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A Book Review of "Crescent City" by Sarah J. Maas

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"Crescent City"

"Crescent City"

About "Crescent City"

Bryce Quinlan is a half-fae, half-human, whose life consists of working hard during the day and releasing it all at night with her best friend (the "party princess," also known as Danika Fendyr). Danika is the strongest wolf shifter seen in generations, so when Bryce comes home one night to find her and all her pack brutally murdered. Bryce's life is ripped to pieces, and her only comfort is that the murderer has been imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Now, two years later, the murders have started again and Bryce has been asked to aid in the investigation with the infamous Hunt Athalar. Hunt is a known assassin angel who serves as a slave to the republic as a form of enforcer. Talented and lethal Althalar has a great deal at stake with this investigation but soon becomes entangled in a web bigger than just him. Digging deep into the underbelly of Crescent City that's secrets go deeper than they could have imagined.

What I Liked

  • Great Characters: Truth time, when I first pre-ordered this book I don't believe I actually read the synopsis. All I knew going into this story was that it is a Sarah J. Maas novel being listed as "adult fantasy". I've read one other of her books Throne of Glass and very much enjoyed it but holy cow, I did not think I would love Crescent City on the level that I do. A huge part of this love comes from the extremely well-developed characters. As the reader, you can understand their drive, and emotional connections with each other good and bad. I cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed and there were many moments when I wanted to throw this book at the wall. Maas's ability to create these in-depth characters is incredible, every detail so subtly integrated as a reader is a mental sensory overload!
  • Emotionally Expansive: A good fantasy novel, in my opinion, should make you feel a cluster of emotions at all times. Once the reader no longer feels anything while reading the drive to finish a story can be lost. This is not the case for Crescent City, in the moments when many readers might put a book down for the scene's main focus is driving plot rather than excitement Maas uses humor to push through. If Sarah J. Maas is as funny as she makes her characters I'd love to enjoy a meal with her because my fiance multiple times, while I was reading, came out of the bedroom to see what I was bellowing at, at one in the morning. I have never read a book that genuinely made me unleashed these kinds of emotions outwardly while reading, for that alone it is a must-read if you're considering it.
  • The Element of Suprise: Are you looking for a book that will keep you on your toes? If so, then this is it. There were multiple instances while reading that I indulged myself in the dreaded "just one more chapter and than I'll go to bed"... Final last words, because I kid you not every time I did something would shock to the point where that "one more chapter" became five! Just as the reader becomes snug and ready for some witty banter between Hunt and Bryce boom something epic happens.

If I start losing money because you're playing detective with the Umbra Mortis Ill turn you into a turtle.

— "Crescent City" by Sarah J. Maas

  • Slow Burn Romance: There is nothing better than a quality slow-burn romance in my book. One where you see the gears changing between characters, they start as kindling moving on to a spark and then finally a heart-burning fire. Crescent City nailed that beautifully done slow-burn romance. It was a subtle and natural rather than what I've seen done in too many novels what I call "fairy tale insta-love".
  • Character Development: Maas's main characters appeared to already be developed into themselves in a way I've never seen done before. There weren't really any skeletons in the closet that they individually didn't know about, just ones they weren't willing to share with those around them. Each character has a great understanding of themselves, yet she still managed to achieve a great deal of development from them, which managed to avoid that classic annoyingness that happens in fantasy novels where the characters are all shocked when they find out they have a hidden talent they didn't know about. Not in this novel, they know, they just don't always share.

Look towards where it hurts the most. That's always where the answer are.

— "Crescent City" by Sarah J. Maas

Complaint: The Beginning Was Confusing

So for the first 60 pages of this novel, I honestly wondered if it was going to be worth reading for I felt constantly confused. Maas has focused on building such an expansive and developed world that in the beginning she kind of just spews all the history, hierarchies, and relationship connections all at once.

I was just getting to the point of "if this doesn't stop soon I'm putting it down" when the plot really erupted so heavily that even though those 60 pages were rough they didn't matter anymore. I feel this information could have been more softly integrated into the story, rather than ripping the bandage of information all at once.

Final Thoughts

If you're looking for a story that blends fantasy, adult romance, mystery, and suspense Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas is the book for you. This novel was masterfully written to the point that I'm sitting here debating rereading it like one might rewatch their favorite movie because I can't get enough. Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are unforgettable characters you will fall madly in love with. You will laugh at all the witty banter and cry with each of these beloved characters.

My only advice to fellow readers is to push past the first 60 pages and you won't regret it. Crescent City is the first book in this series, and I will be counting the hours until the second is released!