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Ninth House

(Alex Stern #1)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Melanie

ARC acquired 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.
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Flatiron Books
CONGRATULATIONS-Goodreads Choice Awards Adult Fantasy Winner!

"I am a daughter of Lethe, and the wolves are at the door."

Hello 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 fantasy/horror 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
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Emily May
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2019, paranormal-uf
DNF - pg 146.

I 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 up.

After 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 quantum computing, because after reading that, some
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
I'm going to retreat into this story and personally give Darlington a massage. His back muscles must be so tired from carrying the entire weight of this book.

RTC.

Trigger Warnings (courtesy of Roe): rape of a child, sexual assault under influence of a magical drug, drowning, heavy violence, gore, drug addiction, overdosing, death, suicide, blackmail, self-harm, and forced consumption of human waste.
Nick
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Kai
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist-as-fuck
"There were always excuses for why girls died."

To answer your question: yes, it really is that good.

Ninth 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
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This was honestly…. really disappointing.

I 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… bleh.

Generous 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 :/
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"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. "

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-dnf @30%-
I don't think I have ever been more disappointed in myself for not being able to love this book. Leigh Bardugo continues to be my queen of fantasy, this one was just a complete and utter miss for me.
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*all the sighs*
I'm still not certain that this review will get all my thoughts across. I'm
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Emma Giordano
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Review to come!
jessica
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
leigh bardugo is synonymous with five stars, as far as im concerned.

so believe the hype because its real, its here, and its very adult.

alex stern is doing slytherin proud.

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the hot trend for 2019 is snakes on covers and it makes me wish i was a slytherin. their brand/culture is t h r i v i n g.


5 stars
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Sabaa Tahir
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is just fabulous. It has excellent worldbuilding; deep, dark mystery; fascinating characters that you root for even when you don't like their choices; a twisty, original and unexpected plot that had me guessing all the way until the end. Highly, highly recommend.
karen
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST FANTASY 2019! what will happen?

THIS happened! WINNER! goodreads choice awards best fantasy 2019!

There were always excuses for why girls died.

i am going to review this carefully, for all of you who were too cool or too civilized to run for copies at BEA and have to wait for october to grab a copy. me, i regret nothing.

when i first heard about this book, there was only a little teaser of a synopsis available, and when i finally got my hands on
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Teodora
4/5

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf

me: *seeing the whole anarchy this book has created* I wonder if I too can ruin my life
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Oh, behold the majestic weird shit that I am, reading my first Leigh Bardugo book ever!

YES. You may laugh at me and judge me and all that, but honestly, this book has created some serious anarchy after publication, a type of anarchy that made me stop and think: “If this book makes people feel so intense, then it is a make it or break it for me for sure”. This
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• Lindsey Dahling •
I should start this by saying had anyone other than Queen Leigh Bardugo written this, I would have given it 1 star. There's also a 90% chance this would be on my DNF shelf.

Things I liked:

1. Darlington
He was the most likable character in the book for me, but even he fell flat. I get it, Dar. You love the big old mansion you inherited. What else do you have going for you? (Jury is still out on that one.)

2. ....................

Welp. I've just realized that I liked literally nothing else about the
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY WOW.

This was something else - incredible writing, so atmospheric, bloody, gruesome, intense.

The ending was RUDE, I need the next book NOW!

Content warning: sexual assault including child rape & date rape drug, self-harm, suicide, physical abuse, overdose, violence, murder.
Cardan Greenbriar
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: panicking
after reading drunk hangover:

oh i'm sorry did i make a mistake?

The Darkling didn't make the cover

The Darkling is the whole book himself

And Leigh was cackling behind

pre reading:
Two theories:

Either The Darkling made the cover

or

The cover is The Darkling
Hamad
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“MORS VINCIT OMNIA”

This time I decided to bring you my review immediately without the usual RTC because with a rating like that, everyone is curious and many people already asked me to review this one and what my thoughts are on it.

