"Ninth House" by Leigh Bardugo
"All you children playing with fire, looking surprised when the house burns down."
― Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House
Ninth House is a fantasy/ mystery novel that follows Alex Stern as she attempts to navigate attending college, solving a murder mystery, and policing Yale's secret societies.
I wanted to love every second of this book, because I love Leigh Bardugo, but I almost didn't finish it. This dark fiction novel started slow for me, and I was confused for the majority of the book.
I wanted to love every second of this book because I love Leigh Bardugo, but of left field, but I could see where the plot was going. I also thought some scenes were unnecessary, including the bathroom scene.
Bardugo spends a lot of time developing the world, and because of that, I think the plot suffered. I still have a lot of questions about Alex's world, but for the amount of time she spent on exampling everything, you'd think I wouldn't be confused. There were also times where I thought the ghosts were too convenient.
I also hated the main character, Alex. I wanted to like her so bad, but most of the decisions she made I disagreed with. It was tough for me to relate to her.
My favorite part was toward the middle of the novel. Alex obtained the power to control other people, and she used it to get information from asshole frat brothers. I thought that scene was hilarious.
There were a lot of elements that I didn't like with this book. Mostly I hated that I couldn't relate to the main character, and I thought most of the book was borning.
Overall, I give Ninth House 2 out of 5 stars. I took stars away for stars for lack of character connectivity, boring plot, and predictability.
The good news is that I got the "first book in a series" vibes. Usually, I find the first book in the series to be the worst. For Ninth House, I wouldn't be surprised if the rest of the series gets better and better.