Friday 24 April 2020

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here's another book I've been meaning to read for months. And this week, I decided it was time to get stuck into it.

Alex Stern isn't your standard Yale student. She's suffered through a troubled childhood, even worse teenage years, and ended up in the hospital after surviving a horrific attack. When she's approached by a man who makes her an offer she can't refuse, she starts freshman class and is mentored by a rich guy who will teach her how to monitor Yale’s secret societies.

She's keen to watch and willing to learn, but when her mentor disappears and a young woman's body is found on campus, Alex finds herself falling deeper into the ghostly activity she's tried so hard to ignore and ruined her life...

Holy shit!

This book is amazing. I absolutely LOVED it.

Everything about this book is awesome: characters, location, backstory, magic, the writing... Like I said, everything. 😍

I fell into this book instantly. As soon as I started reading, I knew this was going to be my kind of story. It's moody, rich with the supernatural imagery, creates a mythology of its own, and is quite horrific in sections. Not to mention that I loved Alex, and the dark seedy world of secret societies is intriguing.

The POV is shared between Alex and Darlington. Her narrative takes place in the present, and his happened before the mysterious incident that leaves Alex alone. As the two timelines collide, everything comes together at a perfect pace, reveals a lot of darkness, and even more secrets.

Alex is such a great character with a very cool name: Galaxy. She's damaged, complicated and haunted by the things she can see but others can't. She's lived a hard life, experienced some pretty gross things and hits rock bottom in the most violent of ways. When she gets to Yale, she feels out of place but soon realises there's more to her position as Dante than she first thought. She's strong, determined and unapologetic. In other words, she totally rocks!

The worldbuilding is awesome. I loved how the Ninth House fits into the whole Yale secret society scene. It all starts out gory but simple enough, and quickly becomes so much more.

There's a lot of supernatural goodness within the pages of this fantastic book. It's packed with intriguing characters, very interesting locations, gory imagery and has a real gritty feel. Not to mention the twists and turns.

I can't wait to see what happens next, because that ending announced there's some really interesting stuff to look forward to.

This book is something special. ❤

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