Ninth House Review

43263680Galaxy (Alex) Stern has had a rough start at life, but she has been given a second chance and has an opportunity to attend Yale and is enveloped into the mysterious world of the nine secret societies that have been thriving there for hundreds of years.

It was a little too info dumpy at the start of the book. For those first hundred or so pages it was really a struggle to get through. It was slower paced and there are just so many dates, code names, characters, rules and regulations as well as all the magical elements woven in as well. It was a lot more rooted into the historical elements of the houses and it kind of bored me.

Alex I didn’t quite connect with for the first half of the book. She was just too mysterious I guess, we didn’t know a lot about her and she had too many secrets. She is a definitely a flawed character and being out of her element and thrust into the Lethe house and trying to live up to the expectations that are heaped upon her forced her out of her comfort zone. As she is learning about everything so are we, there is just a lot of information to wade through in a short amount of time. I did enjoy her development over the course of the story line though. She gains a lot more confidence in herself and really has had to come to terms with her past and everything that happened with Hellie in order to move on with her future.

I liked Darlington and I wish he was around for more of the plot. He was a nice contrast to Alex and even though he exudes that rich, know it all persona he has had to work hard to get to where he is now. Dawes started out as a quite innocuous character, I didn’t really think she would have much of an impact on the plot but she was like the dark horse of the story. She saved Alex’s life multiple times and stood up for her on multiple occasions as well when it came to the Dean.

Like I said the start of the book was a little bit slow and was quite hard to get through. However, once I was settled into the story and the investigation about Tara’s death began the pacing definitely picked up and the action intensified. There were some great twists and turns thrown in and I appreciated how much Leigh Bardugo went in depth with the different houses, I just wish maybe she only would of focused on a couple at a time and expanded upon them as the series continues.

⭐️3/5 stars a very slow build!

Stay Home Reading Rush TBR

Soooo I have made the last minute decision to participate in the Stay Home Reading Rush which started today and finishes on Sunday 19th April. I participated in the Reading Rush last year and had a lot of fun, so I figured why not encourage people to stay home, socially isolate yourself and read all weekend!!! 


Read a book with a house on the cover!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell


Read a book in the same room the whole time!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


Read a book set somewhere you wish you could go!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


Read a book that will make you smile!

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle



✨O.W.L.S Magical Readathon TBR ✨

For April I decided to take part in the O.W.L.S Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast on Youtube, for any information regarding the readathon see her announcement video HERE. I’m not 100% sure what my career is going to be so I am going to try and complete all of the prompts for this round and then when it comes to the N.E.W.T.S I will announce which career path I choose in that TBR!

The prompts & my tentative TBR for the OWLS include:

OWL prompts 2 2020


ancient runes copy

Heart rune: heart on the cover or in the title



Magical Qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favourite genre



Night Classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside


care of magical creatures copyHippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover


charms copy

Lumos Maxima: white on the cover


DADA copyGrindylows: book set at the sea/coast



Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read


Herbology copy

Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M


history of magic copy

Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards


muggle studies copy

Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)


potions copy

Shrinking solution: book under 150 pages


transfiguration copy

Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting


🍂 Autumn TBR 🍂

 This weeks’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is what books I am hoping to read during the Autumn months … Summer is finally over and I can’t wait for the colder months to get here! I think all the books I picked have a Autumnal/Wintery vibe so it seemed fitting. Happy Reading!

My Autumn TBR is:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas


The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson


Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto


The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye


Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao


A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos


Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton