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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Trigger Warning: Sexual abuse on a minor.

In this book, we follow Alex Stern, a high school drop-out, who, thanks to her ability to see greys is studying at Yales. There, she joins a Secret Society and began to use her ability to suits their needs. As she’s trying to resolve a recent murder, she realises that not everybody at Yales has her best interest at heart.

I loved this book. It’s a 5 star read for me. The atmosphere, the writing style, the characters were all exactly what I wanted when I picked this book up. I had scheduled 4 days to read it and I devoured it in only 2.

I grew quite attached to Alex, who had not had the best life so far and still tries to make things right for people. I thought she had genuine reactions to the events and I felt for her every time we had a glimpse into her past.

I also really enjoyed the perspective of Darlington and I even wanted more from him.

The eerie atmosphere and the whole secret society setting was brilliant and kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole book.

It was my first time reading a Leigh Bardugo book and now I understand why she’s so well-loved in the book community. Her writing is so smart and smooth.

The plot and the intrigue were well-thought. I kept guessing and I had no idea how everything was linked together before the big reveal.

I enjoyed reading this book so much and I can’t wait to read the next one (which doesn’t have a release date yet). But in the meantime I’ll, for sure, pick up her other books starting with Shadow and Bone in April.

It was my first read of the year 2020 and this was a wonderful start for me. However, this book is definitely not for everyone, so, be mindful of the trigger warning.


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2019 Reading Stats

7 January 2020