Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Review

I am writing this review a minute after finishing Ninth House. All I can say is wow. This is the first Leigh Bardugo book that I have ever read and I am hooked.

Ninth House is Bardugo’s first adult book. The main character is Galaxy “Alex” Stern. Alex can see ghosts so she numbs the experience with drugs and bad choices. She is hospitalized after she survives a homicide that left all of her friends dead. While there she is visited by the president of a Yale secret society, called Lethe. He offers her a job and a full ride to one of the most prestigious universities in America.

As Alex tries to fit into the position, she discovers it is much darker than she ever imagined. The secret societies are made up of influential people that deal with sinister, occult magic that should not be messed with.

I love dark books and this is all I could ask for. It has ghosts, necromancy, elemental magic, and so much more. It also has a good old-fashioned murder mystery. The writing is beyond compare. The first couple of chapters are confusing. You’re thrown into a world with very little description, but as you keep reading your questions are answered. As soon as that question is answered, more questions arise. It was such a great way to build the world. I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was happening next.

When I only had a hundred pages left, I noticed that I was stalling. I didn’t want this book to end. It ended on a cliff hanger and I am dying to know what happens. I can’t believe I have to wait so long for the next book to be published.

Why I didn’t finish The Bone Houses

I hate giving bad reviews. Naturally, though, there will be books I don’t like.I wanted to love this book. It was one of my most anticipated fall reads. Around page 200, I discovered that I didn’t care about the story. The only character I connected with was the bone goat (explained in the story).

The writing was descriptive and I could fully imagine the world. I just lost interest in what was happening. I felt like the magic system was a little rushed when it was explained, and I still don’t completely understand the origin of the bone houses. Having the point of view from a grave digger was interesting. I would have liked to seen her more involved in her trade, but that could have come later in the story. I stopped at page 205. I feel like I am going into a reading slump. I think I will give this a shot later on to see if I can get into it. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it. I would love to hear some feedback.

Throne of Glass Bookish Box Part 2

I was so excited for this. It is the Throne of Glass Bookish Box Part 2. I am obsessed with Throne of Glass. When they released the first box I had not discovered this series yet, but I was here for the second one. This is my first experience with Bookish Box and I hope to order more in the future. There is not one thing that I did not love.

Candle made by Say Anything Studio

The first thing I loved was this candle. It is called Training in Mistward. It smells like cypress and oak forest trees. I think it smells exactly like Christmas. It says it has shape shifting magic. I’ve only burned it a couple of times so I’m excited to see what that is.

Bangle made by the Bookish Shop

This bangle is gorgeous. It says “To whatever end,” which is my favorite quote from the series. It is obviously fandom related, but it’s subtle enough to to wear anywhere.

Mug made by the Bookish Shop
Double sided mug rug made by Sweet Sequels

I can’t wait to drink a cup of coffee out of this mug. It is perfect for the winter months ahead. I also love the little double sided coaster included with it.

Enamel Pin designed by Lapels & Spells

This pin is gorgeous. I really want to buy a denim jacket to put it on. It’s too pretty not to wear.

This shirt is the map of Erilea. It is well made and very flattering.

Both dust jackets were created by Diana Dworak

The dust jackets included in this box were breathtaking. Since I don’t own the hard covers I am going to have these framed.

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Review

“One evil spawned another, greater evil, and ultimately everything could be traced back to Black Spring.” This book is not for people with weak stomachs. It is terrifying. From page one the atmosphere was eerie and oppressive.

Black Spring is a Hudson Valley town with a dark secret. A 17th century women haunts the town. The Black Rock Witch is a living nightmare. Her eyes and mouth have been sewn shit to prevent her evil eye from causing mayhem. She shows up wherever she pleases and the town just deals with it. HEX is a high-tech surveillance team with one job, monitor the witch. The town is under lock-down and there are strict regulations to keep Black Spring’s secret in.

Parts of this story I did not expect. The town is militarized. I also did not expect to feel sympathy for the witch. The town’s people scared me more than she did.

Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this. The plot was a little slow building to the climax, but every paragraph has a purpose. The horror build terrifically. When a scary part would happen I would think this is the scariest part and then the author would top it. The ending will haunt me for a while.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell Review

This review will be short and sweet. Pumpkinsheads is perfect for fall. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I smiled the entire time I read this. The artwork is phenomenal. The story line is simple. It is about two high school seniors determined to make their last night at the pumpkin patch they work at memorable. They decide to go on a mission to tie up some loose ends before they leave. During this mission, they get sidetracked by all the fall snacks and games. The ending is predictable, but that did not take away anything from the story. The plot was straight forward and to the point. It was such a fun romp through a pumpkin patch on Halloween night. I wish the pumpkin patch they worked at was real, because I would visit it in a heart beat.

Something Wicked This Way Comes Review

Something Wicked This Way Comes was my first Halloween read of the year. It set my standards pretty high. Ray Bradbury’s writing is creepy and disorienting, much like the mirror maze he described. I will admit it took me a couple of chapters to get adjusted to it. Once hooked I was in for the long haul. This story is perfect for Halloween.

The week of Halloween in a carnival comes to a small town.Little did the residents know, the carnival holds many secrets. Will and Jim, our main characters, immediately sense something is off. They explore the depths of the carnival and discover one too many secrets. Now they face a problem that is bigger and much older than they imagined.

The only complaint I have is that I wish more of the book took place at the carnival. I would say about 80 percent took place in the town. That being said, I will never set foot on another carousel. The witch in the story is going to haunt my dreams for weeks.

As Halloween reads should be this story was sinister, but there was an unexpected overall moral to included. Ray Bradbury included a lot of life truths said in unusual ways. This was a great start to my Halloween TBR.