Book Review – A House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5 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: 3.5 out of 5.

I really liked this story but didn’t make it to a high rating for me. It got my attention enough to keep reading each chapter.

The world was very different from SJM’s other series which felt fresh with the modern twist. There’s still fae and hot winged men, and lots of fun magic since I love that sort of thing.

The book has so many ups and downs and laughs and steamy flirting and mysteries and secrets.

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.

What I didn’t like…

  • I think some of the world’s history was overdone and unnecessary and irreivant in places. I found too much unnecessary backstory, fluff, and description bogged it down.
  • Bryce’s 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 found it hard to believe that just about every male she came into contact with was labelled an alpha hole or possessive and aggressive, especially since her adoptive dad was a decent guy along with a friend she saw as a possible match at the beginning of the story.
  • 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.

I remain in favour of this as a good story, but I would have liked to see more openness through the POV characters earlier in the story.


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