The November Girl

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 14 Nov 2017

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars When I first heard about The November Girl, I knew it was a book I needed to read. The November Girl did not disappoint at all. It ended up being a wonderfully atmospheric, mysterious, and character-driven novel. As we learn in the synopsis of the book, Anda is born with a lake for a mother and a human for a father. She’s a witch who feeds off shipwrecks. I loved her character for a lot of reasons. Not only did I love seeing her different abilities, but she was such a quirky and fascinating character. I enjoyed seeing her struggle as she grows more and more discontent with having to kill others in order to keep herself alive. Quite simply, Anda was a really...

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I’m not sure how to start this, since there are a few things I want to mention about this book, but just getting to a starting point is difficult. The characters Anda and Hector are both broken, but in such a perfect way for the story that I find them both relatable and loveable. Hector come from a broken home, he lives with his Uncle. He is of mixed race of Korean and African American, so growing up with his mother they both faced the looks and comments. She chose to stay in Korea and wants Hector to live with his father. Hectors father is in the military so, his father asks his brother to raise him. You get the idea that all Hectors uncle cares about is the money and not him. Hector...

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Hector has one plan, and that is to escape his misery and live out on an abandoned island for a few months until he is 18 and free. But the island is not as abandoned as he anticipated. Instead, a strange girl-beast was left behind and he feels compelled to help her. But what he doesn’t know is that Anda is not just a girl, but instead a creature of great power and destruction.

Yes, I was lured in by the pretty cover and the author, and the synopsis was mysterious enough to intrigue me. Once I started, I can 100% say that I had no idea what would happen next, I could never predict the turns that the story took or the outcome in any way. This could easily be a fairytale, but not one of...
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The November Girl is a beautifully written novel that was touching, unexpected, and magical. Lydia Kang's writing is wonderfully atmospheric, painting the world in vivid and stunning detail. This magical realism story is definitely darker and creepier than I was expecting but I loved where the story went. I struggled a bit to connect with Anda and Hector at the beginning, but I was cheering for them by the end. Every November, Anda is able to unleash her true nature, no longer confined to hiding from the humans who would never understand her. The seasonally deserted Isle Royale is her playground, the place made inhabitable by the November storms that Anda creates. Hector is running away...

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Rating: 4.75/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: gorgeous purple prose; I LOVE LOVE LOVE how well Lydia Kang wrote Anda; the juxtaposition of their POVs and character traits is endearing and beautiful; the magic and otherworldly-ness surrounding Anda was brilliant; this novel was absolutely masterful Huge thanks to Lydia King, Entangled Publishing, Chapter by Chapter Book Tours, and Netgalley for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book. This book is just so heartbreaking and beautiful, Penguins. Starting with the COVER--just look at that gorgeousness! I couldn't help but show off the cover to a...

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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. (via Goodreads) I received an eARC through Netgalley, courtesy of Entangled...

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November Girl by Lydia Kang was an interesting YA novel. Anda and Hector are both complex characters that take a while to really get a hold of and I think Ms. Kang did that purposely so that you can find them and learn about them as you go, adding to the mystery. There is a lot of love/hate internally with these characters and when they interact more and more details about them and come out as they learn about each other and the world. A big part of November Girl for me was really the writing and setting. The novel felt like it was presented in a somewhat detached way but was very descriptive. I felt a lot of dark, grey and cloudy while reading it. Overall I recommend November Girl by...

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Wasn’t really a fan - unusual premise, that accounts for star majority. It’s hard to come up with new, original dialogue and November Girl was definitely achieved it. Thanks, Net-Galley for the ARC.
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Hector has been trying to get away from his home life many times and he finds the chance to escape and reside on an - almost - empty island in the middle of nowhere. He doesn't expect to meet anyone while being there, since Isle Royale is deserted during the winter months and not a lot of people live there after the summer ends. Perfect for someone like Hector, who just wants to hide somewhere until he turns eighteen and won't be required to return back home. But nothing goes according to plan since his life is turned upside down when he meets Anda. She's basically what legends are made of and pretends to live a normal life on the island, with her father. For most of the year, that is...

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I was pulled to The November Girl because of its haunting synopsis, but it missed a lot of important plot points in favor of kissing and romantic angst. I didn't feel compelled to care about either main character and I found their romance to be extremely out of place, especially given the circumstances of their romance. Hector's background was interesting and I would have loved to learn more about his family, and I was disappointed that I found it hard to empathize with Anda. .
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Anda lives on an island on Lake Superior. For most of the year, she’s there with her father, trying to play a role of a normal person. But when November comes, she can’t ignore her calling to create storms and sink ships, just like her mother and her sisters, already part of the water. Usually, she’s alone during November, her father taken leave to the main land, but this time, a boy named Hector is hiding on the island as well. Hector ran away from a terrible life to hide out until his 18th birthday. When the two meet, sparks fly, but nothing can stop the incoming storm. Ever since the synopsis was released, I’ve been so excited for Lydia Kang’s THE NOVEMBER GIRL. From the gorgeous...

