The House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2)

Sarah J. Maas

Adult Fantasy

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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) Maas is the ultimate at world-building! Truly, she keeps me guessing every time. This one was right up there with blindsides and twists to keep me entertained.

While I continue to love Maas, this one definitely wasn’t a fav. I do truly love her worlds but this book seemed to have a lot of “oh ya, this was kept a secret so here’s this shocker;” that I believe just made it convenient to add story in. Using those multiple times got repetitive and honestly, I expect more from her as an author. It seemed to be the easy way to fill plot holes and move the story along (can we say holy cow to the jam-packed 800 pages?)

But also, wow the smut factor went way up on this one! If I had to read that Bryce “curls her toes” one more time I was gonna puke. They continually lusted after each other, or replayed their night together, or were actually being intimate and it just felt nonstop. Usually I can tune out or skip a few paragraphs and be perfectly fine with the smut. It was nearly impossible with this book. Putting that aside, it was full of action and I’m in awe at the detail in this world.

General content summary: These are definitely adult. Someone scanned their kindle to see how much it cusses. It says the F word 520 some times and the S word 222 times. F words: 100+, references to torture and brutal deaths, sexual intimacy (very detailed, multiple times), demons and creatures, drowning, many killings some are brutal with details, mistreatment of children, slavery, abuse of slaves. 

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  1. I can’t really, I cannot see how anybody thinks she is talented at world-building, writing, or anything else. She wrote mate”” something like 700 + times in another book

    • They are very much adult! I think some people assume they’re YA because Maas has written YA before but these are very adult. Obviously!

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