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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) | Sarah J. Maas
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melmes
Mehso-so

⭐️3.7
An intriguing plot, the characters had a lot of interesting development. One minus is that the love story should‘ve been more developed, other than that I enjoyed it throughly.

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Follow.my.read
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Rainy days are meant for front porch reading!

Chelsea.Poole Lovely! 💐 1mo
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Follow.my.read
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I remove my DJ, and re-cover my books with brown paper bags. The other day, my grand daughter designed a new cover for #Houseofearthandblood

Soubhiville 🤣 I‘m betting that‘s a strange bit of cover art for that story, according to the title! 2mo
sherri Love her art! Great perfect cover. 2mo
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CloakNQuill
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Break time reading ♥️🌙
#dayreading #fantasy #maas #crescentcity #bookone

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melmes
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New findings on the case of the pack of devils, I like the romance that is building up and the book is a lot more interesting. 🥀🖤
#houseofearthandblood #julyread #sarajmaas #bryceqinland #huntathalar #crescentcity

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dmanto00
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Pickpick

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Wow. I continue to love Sarah J. Maas… I‘m so glad I pushed through the 300-400 pages of world building because I loved this book. The ending was so worth it. I felt like I was apart of this world. #crescentcity #sarahjmaas

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BooksNBowls
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I joined a book group on Facebook and they participate in #WishlistWednesday where members post their Amazon wishlists and can give and receive books! I got my first gift today! I‘ve been wanting to start this series for a long time!! A little intimidated by the size but SJM is worth it! Also, I think this would be a cool concept for us to try on Litsy! What do y‘all think? Would y‘all like to have a Wishlist Wednesday?!?

CBee I love that idea!! 3mo
BooksNBowls @CBee right? I might host one in a couple weeks?? Trying to think of the best way to go about it. It‘s easy on fb to see who‘s been gifted and not. 3mo
CBee @BooksNBowls sounds great! I‘ll think on it too and let you know if I have any ideas! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Are you in Literally Bookish? 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BooksNBowls it‘s a cool idea! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s easier too on Facebook because you can private message members also. (edited) 3mo
BooksNBowls @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think it‘s call BookTok Baddies lmao 😅 3mo
BooksNBowls @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks maybe I can create a group on fb just for Litsy members?? I just hate that those that don‘t have fb can‘t participate 😢 3mo
dmanto00 That sounds so fun! Also, I need to join that FB group haha! 3mo
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RobES
Pickpick

Slow to start, heavy on the politics and world building but worth it in the end.

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Areader2
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Mehso-so

I am a fantasy junkie,I was really thinking this was going to be awesome, but was just so-so it was too long for the build up to 3/4 in when it started getting interesting
I met my goal for #20in4 readathon finished this book of 816 pages, and started The Last Thing he Told Me by Laura Dave

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
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melmes
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A dropped-reread book that I have wanted to finish for over a year. I hope this time it‘s this books time 🥺
#crescentcity #sarajmaas #houseofearthandblood #bookspin #junemonthchallenge

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Branwen
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When I saw this Crescent City shirt on Etsy I couldn't resist! Isn't it so pretty?! 🐺🌘 I love this series so much! I don't know how I'm going to survive until the third book comes out! 😭📚💕

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Karons1
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Oh dear oh dear oh dear 100 pages in and to me it‘s absolute pants ! Il stick with it as all reviewers can‘t be wrong 😑 but so far the worse book 📖 Iv started to read this year ! Is it worth holding out for another 900 pages of my life 🙈

readingjedi I thought I was the only person on the planet who thinks Maas can't write for toffee! #unpopularopinion 5mo
Kimberlone I couldn‘t finish it. I‘ve realized SJM books just aren‘t for me. I started and quit both of her other series after the first two books. This one was just too much of everything and SO LONG. The second in the series is even longer and I‘ve already been spoiled by the ending and it‘s not one that is going to be worth the journey for me. 5mo
Karons1 @readingjedi @Kimberlone phew 😅thank goodness for that ! I thought it was just me ; thank goodness 😅 I started this before packing it away before my hols ; I‘d have thrown it into the pool 😆 5mo
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Karons1
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Not sure which one of these mammoth 🦣 reads to take on a 6day break in the sun ☀️ 🤔Fantasy ? A much loved writer or a family dynasty akin to Downton abbey ???
#holidayreads
#longvooks
#houseofearthAndblood
#rachelsholiday
#noangel
Suggestions please 🙏🏻 😀
Mollies not sure 🤔 either 😆

BookDadGirlDad Do you have room in you bag for all 3???😁😁😁 5mo
Karons1 Sadly not 😆they weigh a ton all together, I am also taking my kindle as back up 🤣 5mo
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Dragon
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Pickpick

Just finished this door stopper ebook , I admit I was sceptical about this series. I‘ve read and enjoyed the author‘s other series. I confess I thought this was just a murder mystery. I was wrong - it‘s so much more ! There‘s a ton of world 🌎 building - a new group of sassy characters- and some serious couple vibes ( I have a definite soft spot for #romantsy ) I immediately put a hold on book 2. 👍👍

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Dragon
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#woundrousWednesday thanks for the tag @Eggs 1. I am a big bailer and often do not finish books - so I tend to avoid buddy reads and book clubs.

2. I like romantsy and science fiction/fantasy themes. 3.the tagged book starting a new series Tagging everyone who would like to play 💚🐉

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🥰 5mo
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ashsbookmarks
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DivineDiana The green! 💚 6mo
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Karons1
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#Saturdaybookshopping #escapistreads #juliaquinn #bridgertonprequels #sarahjmaas #crescentcityseries bought them but won‘t start this month as committed to finishing my book bingo choices #Bookspin #Doublespin 😆

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The_Literary_Jedi
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Mehso-so

Not impressed. 📚📚📚 This isn‘t so bad as to get a bad rating but it had a lot of excess that took away from good plot. Not one that I‘ll recommend before #acotar or #tog

sprainedbrain I didn‘t like this one enough to pick up the second 😬 6mo
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Mary_Reads
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Hitting the road for a 5 hour road trip so I thought I'd start this big bitch and catch up on some reviews

paperwitchs I don‘t know how you could do that 🥲 I always get motion when I read in the car 6mo
Mary_Reads @paperwitchs motion sickness has never been a problem for me. I even used to read on the boat when I would go bay fishing with my dad. 6mo
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forestandcrow
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My coworker makes book sleeves. Do I need them? No. But are they too cute not to have? Yes.

BethM You need book sleeves. Also ones with zippers? Those are a definite must have! 7mo
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LitStephanie
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this crime/murder mystery set in a modern, cell phone using society with all kinds of races of magical people. Bryce, a human antiquities dealer whose friends were slaughtered two years ago teams up with Hunt, a local military angel, to try and solve the murders when the same type of gruesome killings start happening again. Naturally, both are ridiculously good looking, but Bryce is still traumatized by the prior murders, and Hunt is ⏬

LitStephanie still carrying a torch for his girlfriend who died 200 years ago (and he was only with her less than a year, hmm). There is a little too much word count devoted to the sexual tension between these two, and to me, the whole story is about 25% too long. Also, the author is heavy handed in her use of withholding information, to the point where it feels artificial. Fun crime drama/fantasy but not worth the long slog. 7mo
Nessavamusic Book 2 is much better! 7mo
LitStephanie @Nessavamusic oh really? I had already determined not to read book 2, but if you say it is better, maybe I will reconsider. Thanks for commenting! 7mo
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forestandcrow
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Super excited to start this. So far it has me hooked!

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FantasyChick
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Pickpick

Maas is definitely a one-trick pony when it comes to her books but I just don't care. I'm not looking for something thought provoking when I grab one of her books - I'm looking for a trashy escape and she always provides. It's too long, too wordy, too "not at all special but way too special" and less adult than her YA but I love it. Say what you will but Maas can create a world. Can't wait to start the next one but if she pulls a Tamlin I'll riot!

