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Blog Tour/ Book Review: The November Girl by Lydia Kang

  

 

 

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**A November Goodreads Best Book of the Month!**

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.

“Three-dimensional vividness…An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship.”
–KIRKUS REVIEWS

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo 

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My Review:

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!

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They both plan to stay away from each other; after all, they are all hiding and don’t want to be seen. I will say however, that the romance that developed was kind of weird. The good kind of weird. Through her interactions with Hector, we see how being half witch affects her. Her actions, her knowledge, and her thoughts are out of this world. But she is still a creature of chaos, she is made of something that made Hector escape his home to this deserted Island. Hector makes her feel things she had never felt before; makes her feel more human. These small things include being hungry.

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For the 1st time since forever, Hector feels loved when he is with Anda. But what would he do when he discovers who she really is?

The truth is ugly; the truth hurts, but heart wants what it wants.

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However, it is not up to them. You can say that there are some ” external Factors and Powers” that don’t want Anda and Hector to be together.

This is also an #OwnVoices book because Hector is half Korean/ half African American, and the author is half Korean, half American. I believe that Hector’s race played an important role in what makes Hector, Hector. It definitely wasn’t just tossed in to make the cast of characters diverse.

The last thing I am going to talk about is the art of description that went into this book. Not only is it done in a very unique way, but also the author managed to give feelings to intimate objects. She turned a freakin’ setting place into a fully fleshed character!!!!

This was a magical read, and I highly recommend it if you want to bless your senses with Lydia Kang’s talent of transporting the reader into the world that she created.

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I received an eARC in exchange with an honest review

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lydiakang.jpgAbout the author: 

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction.

Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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