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From the author of Shadow and Bone, now a hit NETFLIX series The smash New York Times bestseller from Leigh Bardugo, a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite. "The best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people....Impossible to put down." —Stephen KingGoodreads Choice Award WinnerLocus FinalistGalaxy “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.Don't miss the highly-anticipated sequel, Hell Bent.
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"Great read loved it"
"Super different than her Grishaverse books. Similar to a lot of the other reviewers, I had a really hard time staying interested at the beginning. However, I'm glad I kept reading because it ended up being really good! I still wouldn't say I loved as I loved her other books. One of my favorite things of her other books was the character building and how you just really fall in love with each character and I just didn't feel that as much with this one. It sets up for the sequel and I am going to read it. Hoping the beginning of the second one is not as hard to get through since the story is already going. "
"Bardugos first foray into adult fantasy was solid. Liked the Yale setting."
"Bardugo never disappoints in creating a beautifully rich fantasy world that makes you feel as if you're really there in the story. But, one thing I dislike when reading a new story is when the writing style has an overadundance of metaphors and analogies throughout. Sometimes, simplicity is better. "
"This book spares no time jumping into the story. As someone who is not knowledgeable with the witchy lingo, it took a minute to familiarize myself with what was going on. However, this book had so much going on, so it was never a dull read. A number of plot twists are built into one another until revealing the end, but there's still more to come. Already have the sequel on the way. 🙌🏼 1/12."
"I grabbed this book after seeing so many people talk about the sequel when it released. I typically read in the mystery/thriller genre and I was skeptical about this book fitting my preferences seeing as it is mostly referenced as a fantasy. However I will say there was enough mystery to keep me interested and I would even say there is a bit of a thriller-styled ending. I enjoyed all of the fantastical flair of this story but who does love magic and the paranormal? The story starts slow and the initial world building was a bit confusing at first, but that seems to be a consensus amongst readers. Having reached the end, I don’t think I would be able to complete an accurate timeline of events which is another qualm I have with this story. The chapters are labeled by season but it was hard for me to keep track of which events fell where in the overall timeline, but I don’t think it hindered my understanding (or enjoyment) while reading the story. "