Ninth House

Anna's #OMPReads today is the briliantly harsh NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo. "WOWEE. this book was just.... every bit as rich as i have come to expect from leigh bardugo. it's about marginalization and power, the distance between life and death, about sin and virtue and responsibility and survival and i mean, DUDE. it is viscerally gross at times, and our MC does difficult things in the name of survival-- tenderhearted readers like myself be advised-- but leigh has again outdone herself. get excited, guys."

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The mesmerizing adult debut from Leigh Bardugo, a tale of power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite

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.