en-Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo review


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. In fact, by age twenty, 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 prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless "tombs" are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

I had real high expectations about this one. It's such a stunning book and have you seen those edges! They are covered by pretty snakes. It's such an eyecatcher. I couldn't resist this one, I was so eager to start his one.

But I have to admit that I wasn't that enthusiast as I kept on reading. I just couldn't get into the story. The beginning was rather odd, and I couldn't figure out where this story was going. This feeling unfortunately never faded for me. It just wasn't my style, I guess.

The story itself was professionally written and incredibly detailed. The scenes are written very vividly, and you had the feeling that you were part of that scene. You can perfectly imagine how everything looked like based on the details the author gives you in the book/

Alex' character is kind of strange. She has an odd vibe floating around her, and I cannot describe what it was that made me dislike her. She's not very pleasant and egocentric most of the times. I just could not put myself in her position. So, these were some little things that made me feel a little withhold towards the story.

Long Story short: The story is 'okay' if you ask me. It just wasn't for me. The spaces and scenes were well written and made it a little interesting.

About the book:

  • Author: Leigh bardugo
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Themes: Ghosts/ Spirits, gifts, trust, ...
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Gollancz
  • Published: 14/10/2020
  • Number of pages: 480 pages
  • ISBN- Code: 9781473227989
  • Price: $15.99
  • Rating: * *