Review: Killing November
It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. There’s no electricity, no internet, and an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. And all of the students are children of the world’s most elite strategists—training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. Into this world walks November Adley, who quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November, who must figure out exactly how she fits into the school’s bizarre strategy games before she is found guilty of the crime…or becomes the killer’s next victim.
Woah. Wow. I kind of have no words. I just finished this incredible book and I totally have that deep gut-wrenching feeling - you know the one when you finish reading something so good that really affects you, that you don't know what to do with yourself? That one. What do I do now? I assume there will be a second book -- there NEEDS to be a second book.
I'm SO glad I requested an ARC for this and I'm SO glad I got it because THIS was BRILLIANT. My first impression of this book as I started reading was that it was going to be fun. And I was so so so right. It was fun, cunning, clever, deceptive and wild. It literally felt like I was reading Hogwarts for assassins meets The Sopranos. The world-building was perfect. The writing was impeccable. And the characters, even the ones you're supposed to hate, were so well-rounded and likable. I got sucked in immediately. Killing November is incredibly suspenseful, with secrets that unravel slowly and you can't get the answers you need fast enough - but it's so worth it!
At first, we’re just as lost as our heroine is in this new, crazy world that she’s been dumped into. But we slowly discover what's going on and it opens an entirely different world. We're given clues throughout the story as to what's going on, and it was so thrilling to be able to potentially figure out what was going on and happen to be right a few times. All the connections, all the hints and all of the training and classes build up to to a phenomenal conclusion of this first book.
November, our heroine, is smart and quick on her feet and I immediately liked her for her unashamed curiosity and openness. She was such a good narrator and I thrilled that as a reader, I was able to make some type of emotional and mental connection with her. And Ash - I loved Ash. I loved her slow-burn (let's be real - incredibly slow slow slow burn) friendship with him. More of them soon, please!
This was definitely a fun little world of feuding families, rivalries and mysteries with the unspoken promise of danger. I'm so happy I was able to get lost in it for a few hours. Let's do it again with the next one, pretty please?!
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.