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Ninth House

por Leigh Bardugo

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Galaxy "Alex" Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless "tombs" are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.… (mais)
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    Legendborn por Tracy Deonn (Aquila)
    Aquila: Pairing these because they both are about magic hidden in secret societies on old college campuses, I like what Tracey Deonn does with that a lot more.
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--->The shortest review:
I regret standing in line at BookExpo this year trying to get an advance copy of this book. After reading this, I'm glad I didn't - now I don't have a book on my hands that I have to get rid of. Bless my local library.

--->The short review:
By far the most disappointing release of the year for me. "Ninth House" doesn't know what kind of book it is and stumbles through a hackneyed supernatural quasi-mystery plot that is at once both incredibly dry and needlessly convoluted. Even the plot themes that addressed privilege and class structures fell short and felt more like "look at me, I'm WOKE" lip-service than an actual discussion and/or critique on relevant topics.
I won't be reading the sequel, and honestly? This book is giving me hesitation about picking up other Bardugo titles, despite having utterly adored her Six of Crows duology.

--->The longer review via bulletpoints: (contains spoilers and mention of rape)
(Also it's kind of a mess because I don't care to write a smoother one ¯_(ツ)_/¯ )

* There were a couple of okay points. First, Bardugo TRIES to take a look at the abuse of privilege, particularly the rich Yale students who run the Houses of the Veil. There is a LOT of shady and downright disgusting behavior happening here, and the main character Alex becomes increasingly aware of it and calls it out at times. Her big argument is that these Houses shouldn't be using their power like this and cannot run around unchecked, yet Alex herself uses her powers in awful ways and also runs around unchecked (this is speaking broadly: there are a couple exceptions). I see where Alex is working to fight for justice (such as retaliation towards Blake for raping Mercy), and on one level I get it- Alex is fighting fire with fire and trying to (kind of ?) correct things. But on another level, all I see is two groups of people (the Houses/Yale and Alex) running around, hurling horrible magic at each other, and letting others deal with the consequences. It's all just one giant blur of everyone being up their own asses.

* This plot spirals out of control and pulls on various subplots, creating an inconsistent narrative. I had such a difficult time following the huge array of houses, people and names, timelines, buildings, years, etc. It also tries to cover so many topics, but everything just ends up being spread very thin? Again, it's a lot of quips about women/privilege/law/etc, but never offers up a deeper look at these things. Things are thrown in and then never addressed again, or vice versa. For example: the final reveal about "the Honey-eater"?!?!?! WHERE did that come from?? I literally never cared about this character, AND I don't know what "Honey-eater" is supposed to mean? It felt random and uninspired, much like other various points.

* Speaking of which: I saw no point for the ghost rape scene in the bathroom. I'm not going to say a ton on it, just that it didn't aid to the development of the overall plot. It felt again like Bardugo trying to prove she could write "adult" content, but it came off as voyeuristic and unnecessary.

* The magic system makes little sense. I once went to a writing class taught by Holly Black, and she said something about creating magic systems that really stuck with me: "When anything is possible, nothing is." The magic in "Ninth House" is malleable and subjective to whatever Bardugo wants to happen. For example, at one point we are told that healing magic isn't stable/reliable because common people practice it (like doctors). Yet a few pages later after Alex is beaten nearly to death and had broken ribs and internal bleeding, she can just climb into a magic gold tub and be healed in a couple hours? When one rule about magic is established, it is later broken or changed in order to move the plot along.

* Not really a fault but just annoying: his book is Yale porn. I got so sick of getting dates about when a part of Yale was built, or what these eighteen random Yale buildings look like, or how flippin' prestigious Yale is... also, did I mention this book is set at Yale? Don't worry, you'll be force fed this fact in the first half of the novel.

*I just in general was never inspired to care about these characters. None of them. Even Alex, who we're probably supposed to root for, was uninteresting. We get it: she's used drugs (which she was somehow magically cured of?), she had tattoos, she's from California - Alex borderline says the fateful "I'm not like other girls line" when she remarks how every girl at Yale dresses alike. Although it's never blatantly stated, Alex oozes with that Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way-energy (if you know, you know ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
Minu jaoks ei läinud see raamat kuni lõpuni käima, erinevait Grisha maailma lugudest. Asusin suure hooga kallale - Bardugo loovestmisoskus ja tänapäevane kolledžikeskond, eks ole, mis saab valesti minna? -, aga siis käis vedru maha ja vunki enam üles ei saanudki. Ei olnud halb, aga selline ... mehh. ( )
  sashery | Jan 29, 2024 |
This was an excellent modern fantasy and a promising beginning of a new series. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Ninth House was sold to me as a clever, genre-defying crime novel. This is not exactly how I would describe it. It's basically Buffy goes to college (with a hard-luck backstory and a massive chip on her shoulder). The writing is well paced, and has the compulsive quality needed for genre fiction. The characters are mostly cardboard. The Yale setting is pretty, but it seems to have been chosen largely as an excuse to 'stick it to the man'. I don't think I'll bother with the second book in the series. ( )
  Lirmac | Jan 16, 2024 |
I mainly read children's books, so this was shockingly violent for me. I also found it super scary, though I fully admit I'm a wimp. It was on a lot of Harry-Potter-for-Adults lists, which is not wrong, but it reminded me more of [b:The Screaming Staircase|13555073|The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)|Jonathan Stroud|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1369670906l/13555073._SY75_.jpg|19125429].

My own personal tag line for this book: "This isn't Rory Gilmore's Yale."

I thought the mystery aspect of the book was really well done. The characters are great, too. The world-building was good, but I had this nagging feeling that things didn't really make sense. I listened to the audiobook (great narrators) which meant I lost the thread sometimes. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
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Galaxy "Alex" Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless "tombs" are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

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