Book: Ninth House
Author: Leigh Bardugo
This is my 60th read for the year
This is the story of Alex. As a child a traumatic experience shaped her teen years. She dropped out of school, got in with a rough crowd, and seemed to have lost her way. She is a only survivor of a multiple homicide and while recovering in the hospital, she is approached by a gentleman that would like her to come to Yale as a student and get a second chance at life. She is sure there is a catch, but she agrees.
At Yale she discovers the world of the tombs- houses that were homes to some of the most powerful people in the world - a place where Alex can finally be herself. However, as she delves deeper into this world, she finds that there are sinister activities at play. When a town girl ends up dead, Alex makes it her mission to find out who killed her. Someone doesn't want Alex to find out what really happened and Alex finds herself in danger. But Alex won't quit until she gets answers.
This was a pretty good book. I read the Author's popular "Shadow and Bone" novel, and didn't love it. It was fine, but more love story and teenage hormones than good story. This was all story. The author stays focused on the mystery, the magic, and solving the mystery. It reminded me more of a Harry Potter type novel than a Twilight with its magic elements, and that was refreshing.
It is magical realism, and gritty, and leaning slightly toward Horror. These are all pluses for me in a novel, so I think that is why I enjoyed it. It is not YA. The houses they talk about exist at Yale today. There were a lot of story lines going on, but I liked that. It is a cliff hanger at the end, so be warned. There is a second book coming next year.