Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Crescent City
Series: Crescent City, #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: March 2020
Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

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.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

I have mixed emotions about this book. There are moments I liked to quit reading this book but decided to give it the 50% of the book before I do. And I am really glad I did, it was really good!

First, let me warn you. This book could overwhelm you at first. There is a large info dump in this book that I felt like my imagination is on hyper drive, taking it all in, trying to figure out who is who, and trying to understand the confusing World-building that I still had a hard time understanding until secod half of the book. It was a total mess at first, but I still hoped that things will start to make sense for me in the end. And it did. And man, was this book too long that I think too much narration could be avoided. I tried not to let myself be bothered by it, but still it was one of the things I do not like about this book. In my opinion this book has a very winding and a complex story line. This is the reason why I did not give this a perfect rating. And yet, I did really enjoyed it, specially the last few chapters. So a piece of advice, don’t be discouraged by the first 30 chapters – once you’ve plod through the initial world building, the intricate, fully interesting and heart-racing plot will start to kick off. AND IT’S SO WORTH IT.

Moving on, I am very much in love with all the characters in this book. Although I was really torn when Danika and her Pact died, I still understand and accepted that this is the main plot of the story and where it all began. Bryce, the main character was a strong female lead character that I had always loved about SJM's books. She wasn't perfect and has flaws which I think made her character more realistic. And I don't know why but I started to like even the Antagonists of this book and start seeing them on a positive way throughout the story. Hunt and Bryce both have strong personality, there is no denying that they have both equal footing. 

There is also a Diversity of characters. The author had a good job in mixing the characters races, class, sexuality and power in this book. There are mixture of supernaturals in this book; Angels, Faes, humans, Mermaids, Witches, Shape shifters (wolves), and other magical creatures I don't know exactly remember their names. It was like gathering all the fantasy characters and creatures in one book and it was amazing. 

Alternating Point of views. If you know me, and have read some of my reviews, this is actually the thing that I always appreciate in a book. Having this kind of narration makes me always take a better glimpse of the other characters, personality and point of view. It always feel like giving the other characters a chance to know them better.

At the end of this book my emotions are uncontrollable. I cried at the last 200 pages of this book. I was touched with everything Bryce and Danika are willing to do for each other, how Bryce was such a selfless bitch. And how willing she is to sacrifice for the people she loves. This book has a lot to offer about friendship, loyalty and respect. There was so much heart-whelming scenes, that the words made such an impact that I had to breathe in and out. Some scenes hurt a lot.

Overall, this book is one of my best read for 2020. It was action-packed and addictive. Not only it levels my expectation, but it also makes me think of the second book. A huge thanks @definitelybooks for gifting me a review copy of this book!


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