High school dropout, Alex Stern, wakes up in a hospital the soul survivor of a multiple homicide, and is offered a chance to start her life over at Yale. All expenses paid. Wanting to get away from the life she’d been living, Alex says yes and moves across country where she finds herself living among the privileged, but that privilege comes with a price. Alex’s job is to monitor the activities of eight societies. Their occult activities become more dangerous and it’s evil starts grasping at the edges of the life she’s trying to re-build.
I’ll admit, horror novels are not my thing, but Ninth house feels more fantasy than horror. I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this novel definitely had elements that were similar to that series, although it didn’t have the humor. Like Buffy, Alex Stern is a fascinating protagonist. She isn’t a “chosen one” but the fact that she can see ghosts has shaped her entire life. Not able to live a normal life, she gave up and started living on the outskirts of one. Taking drugs takes the edge off her ability and whereas she was never a full drug addict, she lived among many. When Yale came calling she was ripe for the picking, and the fact she saw ghosts? That was the first good thing to happen because she could see ghosts.
When she enters Yale her world expands from the supernatural. This whole new world opens up before her and her job is to police and make sure no one uses their “skills” to take advantage of anyone. A departure from her previous life for sure, but one that she takes to suprisingly easy. When a murdered girl drops into her lap, Alex starts to investigate and it’s at this point that the book really takes off!
At about 30% into the book I was able to immerse myself in the story and started to really appreciate all of the details of this world Leigh Bardugo created. Set in current time, but with elements of the magical and supernatural, Ninth House is unlike other novels in that it merges the real with fantasy so seamlessly. As Alex investigates this murder and delves into each of the eight societies at Yale I was gripped by questions and read quickly as I sought the truth of those answers through Alex. This is one of those novels that you’ll pick up again and discover new revelations that you somehow missed in the first reading. I’m already blocking off time to listen to the audiobook when it comes out! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!
First Sentence Read: “By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it.”
First Sentence Read: “Night fell as death rode into the Great Library of Summershall.”
A word of advice regarding Ninth House. Read the first 25% when you have the time to take it all in and really immerse yourself in the book. I read it in pieces and started wondering what all the fuss was about. It wasn’t until I took an afternoon of reading the book that I was able to get into the story and appreciate the mystery. It was fabulous. It just took me a little while to get to that point.
Now, I know my taste in books may not match your own, but hopefully I’m going to remind you of a couple of releases you may have forgotten was approaching. Or maybe one of these books will just sound good and you’ll add it to your TBR. In either case, these are 5 books that I’m looking forward to reading… some day. LOL
#5 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE
Release Date: October 8th
Genre: YA Contemporary
I love it when something happens in your life to make you take a look at how you are living it and make you want to change things. And she works in a bookstore. How could I resist this one?
From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.
While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.
Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.
I can’t resist my favorite enemies to lovers trope! This one looks totally cute. Oh, and did I ever mention my first job out of school was working for a Tool Company? LOL.
Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she’s tough as nails–the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.
One thing she doesn’t have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie’s friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can’t stop staring at his Thor-like biceps…
When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get…heated. Emmie’s beginning to see that beneath Tate’s chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.
Yes, well, after reading Unhoneymooner’s I’m a Christina Lauren fan. This tale of love and redemption sounds like a must read!
Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.
During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.
Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.
Well, I can tell you one thing. I’m not listening to the audiobook while driving. I couldn’t see from all of the tears I shed for Salt to the Sea! This one looks to be just as fabulous, and possibly as heartbreaking. Can’t wait!
Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into the country under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.
Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.Includes vintage media interstitials, oral history commentary, photos, and more.
It looks dark. It looks mysterious. Dark and mysterious. Mysterious and dark. Oh, and magical. That’s all I’ve got, but I’m still going to read it.
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.
Zoe’s blog Zooloo’s Book Diary does not just focus on one genre. Zoe reads mysteries, thrillers, romances, chick lit, YA, horror, you name it and she reads it! Her reviews have both insight and humorous and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her through reading her blog. If Zooloo’s Book Diary is a new name for you please go to the following link and check her out, but come back and read her answers to my 10 questions. You won’t want to miss it!
Blogging is universal and even though we inhabit the same community, we don’t always live in the same country. What country do you live in?
What is the view outside your front door?
Now that I live in Dover, I have the most amazing views but unfortunately the view I have is boring, so I will show the view when I have my lunchbreak at work where I read. (which is just a bit further from my house)
Most blogs have a fun story of origin. Please share the story behind your blogs name and/or why you started blogging.
I originally started blogging February 2018, under the name of Zooloo Book Blog. I had just read Ruth Ware’s “The woman in cabin 10” and I decided to put it out there on twitter. Someone replied saying I should read AJ Finn’s “The woman in the window”, next thing I knew both Ruth Ware and AJ Finn had replied to my tweet! I was gob smacked, mentioned it to my two closest friends and they started telling to do something on Instagram, and eventually my blog. It was an eye opener! However, due to issues and viruses I had to stop Zooloo Book Blog and in September Zooloo’s Book Diary was born. Zooloo is my nickname as my proper first name is Zoé- Lee but someone mis-read it and thought I was called Zoo-Lee, so it stuck.
Describe where you write your blog.
At home, at my desk it looks like I am in a space machine with the two screens.
Most of us have a stack of books sitting next to our couch or bed waiting to be read. What books are in your stack?
