Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)

Ninth House by powerhouse Leigh Bardugo is a dark fantasy ride through the history and underbelly of New Haven and Yale. Mysterious and gritty, it will pull you in, but may leave you wanting more.

I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me.

— Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the last person you’d imagine in Yale’s freshman class. Raised by a hippie mom and recently extricated from a world of drug dealers and murder, Alex takes this second chance for a new life. But what is waiting in store for her?
 

Review:

I read this for a buddy read on Instagram, and our whole group for the most part was underwhelmed. So many plot lines were left unraveled, and most of the characters were barely given proper backstories. Bardugo plans on making this a series, so I know she’s just dropping tidbits of plot and substance to just keep you wanting more. But it just wasn’t enough for me to want to come back for more.

A shift in my normal reading genre was definitely welcomed, and I did enjoy some of the gothic/ghostly/magical elements in the story. Bardugo has a seriously imaginative mind, and I’d be interested to read her other works. I just don’t think this particular book was for me.

 
Winner of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy
 

Book Details

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Hardcover, 459 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Summary

Ninth House is a dark fantasy ride through the history and underbelly of New Haven and Yale. Mysterious and gritty, it will pull you in, but may leave you wanting more. Bardugo has a seriously imaginative mind, and I'd be interested to read her other works. I just don't think this particular book was for me.

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