BOOK REVIEW: HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH BY SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
  • STAR RATING:  5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 805 pages
  • WHAT SERIES? The Crescent City Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? House of Earth and Blood
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Currently unknown, but I’m betting 4.
  • DATE PUBLISHED: February 15th 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Publishing
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, violence, death, slavery, torture, war

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, or the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

SYNOPSIS

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it. 

My hold at the library came in for this book on Sunday, and I couldn’t help but literally leap at the chance to read this. I had been EXTREMELY ANXIOUS picking House of Sky and Breath up, because I’d seen everyone else’s reactions to the ending of this book. I was so, so sure that something awful happened to one of the main characters, that Maas had broken her usual MO and done something horrible. While bad stuff does happen, the ending isn’t at ALL what I thought was going to happen.

Holy sh*t, guys.

That’s all I’m going to say, but if you’ve read this and are looking for someone else to scream at, PLEASE COME FIND ME ON TWITTER.

ANYWAY, I fell into House of Sky and Breath much easier than I did the first book in the series, House of Earth and Blood. I had a harder time with that one, because it wasn’t like anything by Maas I had ever read before, and the world-building was somewhat of a shock. Not so with House of Sky and Breath! It was like crawling home at night — I knew where we were, what was happening, I knew the characters, etc. I loved watching Hunt and Bryce circle each other, and I love that they finally just gave in. They are adorable (and extremely, steaming hot) together!!!

The plot itself was interesting, too. A rebel boy goes missing, and literally everyone under the sun is looking for him. I felt horrible for the kid, because no one cared about him, personally, only what he could do for the rebel cause. Bryce was the only one in the whole book who wanted him to be safe for who he was, not what he was. Sewn into that plot are more mysteries about Danika, which I’m torn on. Half of me thinks its super interesting to have books wrapped all up in a dead character, the other half of me thinks its sort of a cop out? Like because Danika is dead Maas can say all sorts of things about her, because we’ve never really seen her on page. I’ll reserve my judgement until the end of the series, I think, because it worked pretty well on page in this book.

The reveal about the Asteri was…whoo boy. Something, huh? I can’t wait to see where that plotline goes.

Overall, I’d say House of Sky and Breath is another five star read from Maas for me. I love how she weaves incredible storylines together, and I love how much romance she pours into all her books.

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WWW WEDNESDAY — JUNE 29

Today is my husband and I’s third anniversary! How are we celebrating, you ask? By going to work. 😩 Not much we can do today, in the middle of the week, when we both work full time, AND we have a toddler. So we’ll probably order in dinner or something, and call it done! I hope you have a lovely day, though!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m buddy reading The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy with Becky — we’re close to 50% of the way through! I’m also – shocker – reading House of Sky and Breath at the same time. Who am I, reading two books at once? Usually I can’t do that. I finished up Paradise Lost & Found last week. It was just alright. Next, I’ll FINALLY be picking up Nettle & Bone, as my hold is up at the library!

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKISH WISHES

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKISH WISHES. Now, you know I pretty much read exclusively on my Kindle these days, so really this list is just me wanting books on my kindle. Not all that exciting, but there are some on this list I just haven’t pushed the BUY button for yet. The only one I’ve read before is The Amber Spyglass — I love the His Dark Materials series so much. I have the first two on my Kindle, I just haven’t gotten around to buying the last one yet!

I’m going to link my Kindle Wishlist here, but I don’t expect anything, okay?

What books are on your wishlist? Do we share any?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – COMFORT READS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is COMFORT READS.

There are certain books I turn to when the world seems bleak, and when everything seems absolutely awful. These books either remind me that everything will turn out alright, or they distract me and let me escape from the grim news of the day. That’s not to say these books don’t have sad storylines, or have reminders that all is not well. It’s more these books are like climbing into your own bed at night — familiar and comfortable. I’ve read all of these books more than once, and well, I’ll keep coming back for more.

Do we share any of the same comfort books?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – QUOTES ABOUT LOVE

Morning. [grumbles] Can someone, anyone, tell my son that he can sleep right through three am without waking up wailing? Poor baby is waking up really whiney and won’t go back to sleep without a big bottle. He’s a year old! He shouldn’t need to eat at night anymore. 😦 ANYWAY, onto my sleep-deprived post…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a QUOTE FREEBIE. Sooooo, because I have a million of these saved — I’m doing quotes about love.

the book cover for The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

“When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” — THE FIERY CROSS by DIANA GABALDON

The book cover for Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” — SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER

the book cover for Shadow of Night by Deborah harkness

“In every moment, for the rest of my life, I will be choosing you.” — SHADOW OF NIGHT by DEBORAH HARKNESS

The book cover for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.” — THE NIGHT CIRCUS by ERIN MORGENSTERN

The book cover for Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“The moment you first called me a prick, my fate was sealed. O, fathers of my bloodline! O, ye kings of olde! Take this crown from me, bury me in my ancestral soil. If only you had known the mighty work of thine loins would be undone by a gay heir who likes it when American boys with chin dimples are mean to him.” — RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by CASEY MCQUISTON

the book cover for A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

“You look like a Turner painting and I want to learn your textures with my fingertips. You are the most fascinating thing in this beautiful house. I’d like to introduce my fists to whoever taught you to stop talking about the things that interest you.” — A MARVELLOUS LIGHT by FREYA MARSKE

the book cover for To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

“And kissed her for a hundred and sixty-nine years.” — TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by CONNIE WILLIS

The book cover for His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” — HIS DARK MATERIALS by PHILIP PULLMAN

The book cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“I was his and he was mine, and we were the beginning and middle and end. We were a song that had been sung from the very first ember of light in the world.” — COURT OF MIST AND FURY by SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for Brazen and the Beast by Sarah macLean

“It had been three days since she’d left him alone in his home, having destroyed it with the specter of her presence. He couldn’t do anything in the house—not eat or bathe or light a fucking candle—without thinking of her. Without reliving her, smelling like almond cakes and looking like sin. ……..So, he hadn’t gone home in three days.” — BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by SARAH MACLEAN

What are you favorite quotes about love? Share them below, I seriously want to read them.

