In a slight departure from my usual monthly to be read posts, I figured I would try and actually finish some of the books I’ve started over the past few weeks *cough* months *coughs* and blog the outcome!
Starting with Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, I was SO excited to read this but like with everything, I get side tracked and move onto the next book.
Alex Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. A dropout and the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved crime – the last thing she wants is to cause trouble. Not when Yale was supposed to be her fresh start. But a free ride to one of the world’s most prestigious universities was bound to come with a catch.
Alex has been tasked with monitoring the mysterious activities of Yale’s secret societies – societies that have yielded some of the most famous and influential people in the world. Now there’s a dead girl on campus and Alex seems to be the only person who won’t accept the neat answer the police and campus administration have come up with for her murder.
Because Alex knows the secret societies are far more sinister and extraordinary than anyone ever imagined.
They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living .
Secret societies, forbidden magic, Yale, murder! What more does a gal wanna read about? This is Leigh’s first ADULT novel so definitely read up online about the triggers associated with novel before diving in. I’ve already read a couple of chapters and I like what I’m reading.
Magic rules the city of Creije Capital and Tavia Syn knows just how many tricks she needs up her sleeve to survive. Selling dark magic on the streets for her kingpin, she keeps clear of other crooks, counting the days until her debt is paid and she can flee her criminal life.
But then, one day, with her freedom in sight, Tavia uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the realm she calls home. Desperate to put an end to her kingpin’s plan, Tavia forms an unlikely alliance with three crooks even more deadly than her:
Wesley, the kingpin’s prodigy and most renewed criminal in the realm, Karam, an underground fighter with a penchant for killing first and forgetting to ask questions, and Saxony, a Crafter in hiding who will stop at nothing to avenge her family
With the reluctant saviours assembled, they embark on a quest to put an end to the dark magic before it’s too late. But even if they can take down the kingpin and save the realm, the one thing they can’t do is trust each other.
This has such an interesting premise and again, like before I’ve read the first couple of chapters and enjoyed it but sometimes I have to be in the mood and that seems to be the case here.
I remember buying Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson in Foyles during the summer, I devoured it and when I found out Rogerson had also written another standalone novel called An Enchantment of Ravens I knew I had to buy it. I’ve still not finished it, oops. I’m in the mood to read about the fae, especially after finishing The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black.
Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron; Rook, the autumn prince, she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious, Rook spirits her away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously wrong in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending on each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, then love and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.