Laughterhp Haha, pulls a Tamlin 🤣 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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Clwojick Brilliant! 7mo
LitStephanie Your review is so spot on. And actually, I would be OK with her pulling a Tamlin because I was really disappointed with how easily Bryce forgives Hunt and decides to give up anything and humiliate herself for that guy. Maas has a habit of writing about strong young women who go crazy for not terribly worthy men. 😆 7mo
FantasyChick @LitStephanie You are exactly right! It drives me nuts that she does that to her characters. They dont deserve it. Since I've been reading HOSAB I am definitely starting to rethink my "Hunt is endgame" decision ? 7mo
LitStephanie @FantasyChick is HOSAB the second book in this series? I am going to wait for your review, LOL. 7mo
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FantasyChick
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As always I'm unsure of my #weekendreading plans. I am finishing my reread on HOEAB which I've been working on all week in preparation for HOSAB which was SUPPOSED to be here yesterday. I can forgive the delay due to the massive flooding and flash freezing that followed I guess though. 😑 I did download the audiobook too so I might keep my plan and continue on anyway. If not, a little historical fiction may be in order 🤔

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Hope you had a good weekend of reading. 7mo
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Branwen
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Finished my reread! 🎉 This book was just as fantastic the second time around. It's huge- almost 800 pages - but they simply flew by! I definitely cried throughout the last 100 pages! So many emotions! Now I am even more hyped for the second book on Tuesday! ❤📖❤ #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel

RaeLovesToRead I want to pet that floofy belly but I know it's a trap 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead It's definitely a trap! One that I fall for every time! 😂🤣 But it's always worth it! 😽💕 7mo
RaeLovesToRead I haven't managed to successfully pet Pickles' tummy yet! It's only been a couple of months that she's let me pick her up 😄😄 7mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead She's a work in progress! 😄❤ 7mo
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BookBelle84
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Pickpick

This one took me a long time to get into because I didn't find Bryce overly likeable in the beginning but I'm so glad I pushed through. I was completely absorbed in this story halfway through and the last 200 pages had me frantically turning pages to see what would happen next. I shouldn't have been surprised, Maas books always take me a bit to get invested but she is definitely a master of her craft and did not disappoint.

Kristy_K I‘ve been struggling to get past the first few chapters, so I‘m glad to hear it picks up! 7mo
annahenke I felt the same. Once I got into the meat of it, I loved it! Such a Maas fan. 7mo
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Branwen
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Snoooooow! ❄❤❄ Just flurries right now, nothing major, but it still makes for a cozy reading day! 😊 I've only got about 200 pages or so on my reread of this first Crescent City book so I should be finished up today! Just in time for book 2 which comes out Tuesday! 💕📚💕

451Degrees Just finished this one a couple days ago myself! Perfect timing for book two! Hope you‘re enjoying it! 7mo
Branwen @451Degrees Ahhhhhh it's SO GOOD! I forgot how much I love this story! I'm pretty sure I sobbed through the last 100 pages! 💕 7mo
451Degrees @Branwen I was totally feeling all those emotions on the last section too!😭💗 7mo
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behudd
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I‘ve said it before & I‘ll say it again: Sarah J. Maas just writes books perfectly tailored to me. She can do no wrong. I was hesitant to start this series, but with book 2 coming out next week, thought I‘d finally dive in, and I was not disappointed.
It‘s 800 pages, & I read the last 450 in less than 24 hours.
Cannot wait for book 2!

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kellyann28
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Pickpick

Finished my reread and enjoyed it more the second time around. I am pro Hunt 💯 and am so excited for House of Sky & Breath next week!
Completed my #bookspin book for February as well 🥰
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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Cailey_Mac
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We‘re getting there! At just about the half way point ☺️

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Lizpixie
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Pickpick

Bk3 of February 2022 is done! Another reread, I‘ve been bouncing around everywhere with books this year, I think I‘ve read one from nearly every genre on my shelf with new reads & rereads both. With this I thought I‘d freshen my memory before the 2nd comes out in a few days🙌Loved it just as much as the first read, I have a huge weakness for Maas‘ books, don‘t know why. Maybe it‘s the hot guys with wings?🕊 #BookspinBingo #SeriesRead2022👇

Redy2trvl I‘m so excited for the second book!!!! 8mo
TheSpineView I need to read this one! On my list since it was published. 8mo
BookBelle84 I'm struggling through this one at the moment. It always takes me a bit to get into her books and then I love them. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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451Degrees
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Been reading this for about a week and I don‘t know if it‘s just me but did anyone else have a problem with the point of view shifting mid dialogue from one main character to the other without a break? It‘s not gonna make me stop reading this but it‘s something that has just stuck out to me😬 enjoying it otherwise though!

