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Ninth House Readalong - Day #3

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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 11 to 16. So unless you’ve read them, DON’T PROCEED ! SPOILER ALERT !

-S P O I L E R S-

I DON'T TRUST SANDOW. Like I can't help it but i just don't trust him at all for some reason.

And Dawes totally kicked his ass figuratively when he victim shamed Alex! GO DAWES!

OKAY SO THE BRIDEGROOM. Yes he's a ghost but I kinda like him lol. Like I feel he's gonna be more helpful to Alex than the Lethe are. Just a feeling. Also Darlington was looking into that case? INTRIGUING. ALSO FRACK THE UNDERWORLD THING. Alex is a badass queen and just that scene had me biting my nails!

And aww Danny! His parents are the worst! I'm so glad he never gave up on the house! hHe deserves way better. I JUST HOPE HE IS SAFE PLEASE! And it's interesting to note Sandow found him too and offered a chance to him. Sandow everywhere. I'm finding it fishy.

 TRIPP IS SUCH A DUMBASS. I hate him, like I mean he's maybe not that terrible but he just disgusts me.. I feel the same way as Alex about him.

I HATE BLAKE SO MUCH THAT LITTLE SHIT!! Poor Mercy. Those few chpaters made my blood boil and the anger I felt OH MY GOD. HOW DARE HE? How dare those guys? HOW DARE ANYONE DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT??

WHAT ALEX DID! Ugh it felt so satisfying and I loved Mercy's words at the end of Chapter 16. You girls rock. Bardugo deals with these terrible people so well, giving them a taste of their own medicine. I love how she handles such deplorable humans in her books. Remember that particular scene from Ruin and Rising?

-L E T    U S   D I S C U S S -

What do you think of the Bridegroom?? What do you think of Dawes and Sandow? HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT TO KILL BLAKE?

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  • Avika

    I am very satisfied with the newfound comraderie between Dawes and Alex. Also relieved that minus Darlington she has an ally still.
    The entire relationship with the Bridegroom is pretty interesting, and I feel he will prove helpful. The same cannot be said for Sandow though.
    Very intriguing how we are getting introduced to each society’s strength one by one, each more terrifying than the last.
    Lastly the fate of Blake had me actually retching. I desperately wish I hasn’t read that bit.


    These particular set of chapters gave me hope for all of them. I always thought that Darlington got everything easy. He is rich. He has his own house (as we had come to know when Alex spends the night in his bedroom dreaming about him), and a big one at that! So it had never left my mind that he belonged at Yale. Everything had come naturally to him. His backstory is equally, if not more heartbreaking and profound as Alex’s. I almost wanted to reach out for the poor kid sleeping under his grandpa’s clothes when they pulled out electricity.
    We also delve a little deeper into the magical world of New Haven and how things actually work around here. Bonding with a Gray is frowned upon and definitely not preferred but Alex being Alex will do whatever it takes to bring justice to Tara now that whoever it is that was involved has declared war.
    I also loved the empathetic side of Alex, the way she regretted that she had forgotten about the promise she had made to mercy and immediately went for her rescue even though she had more pressing matters to handle and manage which almost took her life, to begin with.
    I fall in love with these characters more and more as the story progresses.

  • Anupama C K

    I’m excited that there is another mystery to be solved, because of the Bridegroom. I didn’t like Dawes much before, but now I do, she was awesome with Sandow. Sandow seems to know more than what he is letting on. Blake was disgusting, i’m glad that Alex gave him a dose of his own medicine.
    How did Lance and Tara have access to Merity? I loved the underworld crossover thing.
    This is the first time I’m reading a fantasy which has drug abuse, rape, victim shaming and I’m in awe

  • Belinda Smith

    The moment of friendship blooming between Alex and Dawes!! I breathed a sigh of relief after hearing Darlington was just vanished….. not dead!!!!

    Pamela is standing up for Alex!!! YES!!! Girl power!!!! 🔥🔥🔥 I don’t like Sandow … I feel like he would do anything to sustain himself.

    The deductions!!! Alex is a smart cookie!!! The body placed in the heart of the New Eden!! WOW!!! Soo awesome!🤩🤩🤩
    She is gonna get help from the Bridegroom!!!!
    Lethe Days Diary entries are hilarious!!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    The Bridegroom is kinda cute… I liked him when he saved Alex from the gluma. I like him now as he seems very eager to help her!
    Darlington was looking into his case..?? Soo cryptic!

    Danny’s story was so sad. I am pissed at his parents! Get me more details on him!!! More chapters!

    Alex is so sassy!! She is so fearless… tat is so cool!! I wanna keep reading her retorts more!!!

    SUCH PIGS!!! Absolute filth!! I am beyond pissed!!! Blake and his little group of friends are the worst! He deserves it! I was squeamish while reading it BUT he deserved it!!! And MORE!!! No one else should even think of using magic like this AGAIN!!!

  • Kulsum

    Before I unpack my thoughts can I just say that I NEED that pin collection that yall will be launching!
    Back to NH
    »» When Dawes stood up for Alex? P o w e r f u l
    »» i need more Darlington chapters! AND I NEED HIM ALIVE AND WELL PLEASE
    »» I like the bridegroom, Alex making him uncomfortable while strangling salome was so hilarious 😂
    »» every time Alex roll her eyes i imagine it like Rosa Diaz’s eyeroll from brooklyn 99 lol
    »» I think the murmur Alex heard from the dead when she met The Bridegroom was aome sort of clue?i might be wrong so we’ll see
    »»both Darlington and Alex were offered a olace in Lethe by the Dean in their hospital beds….. Coincidence?
    »» I love Dawes and how she take care of Alex, if anything happens to her I’ll RIOT
    »»oh i also LOVE Turner! And i love how Alex enjoys annoying him 😂
    »» honestly EVERY character is so interesting and likable!
    »»People like Tripp and Blake deserves to CHOKE on.shit and worse, i wish Blake gets arrested, that humiliation was well deserved but it doesn’t do all the girls Justice

    I think we’re getting to the part of the story when at least some of the mystery unfolds and I’m glad that at least some of my curiosity will be satisfied!

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