I need to make some things clear before you come to put my head on a pike! Bardugo is one of my favorite authors, I read all her books, I do own all her books (Including the collector’s edition of SoC and CK) so if you think
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Cindy Pham
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this as a murder mystery and I appreciate the level of care that Bardugo puts into the world building and atmosphere. She builds intrigue and tension throughout the story, though I can understand why some people might find this too slow for their tastes. The dual storylines are a little hard to follow at first because there's so much to know about the world from the beginning, but I was able to get into the hang of it and just focused on enjoying watching things unravel. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Love that damn cover!!







The Audible edition is fantastic! You can skim through any trigger stuff, I do that with everything. I will reread it when/if my Waterstones special edition gets here. FYI: A very interesting interview with Leigh on the Audible edition!

Mel
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Kat
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, fantasy
why couldn’t the whole book be like the last 100 pages??
emma
QUEEN LEIGH HAS DONE IT AGAIN.

review to come / 4.5 stars might change to 5 WHO KNOWS

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currently reading updates

IT'S HAPPENING.

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tbr review

going to need my copy of this to hurry up and GET HERE thx

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to give you an idea of how much i'm anticipating this:

i've only preordered 2 books in my life.

this is one of them.
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
I JUST DIED. A NEW LEIGH BARDUGO BOOK.

JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY NOW.
Tucker
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tucker by: Macmillan Books

Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

[12/10/19] - Congratulations, Leigh Bardugo, on winning the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy!!!

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I totally forgot to tell you guys that, in an interview at the end of my audio file, Leigh stated:
"I am, alas, not a shapeshifter but if you give me a large pizza I can shift into a slightly bigger version of myself."

if that's not the biggest mood ever...

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”It is only through mystery
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C.G. Drews
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok so this? THIS is the dark academia book I've been longing for. It is super hyped and I mean, of course: it's Leigh Bardugo! We are on the cusp of a Grisha Netflix show, we're hanging out for the sequel to King of Scars, we have the entire sprawling Grisha series being a founding stone of YA. This is her ninth novel (heh; that worked out well) and I was super keen to see her flex her writing prowess into a new genre and shape.

The whole story is a vicious story of vindictive revenge, of murders
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Hah yeah I will never not read something Leigh Bardugo writes.
✨ A ✨
Mar 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
I am so excited for this book but people, know what you can handle. Remember that your mental health should be your priority.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: [Click the spoiler tag] (view spoiler)

Bardugo's own (slightly vague) warning.

Make no mistake I am not trying to dissuade anyone from reading this book, but I do believe TW's need to be
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2019-books
Solid. Good but not great.

Most of time I was just confused.

This book is non linear in terms of explanation and story. Great pros and cons, but there were more misses than hits.

Also the amount of people accusing Leigh for these graphic scenes of violence all for shock factor.....this tells me 2 things.

1) They've never read an adult/thriller book with graphic elements before because.....LOL.

2) They're coming from the wave that is YA from Leigh's previous books and this was their, 'dip the foot
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MischaS_
I'm not really sure how to start this... Bardugo's books always sound like something I'm going to love. Her characters sound like the type of characters I'm going to adore. However, in the past, I started two of her books, and I do not believe I did get past chapter three in either of those.

And then this book came, I fell love in with the cover. The blurb seemed fantastic. Reviews came, and it seemed so twisted, I book I would love. Then I noticed that the friends' average rating was way lower
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Emma
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****OUT TODAY****

Hope you all love this as much as I did!


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I can’t remember the last time I wanted to step into a book so much, be part of a world so desperately. Even with all the danger, with the pain and darkness and death, it’s a place that feels like possibility

…..

‘She always told me there’s no doorway the devil doesn’t know. He’s always waiting to stick his foot in. I never really believed her until tonight.’


Alex Stern is no hero. Life has given her a serious Fuck You in the form of a
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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh's newsletter here.) Her short ...more

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