The Ninth House

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“But would it have mattered if she’d been someone else? If she’d been a social butterfly, they would have said she liked to drink away her pain. If she’d been a straight-A student, they would have said she’d been eaten alive by her perfectionism. There were always excuses for why girls died.”

Alex has had a tough life. Growing up able to see “Grey’s” has caused her life to take unexpected turns, dropping out of high school, dead-beat boyfriends, and being the only survivor of a terrible homicide. Waking up in a hospital, she is offered a second chance, a life at Yale, keeping an eye on the occult secret societies. Getting your life back together isn’t easy when nothing is as it seems and the rich and famous have plans that are hard to believe.

I can’t say I know much about the inner workings of elite campuses like Yale, but I believe I understand it a little better now. I fully admit that I picture Alex’s dorm room like Rory’s in Gilmore Girls, because that is the extent of my knowledge of Yale. Though definitely a sci-fi read, the background of a college campus really grounds the unbelievable. There is a lot of darkness and entitlement weaved through the pages. The mix of witchcraft, magic, rich kids, and intrigue make a story both intricate and original. My only downside for the book is that it is a series and now I have to wait to emerge myself back into this world.

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

If you enjoy a good sci-fi/fantasy read, I would highly recommend! Bardugo does an amazing job at introducing you to her world of magic, but if you aren’t used to sci-fi/fantasy novels, it may take a little bit to get into the world.

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