My stack is in my little lady’s bedroom, I have double backed my books on one shelf and piled the rest up high. The other half is away so I may have to buy a new bookshelf to fit them on and let her have her shelf. I try to keep my next blog tour books by me and the order of books I must read them in.
If you have had a bad day and want to spend an hour reading a book, what is your go to genre or favorite book that will lift your mood?
If the current book I am reading is good, I will go to that. Otherwise the book/author that gets me out of reading slump is Rich Amooi, his book five minutes late is one I recommend completely!
Five Minutes Late Synopsis:
Can an always-tardy garlic mogul and a punctual Silicon Valley librarian fall in love?
The world needs garlic and somebody’s got to sell that garlic. Cedric Johnson is that man. But even though he’s got just about everything he can wish for, Cedric is still missing one thing in his life: someone special. Fate may be on his side, but he encounters a few distractions along the way—like almost being killed by a UPS truck. Oh, and a little case of blackmail.
Ellie Fontaine is a walking Wikipedia with clear professional goals, but when it comes to landing Mr. Right, she doesn’t know jack squat. She gives online dating a shot, but ends up with an unappetizing buffet of unibrows and losers. What’s a girl to do?
After Ellie saves Cedric’s life, serendipity takes over as they continue to run into each other. Their connection grows stronger with each meeting, even though he embodies her number one pet peeve: he’s always late. But even if they can get past their issues and misunderstandings, Ellie’s ex-boyfriend, an unscrupulous cop, will do anything to keep them apart.
FIVE MINUTES LATE is a hilarious fast-paced romantic comedy, full of snappy dialogue and fun, quirky characters, guaranteed to warm your heart.
When you aren’t blogging, how do you spend your time? Work, Play, School?
Well I work full-time in an art charity in the finance department and I am a full-time mum. So, do not always get the time for me, a lot of late night writing!
What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?
I generally only write reviews, but the one non book review post that has got the most views ever is my Top 21 books for 2018. After that was my book review of The Lion Tamer who lost by Louise Beech. http://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/top21readsof2018
Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? If so, what did you say to them? Looking back, what do you wish you had said instead?
I have not met any yet! There a couple I would love to meet and hopefully this year I will make it happen!
If you could sit down with an author for a slice of cake and a question, who is the author, what kind of cake would you serve, and what is the first question you’d ask?
Easy bit is I would serve Lemon Drizzle cake as it’s my favourite. Wow who! There are a few I would love to…. erm Gina Kirkham, Jonathan Janz, Miranda Grant and of course Rich Amooi. I could go on and on and on. I would probably ask way too many questions out of pure excitement!
Thanks so much Zoe! Just glancing at those covers above shows how eclectic and varied your taste is in genre’s to read. I need to peruse your reviews for my next find!
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What do you do when you are in a book rut? I’m not in a slump. I don’t have trouble picking up a book and reading it, I have just felt like nothing has made me think lately and I hate that. Maybe I need to try to read outside my comfort zone? Lately, I have split my reading between romance, urban fantasy, and YA. Do I need to jog myself out of this pattern? I still love those genre’s but I think I need a little stimulation. I want to take a look at some other genre’s and get your opinions on these books. Have you read them? Do they look interesting? Do you have another suggestion of a book that moved you to think about it long after you’ve read it?
Mystery: I love romantic suspense novels, but haven’t recently read contemporary mystery novels. I do love a great historical mystery and have enjoyed a few of those but of the many books out there, which books are people saying are awesome?
I have seen some many reviews about this book, and it’s definitely on my radar. It came out in January, so isn’t brand new, but the mystery has yet to be spoiled for me. I’m intrigued by the family that moves across the street and isn’t what they appear to be…
Ohh. Two ex best friends, a secret, and a competition for a new job. Sounds like it could be thrilling! Has anyone read this novel?
Non-Fiction: Admittedly, this genre kind of scares me. Unless it’s a funny autobiography I typically steer away from non fiction books. However, there are a couple that are tempting…
Is anyone else out there a reality TV junkie? I am a fan of Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You can Dance, Amazing Race and have watched past episodes of the Real Housewives of practically any city. This novel may open the window into just how scripted these “reality” shows may be. OK, I’ll admit to being curious about this one, anyone else interested?
Who doesn’t want to read behind the scenes of the making of Caddyshack? I can’t even imagine the hijinks, craziness, and maybe some bruised ego’s that could make this book fascinating. I didn’t even know this one was out there! Is anyone else curious?
Horror: I shudder to even think there could be a horror novel that could interest me. However, I do like supernatural novels that sometimes lean towards horror. I’ve been known to enjoy a Dean Koontz novel, althought typically I steer away from Stephen King. When I was younger I really enjoyed the occasional scary movie, but as I got older maybe it all got too real?
The Hunger seems to be a horror/historical novel written about the Donner Party. This was on the list of one of the most anticipated horror novels for 2018, but the threat of cannibalism may keep me from reading this one… Has anyone else read this novel? What did you think?
A little boy goes missing in the grocery store when his brother looks away for a second. He spends the next 5 years searching for him. When he takes a job in the grocery store where he goes missing he realizes that there is something wrong with the people, his boss, and the whole place. This one looks really creepy! I’ll admit I’m intrigued. Has anyone read this? Is it more thriller than horror? Or is there an element of the unreal?
Other than that last book possibly scaring the crap out of me, will any of these novels make me think, feel, and well, linger?
Do you have any suggestions for a great book that will get me out of my comfort zone?