Ninth House Epub ↠ Hardcover


Ninth House ARC acuired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review “There were always excuses for why girls died” Ninth House is a love letter to living and surviving unspeakable abuse This is a book all about trauma and PTSD and healing in any and every way that you can This is a book for victims who have felt they will never get the piece of them back that someone forcefully took This is a book for anyone who was willing to do anything to feel empowered after something horrible occurred This is a book about the dark and the light and the in between phases a human can go through to get their voice backBut this is also a story about a girl named Galaxy Stern or Alex who is from LA but is now across the country and studying at Yale The book continuously switches back and forth from Late Spring to Winter so we get to see what happened in the past and the ramifications it causes for present day AlexIn the Winter we get to see her starting Yale meeting a man named Darlington and learning all about the nine secret societies at Yale with secret magical rituals that they perform Lethe recruits a new freshman every three years to join sixteen seniors every year where they gain knowledge of the occult And Alex was picked because she has a very sought after ability that she has been running from her entire life Also it is Lethe House’s responsibility as the ninth house to keep the others in order and make sure they aren’t doing bad thingsIn the Spring everything is different and Alex is struggling with the weight of so much From missing people to ghosts who are paying her too much attention to a girl being murdered that Alex can’t help but think was because of one of the secret societies and she is willing to do anything to solve the case Even if that means making a deal with one of the ghosts she is supposed to be ignoring “But the trouble had begun on a night in the full dark of winter when Tara Hutchins died and Alex still thought she might get away with everything” Sounds pretty amazing right And I’m telling you this book’s atmosphere along with the campus setting it was a perfect combination Also you all know that I think Leigh’s writing is a tier above most The uotes I was able to pull from this book They take the breath from my lungs even upon rereading themAlso this book has a beautiful discussion about privilege and power dynamics Leigh does not hold back truth of what white rich privileged boys and how they feel they are entitled to any and everything and God bless her for that Cycles of abuse and entitlement truly can be passed down leaving terrible things in their wake which will impact so many victims for their entire lives Unchecked privilege is a terrifying thing friends And Leigh is not scared to go there in the terrible acts they commit to the horrible ends they deserve and I really appreciated it and it may have been my favorite element of this book “Beautiful boys who should be happy who wanted for nothing but still found things to take” But you all are probably wondering why I gave this book three stars I’m going to be brutally honest not much happened in this book and surely enough didn’t happen for this book to be almost 500 pages I feel like you could easily cut this book in half and it would have been way impactful and way exciting to read As much as I loved the healing of this book and I loved the premise of secret societies all about the occult I just felt so damn bored by reading this book It started to feel like a chore to pick up and this book took me twice the amount of time it would normally take me to readIt also started to feel so formulaic where something really bad and heartbreaking would happen past or present then we’d have 50 pages of nothing and then something even worse happens then 50 of nothing I will never lessen anyone’s trauma or how they choose to write and heal about it but this book just made me feel nothing and then immeasurably uncomfortably and sadness back to back to back and it made for a really not great reading experience for me Also my favorite character was for sure Darlington and I really wish we could have seen so much of him And lastly the ending sort of wrapped this story up I guess But it just left me desiring so much and not in a good way if I’m being honestSo let’s talk about the elephant in the room I picked this book up the day before twitter exploded about the trigger warnings I will be honest it made for such a strange reading experience because I felt like everyone was looking at me even though I was only 100 pages into this book At the end of this review like always I will have all the trigger warnings that I found listed This is a dark book with very dark themes and elements and some extremely dark scenes Alex truly has horrible things happen to her and her loved ones throughout her short life I highly recommend you make sure you are in a safe headspace before picking this one up because a few of these triggers are not my own but they still really bothered me to read “People didn’t need magic to be terrible to each other” Overall this was a disappointment for me This was easily my most anticipated release of 2019 besides ueen of Nothing and maybe I just put it on a pedestal subconsciously I do think this one will be polarizing upon release and I have friends who love this than me and dislike this than me Honestly I’m in this weird middle ground where I loved the setting and atmosphere but I didn’t love the story or characters I will probably still pick up the next installment I think I’m just going to go into it with lower expectationsBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationContent and Trigger Warnings drug use overdosing murder death loss of a loved one rituals gore PTSD depiction grief depiction self harm bloodletting rape child 12 rape it is only two pages but it is very graphic statutory rape 15 sexual assault forced sexual assault on video talk of suicide blackmail physical abuse a magical date rape drug forced eating of human waste to a rapist and racism always in a negative light DNF pg 146I actually cannot do it I can't finish it I wanted to like this book so bad and then I just wanted to finish it so bad but it's sending me into a serious book slump I'm giving upAfter struggling through the first 100 pages I decided to take a break read something else and then come back to it Sometimes it's the timing you know So I went and read a good portion of Isaacson's The Innovators got myself neck deep in some uantum computing because after reading that some magical Yale mystery has got to blow my socks off right But I only forced myself through another 46 pages before my eyes were glazing over and I started mentally screaming holy shit Please tell me again how transistors