SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF NINTH HOUSE BY LEIGH BARDUGO
My rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars — the writing was beautiful though, but i didn’t understand half of it
yale’s secret societies, shrouded in ghosts and murders and lots of mystery. an anti-heroine that seems kind of off, but you can’t place a finger on why. a magic library (everyone’s dream, i know) that can find any book within seconds. all written by leigh bardugo, our queen of the grishaverse. this book is living my dark academia dreams-
i listened to the audiobook over 3 weeks, and i have to admit that it was slow and i fell asleep a few times. the jump in time from the future to the past and back again was done well in the audiobook, where a woman’s voice signified alex’s pov (present) and a man’s voice signified darlington’s pov (past). it showed many facets of the lethe house duo, while leaving an air of mystery that has the readers on the edge of their seats.
the characters in ninth house were alright; not the best, but not bad either. alex is a high school drop-out and homicide survivor, who was recruited into lethe (and offered a full ride to yale) because she can see ghosts, or “grays” as they’re called in the book. through the past and present pov’s, alex’s character is seen to have been more independant after darlington’s mysterious departure. she survived (surprise!) more trauma and she got through it. i stan this strong woman!! also she’s poc and i stan her even more! also the other side characters (darlington, dawes, sandow, etc) were also well written, and they each had distinct personalities. leigh used a lot of imagery to describe everyone, and they just all felt so real.
the only reason why this book received 3 stars and not higher was the pace of the book. it took a long time to explain everything, so i wasn’t really hooked until 3/4 of the way through. i think leigh bardugo has this problem with most, if not all, of her books — shadow and bone (review coming soon) is definitely slow to start, and so was six of crows in my opinion. however, i loved this book, and i need to reread it again to get all the details into my brain!
what did you think of ninth house? let me know in the comments!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo