Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The November Girl by Lydia Kang

Paperback340 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Entangled Publishing
ISBN:  1633758265

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.

The November Girl was a haunting and mesmerizing novel. This is one of those stories that pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. 

This was a story about love, loss, family, acceptance, and forgiveness. There were some gut-wrenching moments that I was not expecting, which I thought were extremely well executed. The plot of this book stayed interesting the entire time. I felt like there were always new questions that needed answering or a new hurdle that the characters had to overcome. There were some slower parts of the book, but it was well paced as a whole. This book also had some elements of child abuse and self-harm, which were hard to read about. I don't have any experience with the topics, but the subjects seemed to have been handled well.

The magical elements of this book were absolutely enchanting. I really enjoyed the unique world the author created. I wanted to learn more and more about the magic that was affecting the characters.

The main characters, Anda and Hector, were both very likable characters. They both went through a lot of dark things, so it was nice to see them find some happiness throughout the story. Anda and Hector were both such strong characters whom I enjoyed getting to know. I will admit that it took me a little bit to connect with them, but by the end of the book, I loved them both. I also shipped them together SO FREAKING HARD. The slow-burning romance in this was adorable and swoon-worthy. I really enjoyed how their relationship developed into such a heart-pounding romance. I WANT MORE!!!

Overall, I thought The November Girl was an entertaining and haunting book. If you are looking for a unique and romantic YA book involving magical realism, then I would definitely recommend this book!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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