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Welcome back BnB fam! grab your copy of Ninth House, a cup of your favourite beverage and snuggle into your cozy blanket so we can get started with this discussion!
! SPOILER ALERT ! The following post contains spoilers for the chapters 1 to 5. So unless you’ve read them, DON’T PROCEED ! SPOILER ALERT !
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Let me be honest, I don't know what to even talk about. All I want to do is screech like a demon and flail around because Leigh Bardugo is a queen.
Let's first talk about the genre. I'm here for this whole urban fantasy meets dark academia vibe of Ninth House. Like I just want to make a dozen mood boards and aesthetic boards for this book. Also I intensively researched Yale and it's secret societies. In case you haven't noticed yet, I'M OBSESSED.
I'm loving all the diary entries at the end of each chapter by the way! They add so much more to the world building and knowing Bardugo, I'd suggest paying close attention to the entries.
So the characters! Alex is intriguing but not the kind of MC you fall in love with immediately. But like her or hate her, you definitely can't ignore her. right from the epilogue you know there's so much more to her past and I remember wabting to know her backstory so badly! She sure is super intriguing and mysterious and I'm sure all of you are looking forward to know more about what happened to her and about Hellie.
Okay Daniel Arlington is like a mix of Ravenclaw and Slytherin and honestly, i just adore him. Not in a book boyfriend way yet but I find him more relatable in many ways. His desire for knowledge, wanting to be prepared for everything and being moody about sudden changes and everything? I 100% get that. I feel ya man.
MURDER MYSTERIES ARE MY FAVE. Okay that makes me sound morbid but
okay I had to do it. Sherlock would approve. The murder mystery is just getting started and I can't wait as Alex unearths it all.
Okay so the magic part of it and the secret societies. I'M OBSESSED. Trust me guys, look up the secret societies and all the conspiracy theories behind it all. It's super interesting. Also the magic in Ninth House! I NEED MORE! I loved that part about the moths and basically everything that Darlington tells Alex.
And generally I don't like it when books go backl and forth. Just makes it confusing but Bardugo being the queen that she is, does it SO WELL. It made me want to turn the pages faster and know what's happening!
Also let's face it. It's dark and I'm here to tell you, it gets DARKER. If you thought that weird prognostication scene in Chapter one was dark, you've seen nothing yet. No spoilers for the rest of the book but if you want trigger warnings, they're just below this gif.
- rape, physical and mental abuse, child rape, drug abuse, date rape, overdose, self harm, murder -
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Uma @books.bags.burgers is a crazy albeit nice book dragon who when not decoding the human existence in secret labs, spends the day bemoaning her lack of pastel books and trying to make sure her TBR doesn't kill her overnight.