Kimberlone I‘ve seriously been listening to the audiobook off and on since October…still at 50% Barely understand the plot ☹️ 8mo
451Degrees @Kimberlone oof😬 I couldn‘t imagine listening on audio with this book. Have to go back to see who‘s thinking what a lot. I heard the end gets better!😬🙏🏻 8mo
Hestapleton It definitely took me about 300 pages to figure out who (and what) everyone was and establish the world. Then it started flowing better. 8mo
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Kimberlone @451Degrees I haven‘t listened in awhile but I do wAnt to give it another chance and finish it eventually 8mo
BookBelle84 I'm struggling with this one too! 8mo
451Degrees @Hestapleton @Kimberlone @bookbelle We will get there!!! I‘m sure the second one will be worth getting through the first one😆 8mo
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Uralkodo
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𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 ~ 𝘚𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘩 𝘑 𝘔𝘢𝘢𝘴
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I really enjoyed this one. Was it necessary to drag the story for 800 pages? No, not really. Yet, I got invested in the characters and cried through the last 100 pages. I‘m glad that the second book comes out this month so I don‘t have to wait a year to continue.

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behudd
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“There was a wolf at the gallery door.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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kellyann28
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Here is my February #BookSpinBingo board! My #bookspin book is House of Earth and Blood which I've started so I can get ready for House of Sky and Breath 💙

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eri.reads
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Thanks @EadieB for the tag!

1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas at 806 pages 🎧

2. Sometimes I do depending on how busy work is, but usually I just audioread them!

Please feel free to play if you haven't done so yet! Enjoying seeing all of the responses so far. 😁

@TheSpineView

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Cailey_Mac
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Alright; I‘m finally doing it! I‘m finally diving into House of Earth and Blood for the first time after staring at it for over a year in preparation for the very close release of the second book, House of Sky and Breath; now to see if I can finish this in time💙🙌🏼📖 #chunkster #currentread

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Smlambert725

“Through love, all is possible”
#January2022

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xicanti
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This has a lot to recommend it, including great characters, a large variety of meaty relationships, some intense action sequences, and a cool setting. I loveloveLOVED about 300 of its 800 pages, and in the end that was enough to let me love it overall.

That said, it‘s HEAVILY padded. I get the sense Maas loves her characters and their world so much that she wants to tell the reader EVERYTHING about them. The story would‘ve flowed much better ⬇️

xicanti if she‘d let herself imply most of the details instead of indulging her urge to infodump (and to repeat certain bits over and over). #NewYearWhoDis 9mo
Laughterhp I‘m glad you liked this one overall! I definitely don‘t disagree with anything you said. 9mo
xicanti @Laughterhp I did put my name down for the next book before I‘d even finished this one! 9mo
monalyisha Such an interesting review! It‘s fascinating which quirks we‘ll allow & which will totally ruin a book for us. 9mo
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xicanti
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In case I haven‘t made it clear by now, I sometimes have uneven reactions to Maas‘s books—but I consistently love how she thanks her dog all her acknowledgments. Dogs are super important.

(Oh, and I had an unexpected block of free time this afternoon, so I DID finish the book. Full review coming soon.) #NewYearWhoDis

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xicanti
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I probably won‘t finish HOEAB today, but I‘m on track for tomorrow! It‘s weird; y‘all know I‘ve struggled with some aspects of it, but there were about 150 pages where I was absolutely in book-love. Alas, I‘m now back in regular old book-like, with the strong feeling this would‘ve been a fabulous 350-pager.

Also of note: I keep picturing Syrinx as Casey with a lion‘s tail, pointy ears, and a more obviously Pekingese face.