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This is what fantasy can be. What I absolutely loved, above the gorgeous writing and the haunting quality of the plot, was the way Kang uses fantasy as a metaphorical lens to explore identities that split us apart and cultures which demand us to choose to forsake the other. (TW: Self harm, rape, sexual abuse, incest) This book was fantastic - not only in the sense of it being wonderful, but also in the fantasy sense. An overt eeriness pervaded the entire book, like an undertow below the surface, as we are introduced to a background of shipwrecks, drowned sailors, and the violence we wreak upon ourselves. I have read quite a great deal of books recently which have been subtly ominous...

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What starts as an unusual romance develops into something wild and untamed in this unique tale of a girl, a boy, and the November storms. Hector is running from his home life, ending up on the deserted Isle Royale, when he meets Anda - born of the lake and the maker of November storms. Known as the November Witch, she's more inhuman than mortal. But Hector's made from violence too, and somehow the two collide - but Anda cannot hide from her fate forever. This was so atmospheric. The prose really transported me into the Autumnal stormy weather, and the descriptions of the lake and the storms in particular were wonderful as we are transported to the scene of a shipwreck through Anda's...

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CW: Child abuse: We didn't witness any of it, but we were told about it. Self Harm: We get to both see it, and hear about it. The November Girl is a fresh take on Magical Realism. It is a breathtaking story that stars a girl who is half human/half witch, and a boy who running away from his abusive Uncle. Anda isn't your typical kind of witch; she is the November storm. She is creature who feeds on chaos and drowning souls. The sooner it is till November, the less of a human she becomes. But when Anda sees Hector, or as she said " he saw her", something changed. Now wait a second, this isn't an insta love story where the boy cures the girl with his love. Nope! They both...

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I really enjoyed this book. The story was different then most YA stories out there today. I believe this would make a great addition to anybodies YA collection.
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I loved this book. It is exactly what I would want to put into the hands of an avid young reader. It's original, the characters are complex, and the world is fascinating. In addition it is fast-paced and readable. I'll definitely be checking out Lydia Kang's other books in hopes for more of the same! The November Girl stands out to me because it is so original. I've never read anything like this, the romance is a strange combination of sweet, creepy, beautiful, and weird; it's exactly what I would imagine a romance between a human and an otherworldly being might be like. Kang weaves a lot of themes in the book that intertwine beautifully, my favorite is the exploration of how both...

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November Girl by Lydia Kang was a breathtaking novel to read. It was truly a unique, dark, and creepy story for those who are like myself who are always game for a little darkness in their books. Lydia Kang’s writing will draw you into this story and it will run rampant through your mind like a summer storm even after you set the book down. November Girl is told from two POVs of the main characters Hector and Anda. These characters came alive off of the page thanks to Kang’s wonderful style of writing. They were captivating and realistic. I wanted to know everything about them. The first character is Hector a 17-year-old who runs to Isle Royale, which is a deserted island in the...

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If any book has a unique premise, this is it. I picked it up completely blind, not having read the blurb beforehand, and the result was a whole lot of confusion that still managed to hook me and keep me wanting to know more until the end: a testament to Lydia Kang’s writing skills. As far as magical realism goes, The November Girl has it all. Situated on Isle Royale, the story is about Anda, the November Witch who causes the devastating storms that sinks ships and takes lives all through the month, and Hector, a teenage runaway who escapes to the island in the hope of avoiding his uncle until he comes of age in May- only to bump into Anda. The way Kang brings her characters to life is...

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The November Girl is one those books that while your reading it, you’re enthralled. So many things are going on, so many questions about the characters that you want answers for, that you kept reading and before you know it you are at the last page. But after I was done, I wasn’t sure at fist how I felt about it, but the more I thought about and when I sat down to write this review, I realized just how much I really did enjoy it. Anda is a witch of sorts, she is half human, half witch. And she is the cause of the storms that takes the lives of sailors every November, basically she feeds of of chaos. For this reason, she stays away from most people other than her father, but when she see...

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Unfortunately despite the amazing premise I really did not enjoy this book. I got 34% in and decided that I just don't like the story and the characters and therefore will not continue reading it. As I would not be able to give this book a nice rating I will not be reviewing it on our blog. However, thank you for providing me the ARC, I was really expecting to love it. -Hannah
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