So after loving King of Scars I needed some more Leigh Bardugo and the only book I had left to read was from her so Ninth House it was. So what did I think of Leigh Bardugo’s first step into the adult book world.
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.
Taken from goodreads
So this book is dark and I love it, yes some parts are a bit tough to go through especially if you have trigger related to the events that take place in the book but I found it to take the book from the traditional dark academia in YA straight into the adult world and I loved every second of it.
Alex is a character I had mixed feelings about at first till we got to know more about her backstory and what made her be so masking with her personality. When she starts to grow as the book continues then the true Alex comes out and dear god I loved her.
The book does take a bit of time to actually get to the plot but it keeps giving you a little glimpse into what is to come and makes you actually want to keep reading the book to find out what is going to happen.
The whole university situation might be a little confusing to people who have either a. Not be to a university of anysort or B. someone who hasn’t been to an american university. But after a while you start to understand what is happening and how all these groups connect and it does make for a really good read.
This is one of the few adult books I have gotten into and if they are all like this then I can see myself becoming a new buyer into this age group. All of my little nitpicks I have about YA are gone and allows me to enjoy a fantasy series such as this so much more.
This is the first book in sometime that has made me actually be surprised when I finished the book due to the ending as it was something that I didn’t predict and I love it even more because of it.
With the mixture of a really good and interesting storyline and characters which I found myself enjoying even though most were side characters are best this does make for a really really good read. Please check for trigger warnings before reading.