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xicanti
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I‘m far enough into HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD that I‘m invested in the story and the characters have grown on me, but y‘all? I really think this is a 350-400 page book trapped inside an 800-page book. I get the sense Maas has reached the popularity threshold where her editors don‘t rein her in as often as they would with a newer author or one with a smaller fanbase. So many infodumps. So much unnecessary repetition. #unpopularopinion #NewYearWhoDis

Laughterhp I‘m sure you aren‘t the only one that feels this way! It definitely didn‘t need to be as long as it did. I think I took a break around page 400 or something. 9mo
xicanti @Laughterhp I almost took a break after page 200, but I decided to give it a chapter or two more and it clicked for me from there. 9mo
DinoMom I find that issue in all of her series, some of the books can be a lot shorter and be more effective. Dont get me wrong I like her books but sometimes I skip whole sections and do not lose the story because the sections were just to long and do not anything to move the plot or characters forward. 9mo
xicanti @DinoMom I love some of her books, but I find her pretty uneven overall. I ended up speed-reading a fair few chunks of A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES because I cared deeply about some aspects of the plot and not at all about others. 9mo
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abookdragonsretreat
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This is my second time reading and I love this book. Honestly this book and Bryce has inspired me in so many ways, to feeling better about my weight and curves, to building confidence and finally making some decent friends at university. The book has taught me to cherish every day and love harder than before. To be brave and never let anyone make me feel insufficient. To be badass and look good doing it. And that through love, all is possible❤🌙

StaceGhost I loved this book! It‘s her best imho 9mo
Littlewolf1 I love this book so much, and want that jacket. Looking forward to February to get book 2. 9mo
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abookdragonsretreat @Littlewolf1 I'm so excited for book 2! Haha thanks, I just wrote the quote on an old leather jacket❤ 9mo
ReaperOfTerrasen Where did you get those collectors coins? 9mo
abookdragonsretreat @ReaperOfTerrasen They're candles I bought from Etsy, the business is called BookwormCandles ❤ 9mo
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xicanti
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I‘m 100 pages into my second #NewYearWhoDis book, and while I think I‘ll like the STORY, I‘m frustrated with all the infodumps. I don‘t remember them being this extreme in Maas‘s earlier books, but maybe that‘s because she had more fish-out-of-water characters before. Here, everyone‘s lived in this world since birth, so there‘s no reason for huge explanations.

xicanti I also wonder if the infodumps account for Maas‘s popularity as a fantasy gateway author. The ideal SFF narrative gets the worldbuilding across via incluing; small details seeded through the text that tell the reader what they need to know. These are easy for the people who‘re used to them to pick up on, but they do seem to grieve a lot of readers who gravitate towards real-world stories and who want thorough explanations for unfamiliar ideas. (edited) 9mo
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xicanti
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My dad tested negative! I can go out among the people again!

I trundled out this morning for my last library haul of 2021: Olivia Dade‘s latest and the first two arrivals from @Laughterhp ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list. There‘re a couple more in transit for me, too; something to look forward to in early 2022.

Laughterhp Yay! I‘m starting to get my books in from the library too! 9mo
xicanti @Laughterhp these are exciting times! 9mo
DGRachel I adored The Right Sort of Man. 💖 9mo
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xicanti @DGRachel I‘m really looking forward to it. It‘s been ages since I read an historical mystery. 9mo
QuietlyLaura So glad to hear about your dad! ☺️💕👏 9mo
xicanti @QuietlyLaura thanks! It‘s a big relief. 9mo
monalyisha Such good news! Happy (& healthy) New Year! ✨🎉 9mo
Nute Such good news about your Dad!😊 9mo
xicanti @monalyisha @Nute thanks! We‘re all relieved. 9mo
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abookdragonsretreat
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This year I managed to read 151 books!
There were so many good ones but if I have to pick 5 favourites then they would be:

1. Crescent City by Sarah J Maas🌙
2. A Court of Silver Flames by SJM
3. Gothikana by Runyx
4. Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
5. Echoes by Laura Tisdall

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MsRadioSilence
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Panpan

This book did not beat me. I fought through all 799 pages, godsdammit, and I hated every word. I hate this book.

wanderinglynn Oh my. It‘s never fun when you have to slog through something you‘re not enjoying. But at least now you can go on to better reads! 📚📚📚 10mo
annahenke Well I liked the book but love a strong opinion! 10mo
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MsRadioSilence
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I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I‘ve put 8 hours into it and I‘m STILL not done??? Why is it 800 pages long??

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Jacksann96
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❤️