Ninth House

Ninth House

Downloadable Audiobook - 2019 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2019
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781250230911
1250230918
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Fortgang, Lauren
Alternative Title: 9th house

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SolvayGirl
Feb 06, 2020

Since I had not read any of Bardugo's YA offerings, I had no idea what to expect from this other than the idea sounded interesting and was perhaps in the vein of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (which it is, but just a bit).
The audiobook is well done. I prefer female readers as I believe they do a better job portraying male voices than vice versa, and this was definitely the case here.
I found the plot to be a nice mix of fantasy and mystery and I liked that it was set in modern times and in a real place (unlike the Magicians). I'm not a fan of graphic violence or sex scenes, and though both play a part here I did not find them off-putting. They were necessary for the plot and not gratuitous.
It takes a while for the protagonist to work her way into the reader's heart, but that has everything to do with the growth of her character and the author's skill. The same holds for more than a few characters in the books. And then there are the twists and turns that keep the reader finely tuned awaiting the next surprise.
I will be checking for the release date for book two in the series on a regular basis and will likely pre-order it. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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