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.”
Author: Lydia Kang
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: November 7th 2017
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Self Harm, Rape
Again with the beautiful covers. But this also had the concept to lure me in, too. No, what had really happened was I read a few glowing reviews, got blinded and auto bought it. And… I’m a little underwhelmed? I do acknowledge that I over anticipated and hyped this book up in my head quite a bit… My fault.
Anda is the daughter of the lake, and doesn’t have a lot of humanity in her. Hector is a runaway with a tragic past. Both are alone on this island. The premise is amazing. The November Witch? Huge storms and such? Sign me up. And the sensitive topics? Sexual abuse, physical abuse, racial topics (Hector is Black/Korean). It wasn’t shoved down my throat, it was weaved into the story gradually and naturally.
Yet, despite the cool premise, the characters made at the central point of the story. Anda and Hector are opposites, so this leads to the opportunity for both of them to learn from each other. I won’t lie, I like Anda more than Hector. She was so apathetic and amazing. Hector… was missing something? I felt for him, but his character didn’t cling to me as well as Anda did. I did have an issue with the romance. Well, it’s not really an issue… I just got bored and uninterested with it after a while.
The pacing was a bit confusing, it was fast yet slow? I did have to take breaks and some parts lost my interest. And the ending? Don’t know how to feel about it. I usually love open endings, they tend to satisfy me (which is strange since they’re open). But this ending… again, don’t really know how to feel about it. Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it felt a bit lacking.