Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Ninth House

Series: Alex Stern #1

Author: Leigh Bardugo

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.

Masterpiece. Absolute masterpiece!

I tried this book on audio when it first came out and didn’t get along with it but I’m so glad that I gave the physical book a go because I was glued to this story!

This book was not only a masterpiece but it was dark, vivid, atmospheric and the world created was so captivating that I couldn’t put this down!

It also had so many absolute belters of quotes! I wrote down so many that I want to remember! I’m going to reread and highlight them all for posterity!

Darlington, although he really wasn’t around much, stole my heart! We got glimpses of him throughout the story and I fell in love!

‘I class profanity with declarations of love. Best used sparingly and only when wholeheartedly meant.’

All I can say is bring on Hell Bent! I need to know what happens!


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