are made PleaseI saw a couple of people say they were hoping Ninth House would be like The Magicians and were disappointed that it wasn't but I gotta say I found the first 146 pages of this book to be exactly like The Magicians Unbelievable pretentiousness almost constant highbrow intellectual references nothing actually happening If it was marketed somewhere that this book was like The Magicians then I completely missed that I had been worried about all the promise of dark themes some of the trigger warnings sounded downright revolting but I never expected Bardugo to write something so cold aloof and boring Normally when I don't finish a book I ask people to spoil the ending for me but I genuinely do not care what happensIf you are new to Bardugo I still recommend checking out the Six of Crows duology Far gripping than thisBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Yesssss I finished this book in one hour and got all references at one time I turned into most intelligent book reading machine and started to turn two pages at a time because my mind can already feel what’s written at the next page unbelievable isn’t it I didn’t get bored I didn’t yawn or complain about my heavy eyelids because I was so alert and concentrated And of course I loved those characters so much I never had an urge to slap one of them or hate any of them They were memorable amazing marvelous and fantasticSo after finishing this book I went my culinary class and all of the students clapped me because I cooked an amazing soufflé macaroons and paella in only 20 minutesThen I got a phone call from my husband suggested me to move to France and as a surprise he bought me a vineyard so we can raise our own grapes and produce our own wines whaaaattt And at home Netflix CEO and Martin Scorsese were waiting for me playing with dogs drinking my Chardonnay They bended on their knees and begged me to work with them as my neighbors giving me a trophy for being “the most honorable and loveable neighbor of the city” COME AGAINThen I heard a voice and realized Tom Ellis standing in our living room asking me “Tell me what is that you truly desire” YesssssTHEN I SUDDENLY WOKE UP Oh Come on Martie and Lucifer Morningstar weren’t at my house Damn itDo you know why Because first 100 pages of this book gave me an urge to perform hara kiri by using my kindle I even found myself murmuring Japanese words Only Japanese words I know the menu of my favorite sushi place so this book made me achieve something impossibleSo if you know my address you can stop by for throwing rotten tomatoes eggs and screaming “Idiot What’s wrong with you Aren’t you intelligent enough to understand the story” But at first you need to pass my crazy neighbor who sings BOYZ II Men songs day and night I’m not exaggerating yesterday I woke up with his singing “End of the road” in the most ear bleeding tuneI read too many good reviews and I truly love this author’s works and this is at the top of my most anticipated books of this year So as soon as I get my hands on it I jumped up down danced yelled and somersaulted As a summary I did all those mature things a regular 40 years old crazy lady could performBut as soon as I started to read I thought that something wrong with me because I felt like I disconnected with the book as if somebody pulled off my plug or turned my brain cells’ functioning off I felt like Jim Carrey from Dumb and Dumber giving blank looks to the walls as my saliva is dripping down on my chin So I read first 100 pages at 5 hours Can you believe it You cannot But it’s true And I didn’t totally get anything So I gave short breaks popped up my fish oil tablets I thought they could help my mind to function fasterI kept repeating myself “This is the same author who wrote Six of Crows right Maybe I’m at the alternate universe and I read different version of book or too much Chardonnay finally turned me into regular brainless Hollywood person” So the intriguing blurb of Galaxy Stern aka Alex who suffered from big traumas abuse too many horrible things finally makes a fresh start by starting to study in Yale She meets with Darlington definitely not my darling who informs her about nine secret societies and their rituals As the season turns into spring we see that Alex still fights with her past demons and a girl’s murder triggers her traumatic experiences She is so adamant to solve the case even though it means she has to face the ghosts of her old lifeSo this seems like my kind of story I actually like It’s dark It’s wild There is a big mystery Magical rituals mystery a tormented but strong heroineBUT My expectations are flying in the sky because I know this author has one of the most talented brains on the earth But the story telling are so slow and those intelligent references seemed like too pretentious and made me confused and lost I pushed myself too hard to finish like a job or a secret mission but reading shouldn’t be a torture or obligation You read it because you love the books and you love how they make you feel But this book didn’t make me relaxed happy entertained excited it just suffocated meI couldn’t relate with Alex Darlington and I tried my best but I didn’t like Sandow Hellie Dawlos tooSo maybe I decided to read this in a wrong time Maybe I had a focusing problem or I’m in a dark mood when winter comes or I didn’t feel like to read something like that But unfortunately this is not my cup of tea I hate by the way Let’s say not cup of my almond milk latteYou may expel me to the minority city and punish me to have a few days without my kindle or boo me for my review but these are my thoughts This book didn’t work for mebloginstagramfacebooktwitter CONGRATULATIONS Goodreads Choice Awards Adult Fantasy Winner I am a daughter of Lethe and the wolves are at the doorHello friends and good evening Do me a favor will you Could you all please stand up Thank you Now if you're a fan of dark fantasyhorror and stories involving occult magic please remain standing; everyone else can sit down Remain standing if you also retain the ability to push through a read that has a slew of triggers such as sexual assault graphic rape of a 12 year old girl murder gore death drug abuseoverdose possession the forced eating of excrement to a rapist and many subjects Great now also remain standing if you are ok with reading a book where you are dropped into the middle of a world much like our own but you have no idea what's going on and have to figure it out as you go at a slow burning pace until all is revealed If you're still with me follow me to the next portion; the rest of you may be excusedWhy the dramatics Chels Well to be fair this book won't be for everyone I'll go as far as saying that it won't be for a majority of people Ninth House is an extremely dark