Title: Ninth House
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Alex Stern #1
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
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Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
Before I get into my thoughts on this book I want to thank Luna for buddy reading this one with me. I had so much fun reading and discussing this book with you and I can’t wait for us to buddy read more books in the future.
I know I read the synopsis for this book when I first heard of it but a lot of time went by before I actually ended up reading it so I went into this book blind. I had no clue what I was in for. I admit this book was a little slow paced. I much prefer books that move at a faster pace however that being said this book completely sucked me in. I swear like 8 chapters in and I was already telling Luna I absolutely had to have the second book. I hadn’t even finished this book yet and I knew I needed to read the second book. To me that speaks volumes.
In the beginning I didn’t really know what was going on but I knew I needed to find out. I kept reading and the more I read the more I got sucked in. This book is intense. It’s atmospheric and gruesome but in the best way. There were definitely some scenes that I could have done without but I totally got why they were included. They weren’t just included for the shock value at least they didn’t come across that way to me. Before you read this book I would highly recommend looking into trigger warnings because there are a lot of triggering subjects in this book.
It ends on a cliffhanger but in this instance I liked it because the events of the first book were pretty well wrapped up and the cliffhanger leads us into the second book which I now own and will be reading in February. I don’t really know what else to say about this book. It literally blew me away and I won’t be surprised if it ends up on my favorites of the year list.
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Great review! I have this book on my list of books that I have to read this year, so I’m looking forward to it.
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I really hope you enjoy it!!
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