The November Girl
by Lydia Kang
YA / Paranormal / Romance / Fantasy
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
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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.
“Three-dimensional vividness…An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship.”
About the Author:
I love salt more than chocolate. I’m somewhat small, yet deceptively strong. Sort of like an ant.
I’m a part time doc, full time family member, and if you offer me snacks, I’ll be a friend for life.
My adult fiction debut is an historical forensic mystery, entitled A BEAUTIFUL POISON, coming August 2017 from Lake Union Publishing.
I have a nonfiction adult book written with Nate Pederson entitled QUACKERY: A Short History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, coming in 2017 (Workman).
And also…a new YA novel, THE NOVEMBER GIRL. Set on a remote island on Lake Superior, a girl with violence running through her veins meets a boy running away from an abusive home life. (Entangled Teen, 2017)
Finally, announcing CYCLO, a space opera about a created, teen girl who’s abandoned on a biological spaceship, and the mercenary boy doomed to die on it. (Entangled Teen, 2018)
My YA sci-fi novel, CONTROL, debuted December 2013 (Dial/Penguin). The sequel, CATALYST, released March 2015 (Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin). I released a short story in the dark YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS October 2015.
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 friend of mine; she practically drooled over it, so I know I’m not TOO biased. This cover–and this BOOK–are absolutely stunning and I just cannot cannot CANNOT stress that enough! The prose is purple and flowery and so so easy to imagine–Lydia Kang is a weaver of words and made this journey a treat!
I really, really adored how well-crafted the characters are, especially. Anda is something not quite human–in fact, at the beginning of this read, she is VERY VERY far from human. Lydia Kang took a character who is not wholly human (or not human at all, in some instances) and made me believe in her. Believe that she could actually exist, could actually be sitting right in front of me. And she managed, somehow, to weave her not-humanness so thoroughly into the story, it felt exactly and totally right! I laughed at the interactions between Anda and Hector; I pined for more of the magic and mystical ethereality of Anda’s existence. This book just…made me feel ALL THE THINGS, and right now, that’s an awesome thing.
I just…you should for sure pick this novel up, Penguins! The prose is breathtaking, the characters are so vibrant and complex… It’s a journey you’ll want to take again, and again, for fear you missed something even more gorgeous along the way (and it’s possible you just might, if you blink!) I’d recommend to lovers of magical realism, transcendent first loves, and inhuman characters. November is calling you, Penguins; are you brave enough to answer?