WWW WEDNESDAY – MAY 4

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, FOLKS. We’re halfway through the week! My kid’s birthday is tomorrow. Should I get him cake even if he’s only one? Maybe just a cupcake…? I know I’LL want cake, but he’s too little to really eat like…more than a couple bites. I’ll have to consider this some more, I think. I’m not even wrapping his presents — I’d have to go out and buy birthday wrapping paper, and at most he’ll just tear a little off before he gets frustrated. I don’t want him to get upset on his birthday, y’know? Enough about me — onto the meme!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently in the midst of The Atlas Six. I’m enjoying it so far — I really like the author’s use of language aka I thoroughly enjoy how she writes! Last week, I finished up House of Earth and Blood. I ended up liking it a lot more than I originally thought I was going to. You can read my review here. My next read will probably be In The Shadow of Lightning, because I need to get to an ARC sooner rather than later. Whoops.

What are you reading right now?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – ONE WORD REVIEWS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. I love Top Ten Tuesday — I love seeing the unique answers every week, and I especially love the excuse to look at pretty cover art every Tuesday! This week’s topic is ONE WORD REVIEWS FOR THE LAST 10 BOOKS I READ. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with for this week! Without any further ado, let’s jump in.

The title of each book links back to my full review.

Do you agree with any of my one-word reviews? Link your TTT below so I can check it out!

BOOK REVIEW: HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD BY SARAH J. MAAS

The book cover for House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  • STAR RATING: 5 big stars
  • PAGE LENGTH: 807
  • WHAT SERIES? The Crescent City Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? House of Earth and Blood
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Unknown, but I’m willing to bet its 4
  • CW: death, violence, gore, drug use, slavery
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, or the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

SYNOPSIS

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 their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose–to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion–one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

I will be the first to admit that it took me a good chunk of this book to really be interested in it. The only thing that really kept me going is that I have never hated a Sarah J. Maas book. I know I like her work — I’ve read just about all that she’s put out there. That’s why I pushed through the beginning of House of Earth and Blood.

I think my biggest issue with this book is that it takes place in a modern day setting. Not our world, mind, but a world with something akin to electricity, the internet, with cars and cell phones. It threw me off, because none of Maas’s other books have ever taken place in this sort of setting. HOWEVER, once I got over myself, and adjusted to the world, I loved it. I’m a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson books, and while those take place in our world, that’s what House of Earth and Blood reminded me of the most. Creatures like werewolves, angels, vampires, witches, all of them call Crescent City home. I love a paranormal novel, so I was all for this.

The plot was fascinating — Bryce’s best friend, Danika (and her pack) are killed in a horribly violent way. Around the same time, an ancient Fae artifact is stolen. It’s up to Bryce, and her bodyguard/partner/friend, Hunt, to figure out how the two are connected. If they are. The whole thing is very twisty-turny, explain at the last second things that had been whispered throughout the book. I admit I did not see some of the twists coming, but they had been hinted at before. I was just blind!

The villains were terrifying. I spent the whole book dreading what they were finally going to do, what they were going to make Hunt do, what they were going to do to Bryce to put her through even more pain. The ending of this book is so satisfying!

If you’re a Maas fan, then you’ll like this book. I do not, however, recommend this as a good place to start her work. Go with ACOTAR or Throne of Glass, for a starting point. BUT EITHER WAY — I enjoyed House of Earth and Blood. Now to go track down a copy of the next book!!

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Sidenote — how is the new review format working for you guys? Any other information I should include up top for you? Let me know!

WWW WEDNESDAY – APRIL 27

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading House of Earth and Blood, and semi-struggling to stay interested. There’s a lot of information and world-building literally thrown at you right at the start. I know I’ll like this book if I keep with it — Maas hasn’t let me down before — I just gotta finally get into the groove here. Doesn’t help that I haven’t really picked it up in a couple days, what with a busy weekend and fixing my blog ~aesthetic~ yesterday. I finished Of Beast and Burden last week, you can find my review for it here. My hold on The Atlas Six has finally come up at the library, so if I manage to wrap up HOEB soon, I’ll dive into that!

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

WWW WEDNESDAY — APRIL 6

Going back to this meme as I don’t have a review for you today! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So let’s get to it!

I’m currently reading It Happened One Summer and I’m loving it! I’m not very far into it, but it’s a sweet, short little contemporary romance that I’m sure I’ll plow through. I just finished Juniper and Thorn, and I…guess I liked it? It was a good book, but not one that I’ll be rereading. The review for it will be up tomorrow, and you’ll see what I mean! I’m not sure what I’ll read next, but I’m thinking maybe House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. I love her books, so I’m sure I’ll dive right into that one!

Have you read these? What are you reading right now, and are you enjoying it?