Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Blog Tour - The November Girl By Lydia Kang {Review & Giveaway!}

Very excited to be hosting the official Blog Tour for November Girl, one of my most anticipated book releases! Make sure to read my thoughts on it and enter the Giveaway at the end of this post! Would you be interested in reading it? If yes, make sure to add it on your TBR list!
Title: The November Girl

Author: Lydia Kang

Publication Date: November 7th, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
**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."

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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. Because when November comes, she cannot ignore the storms that call out to her. It's her destiny to bring them to life and sink every ship that dares to cross the sea and come to the Island during that particular month. Her mother and sisters have done it before her and now it's her turn to take on the role of the November Witch. When the two meet, worlds collide and sparks fly, something they obviously are not able to ignore. The temptation is too much and they soon find themselves in a difficult situation, with Anda trying to suppress her true nature and Hector doing everything he could in order to save her from herself.

Hector and Anda were the reflection of each other. Both were broken and traumatized by what they went through and their pasts are unveiled as the story progresses. Hector is visibly struggling with his new life on the island and Anda is very curious to get to know him. She's intrigued by this mysterious and lonely boy who came to live on her island. He makes her feel thinks she has never felt before, emotions she didn't believe she was able to actually experience in her lifetime. She feels human when she's around him and even though she doesn't want to be rescued, she definitely makes an effort to keep her true nature at bay and control the chaos inside her. Hector is also fascinated by this ethereal creature that he did not expect to meet on an empty, lifeless island. I feel like, even though they did reflect each other on a lot of aspects, they also completed each other perfectly. Which is something they tried to avoid at the beginning, because a connection like this would obviously hinder them from their goals and keep them away from achieving what they initially set out to achieve.

Both characters were very likable and at the same time, peculiar. The story itself is complex and unique! Nothing is clear from the beginning, which gives the book an authentic feel that is very uncommon. The combination of these complicated characters with an unpredictable plot is definitely something I definitely was not expecting so, we can say that I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpectedness of it all. Their relationship progressed beautifully and nothing was instant or normal about it. It was definitely not love at first sight, since they both tried to stay away from each other at the beginning. It took a while for them to connect on a deeper level and form a bond that would not be easy to break. Their interactions made up for the absence of important secondary characters in the book and they managed to be the center of their own story, without leaving any gaps or makings readers feel like something vital was missing from the plot.

I loved everything about this book and how different it was from anything I've read before. It definitely managed to transport me in its magical world, with its interesting characters and beautiful writing! And I wouldn't have had it any other way. I wouldn't exactly say that this is a fast paced novel so, don't go into it expecting anything like that. It's one of those rare books that slowly builds the reader's excitement and reaches that perfectly executed climax at the end. Overall, The November Girl is a title I cannot recommend enough, especially if you're looking for that mysterious and extraordinary read that will wake you up and keep you at the edge of your seat until you finish it!
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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