Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
by Leigh Bardugo
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. By age twenty, in fact, 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 elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
Last night I drove an hour and a half into Oxford to meet Leigh Bardugo on the last night of her Ninth House UK tour, and it was so worth it. She was so brilliant and funny and honest, and I’m still fangirling that I managed to meet her and get my brand new copy of Ninth House, which I got with a tote bag last night, and my beloved copy of Six of Crows signed.
It meant a lot that I was also able to thank her for Nina, one of the main characters in Six of Crows, who is the first fat leading lady I’ve come across in fantasy, and one of the first fat characters I’ve met in fantasy who isn’t there to be laughed at. As a chubster myself, I loved having that moment to thank her for letting me see someone with a body like mine in the genre I love. She was so sweet and lovely, and it’s the best feeling when an author you love turns out to be just as nice in real life as they seem to be online.
I think it’s safe to say Ninth House won’t be sitting unread on my shelves for too long! I’m actually off to York for a long weekend tomorrow so I won’t be able to pick it up just yet – it’s a little too chunky to take on the train – but I can’t wait to read it!