few moths to make sure I really enjoy it! I really, really loved the book, and I can't wait to read the next one!! One of my favourite lines in the book:
Through love all is possible.









Later:
wait, what? This book was published ONLY THIS YEAR!??!?!?! How am I supposed to survive till the next book?!?!?!! ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
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"Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion-otherwise known as Crescent City-has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city-and Bryce's world. Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city's most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step. Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there's far more to Bryce than meets the eye-and that he's going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case. As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir.."--

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