Genre: Adult Fantasy/Romance
Target Audience: 18+
Rating: A (90%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Being stuck in lockdown has had one positive affect, I get to read all the time! I managed to finish Sarah J Maas’s newest release, and “first” adult fantasy novel, Crescent City.
SIDENOTE (skip this paragraph for the review): As much as I love Maas as an author, I truly do. I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog that she’s one of my all-time favourites (and that still stands true), however, I do believe that her books are being wrongly marketed. When her series, Throne of Glass was first published, it was a Young Adult series. It held to being a YA series right up until book 5, Empire of Storms. No teenage book should be going into detail about sex, it’s unnecessary. In my opinion, from this book onward, including her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, have been adult this entire time. Or at the very least, New Adult. But that’s just me.
On to the actual review!
Crescent City was a slow-burn for me. With so much information presented at the beginning of the novel, and continuing to be presented through out, I found it extremely hard to keep up with who was who and what was what. It definitely took me a lot of time before I found myself comfortable in the world. In saying this, I LOVED THIS BOOK. Absolutely adored it.
I love the idea of mixing genres, and despite this novel being strongly a romance/fantasy hybrid, the main plot was also like a ‘who done it?’. And I love crime solving books! It was just fantastic.
In the beginning, the deaths that occured felt predictable to me — not that that’s a bad thing. I could feel it coming is all. Even if I saw this plot point coming, there’s so many others I that didn’t see. And that’s why I love her writing so much, she has this incredible ability to throw twists and turns that you’re unable to see coming, but when it all clicks together, it makes sense.
Then there’s the characters. Despite finding love or hate in some of them, there was just so many characters that it was hard to pinpoint who they are, and what purpose they serve.
One massive thing, the biggest of things, that I liked about this book was the representation of depression and mental health. I freaking loved that. It felt genuine and realistic. It didn’t fade after months, but rather stuck through it and struck at random times. I loved it so much.
Plus the little sidekicks are adorable and hilarious.
So a quick recap of everything I just said:
– Slow burn
– A little info-dumpy
– Absolutely LOVED it
– Mystery/Fantasy/Romance genre
– Predictable yet unpredictable
– A lot of characters
– Great representation of depression
– Adorable and hilarious sidekicks
Please read it! I know my review is filled with many cons, but honestly it’s better than I make it sound! Haha.
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.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 10/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10