In Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, Galaxy “Alex” Stern can see dead people. A high school, druggie dropout is offered an Ivy League education at Yale University in exchange for becoming part of a Secret Society that polices the other Secret Societies. It’s a two-fold mystery, one that unfolds when a series of eerily similar murders occur across two centuries, and one surrounding Alex’s abilities, she’s a bit unusual in that she can see greys (or ghosts) in color.
If you’re not a fan of secret societies, magic, or paranormal activities, then steer clear of this one. Otherwise this was a fantastic read. I’m intrigued by Alex and her abilities and can’t wait to see how she develops further. There is a small hint that maybe the Fae are involved? Not to mention the disappearance of her partner/boyfriend into a black hole.
· “I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me.”
· “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.”
· “And maybe he wanted her to be the kind of girl who dressed as Queen Mab, who loved words and had stars in her blood.”
· “He needed her and she needed him. That was how most disasters began.”
· “You couldn’t keep sidling up to death and dipping your toe in. Eventually it grabbed your ankle and tried to pull you under.”
· The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
· The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
· Gideon of the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
4 out of 5 stars
I definitely want to tune in for the next installment, but I’m not sure that I think this book is re-readable.