The November Girl

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 14 Nov 2017

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I absolutely loved this book! The writing is poetic, original and robust. The characters are unique and the plot is also something I have never read before. I don’t think you understand, I read so much it is rare for me to find a book that actually feels fresh and new. Lydia Kang did it for me. This book is dark and twisty and whimsical all at the same time. It is bold and tortured and I am pretty sure it was made just for me.  I would definitely recommend this one, just be aware there is a lot of heavy content so I would suggest only older teens and adults.
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This book was absolutely fantastic!
I loved the story behind it, the characters were so well done. Can't wait to read more by this author
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'The November Girl' is a truly original young adult novel unlike anything I've read before. The description had me eager to read this book and the world that the author wove inside its pages was magical. She brought it to life with detailed descriptions and vivid imagery - I felt like I was right on the island with Anda and Hector. The main characters - Anda and Hector - were fantastic. They were different in so many ways, but they were also the same in a lot of respects. They complemented one another and it made their connection intriguing. I liked watching their relationship grow and change throughout the story. It's basically the heart of the book itself, when it...

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I was so intrigued by the premise here, the concept of Anda and what Hector is dealing with. However, this fell flat. I felt like I turned up in the middle of this book. As if the first part, where I really get to know these characters, where I would have learned to care about them, was left out. I wanted more from the two points of view. I wanted to know these characters more, empathize with them, but I never knew enough to empathize with Anda and then Hector’s story seemed truncated.
The writing was also something I had difficulty with. It was almost too atmospheric and it put me off, it pulled me out of a story that calls to be written with a touch of the dramatic, a sense of mist...

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The November Girl was a haunting and mesmerizing novel. If you are looking for a unique and romantic YA book involving magical realism, then I would definitely recommend this book! My only complaint is that it was a bit slow at times. The characters were incredibly complex, I adored getting to read about them. Also the writing was so atmospheric. I cannot recommend this enough!
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Gorgeous and haunting. The ending was ambiguous but hopeful.
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The November Girl by Lydia Kang was a truly unique and masterfully will written story. It really got my in the feels!

The story was beautiful, the writing, beautiful and the descriptions... out of the world! I could see myself there, on the island. It was, I can't even being to tell you how much I love this book! Written in split POV (one of my fav) I got to see into the minds and heats of Hector and Anda. It gave you a better understanding of their feelings, apprehensions, and it helped me connect.

There is so much I can say, but at the same time it's hard because telling you anything will spoil this timely love story. So though this review is short, I covered what I wanted...

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I will update this when my full review goes live on my blog. This book was insanity. I always felt like I was going to get lost of confused by the utter craziness that was going on but I didn't and that surprised me. I usually don't like magical realism books but this one had a more paranormal element to it plus a romance that kept me entranced. 

4.5 stars
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Title: The November Girl
Author: Lydia Kang
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Thriller
Rating: ****
Review: This is the first Lydia Kang book I have read but I have heard many good things about the Control duology (if that’s what it’s called) so the opening chapter of the November Girl was interesting. We meet Hector who is running away from an overbearing uncle although there seems to be more going on than we are privy to. He is running to Isle Royale which will be deserted for the winter and therefore the perfect place to hide until his 18th birthday, however, while on the ferry to the Isle he catches a glimpse of a strange girl standing on the shore and the superstition and rumours...

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Here are 4 reasons why I think The November Girl was a brilliant read:

THE DIVERSITY: I think we’re all about that diverse life when it comes to picking out books to read, and that was definitely one of the reasons why I decided to pick up The November Girl. Hector is a 17 year old Korean and African American kid who wanted to escape the claws of his abusive uncle so he travels to an island to hide until his 18th birthday aka until he’s finally free.

Anda is the daughter of the lake which makes her this magical creature with a human side. She sinks ships and eats the souls of the dead for a living. In November, she’s the most dangerous which is why she’s called the November Witch. For...

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I feel really bad when I can't relate to a book. I think a lot of times it's more me than the author. I couldn't even connect to any of the characters and I can't even remember there names. I gave it a star because I thought the plot was a lot different than books I normally would read. And another star because like I mentioned above I really don't think it was the authors fault that I was just not feeling anything for the story.
I still am happy I requested and was approved for this book.
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The November Girl is beautiful and yet dark a and eerily haunting story. I felt both a warm and cold embrace as I found myself falling into this tale that kept me second guessing myself not only with Hector but also with Anda as well. I would often stop reading so I could close my eyes and envision what Anda would look like and many times I scared myself because I could see her raw power as she was a force to be reckoned with. Hector brought out the motherly side of me and I just wanted to put my arms around him and reassure him that he was safe. -YA/NA Book Divas
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tw: mention of child abuse, self harm (you will see it and hear about it)

"I am made of storms and corpses, of granite and paper-white birch. Trinkets and morsels of food haven't comforted me since I was a child. I'm not the one who needs to be kept safe. It is everyone else."

There are many unique things about this book, the writing, the setting, the characters, this entire book is unique. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. You think that you know what's going on but you don't. Also this book is an emotional coaster from beginning to end.

The main characters are complex. Hector, half Korean and half African American, is running away from...

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The November Girl by Lydia Kang is a compelling and haunting supernatural tale that is beautifully told and envisioned. Featuring a unique and compelling heroine and a powerful story, The November Girl is like nothing I have read before.

Anda is a daughter of the Lake, torn between her human side and the powerful, controllable urges she has to be the November storms; sinking ships and revelling in the death that empowers her. Every November Anda embraces more of her nature, slowly loosing comprehension of what it is to be human and to feel, until one day a sad and lonesome boy comes to the island where she lives and awakens thoughts and feelings in her she thought long gone. Seventeen...

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The synopsis seemed so different and interesting and I couldn't wait to read this book! I was going into it with high expectations and I was not disappointed.There are so many things that I love about this book!I really enjoyed the relationship between Anda and Hector. I liked how similar they were but at the same time different.I liked that the pace of the story wasn't fast but not slow either. It was fast enough to keep my attention and I kept wanting to find out what would happen next! This was a beautifully written fantasy with complicated characters who you just can't help but like.
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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.</p>

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...

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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...

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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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