and heavy read one that is well written and plotted but contains many aspects that are so niche that I can't imagine a majority of Bardugo's YA fantasy fans crossing over into this realm Many of my close trusted friends have struggled with this book and I highly respect their opinions and reasons for not resonating with it and if you're looking for a wonderful objective 3 star review to offset mine I suggest you read Melanie's HEREIf you're still with me I'd like to take a moment and break down into sections just what ground the book covers There will be no major spoilers but if you want to go in blind without any sense of what the book is about stop here That was what magic did It revealed the heart of who you'd been before life took away your belief in the possible It gave back the world all lonely children longed for That was what Lethe had done for him Maybe it could do that for Alex as wellThe book opens with a touch of an ending and abruptly brings us back to what I will refer to as Present Day We are dropped directly into Alex's daily schedule and over the course of the first 150 pages or so we slowly gather information on the various secret societies at Yale how magic is involved and snippets of Alex's past that lead her to Yale in the first place This is the section where the book weeds out those who bought this because it's one of the most popular new releases of 2019 and those who are genuinely interested in dark ADULT fantasy Once we get a general sense of this alternate contemporary world we realize there are two mysteries at hand One is the murder of a local and there appears to have been magic involved Who killed her and for what purpose This particular mystery does tie into the next mystery I'll be mentioning but suffice it to say that this murder is solved and completely wrapped up in this first installment The second mystery is the disappearance of Alex's mentor Darlington This mystery receives answers but will continue on into the seuel Along the way Alex teams up with a few human people and also Grays spirits of the deceased that still roam the earth to solve both mysteries while also revealing the entirety of Alex's background and how she came to be at Yale I'll be honest I had my doubts in the beginning When I say that the pacing is slow I mean it is S L O W The audio version of Ninth House features two of my favorite narrators and I found that this format worked best for me in the beginning and I enjoyed it so much that I mostly listened to the entire book rather than reading my hard copy Once the ball gets rolling I became fully engrossed I can't tell you how interesting it was to read about all of these real societies with the added flair of magical abilities Bardugo created a world that felt eerily realistic; no detail is left untouched and she used the old Stephen King method of make it real but change the slightest detail to make it not real and this worked beautifully After a majority of the book being the slow burn the ending is absolute bonkers in the best way Wild action packed and with a few twists I did not see coming I felt the ending was brilliant; it wasn't a cliffhanger but it did leave me ready and wanting to come back for I'll stop before I ramble on but I'd like to cautiously recommend this book with gusto If you've read it I'd love to chat with you about it If you decide this isn't for you I respect that and I can't wait for the next book we get to chat about together This was honestly really disappointingI enjoyed the beginning the world the school setting and the magic seemed interesting but it went downhill fast Soon it was clear that Darlington was the only thing interesting and he wasn’t there for most of the book so blehGenerous 2 star So much potential but did not care for the story at all and frankly the last 3 hours of the audiobook could have simply not existed There were always excuses for why girls diedTo answer your uestion yes it really is that goodNinth House and I had a bit of a slow start The new world that Bardugo has created might not be set in a fictional fantasy universe but it features enough new concepts characters and settings that it takes some time to take it all in Not only does every character have an alias and maybe even a nickname so do the buildings at Yale And since all my Yale knowledge is based on that cute little courtyard from Gil Girls I struggled to figure out where and who and what was going on As soon as I had grasped all of that though I was unable to resist the pull of this dark compelling murderous bookI don't know where to start The book was sombre and thrilling brimming with ancient mysteries magic and the promise of danger The characters were incredibly well painted my favourites being Turner and Dawes The plot was thought out and until the very end it was tense and exciting My only criticism comes with the one or other reveal during the final showdown Bardugo dropped enough clues here and there that the reader could have figured out who might have been behind the murder at the centre of this novel That is until the plot is twisted yet again and delivers an explanation that adds new possibilities that no reader could have suspected It was drawn up out of thin air and therefore not as genius as I had expected it to beNow be warned If this book is one thing it's violent There are some graphic scenes that show sexual abuse There is trauma and pain and it's not glossed over I've seen people get mad at Leigh because she chose to show these horrible acts of violence They accused her of exploiting the pain for shock value I cannot agree with them The novel is deeply feminist and shows characters with a past that is tough that made them survivors Readers also have no right to know whether the scenes in the book are based on the author's personal experiences She doesn't have to justify writing about sexual abuse by proving that she has been in a similar position I do however agree that the book needs trigger warningsI honestly can't wait for the seuel I mean I personally don't care about redacted and whether they'll manage to save them or not but the world that Bardugo created is so rich and leaves so much to discover that I wouldn't mind another three to five books It feels like Alex Stern only just got started kicking assFind of my books on Instagram 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 herStill 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 sinister and extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive the power that that has the intelligence that that has the clearance that that has the access that that has the influence that that has the profile that that has the international implications that that has 45 loved Review to come


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