The name itself was enough to make me want to read this right away. I mean really! The title, cover, and summary make it sound like such a thrilling and mysterious read. And it definitely was.
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.
This was just the book I needed to pick me up from a reading slump. It was action-packed, well-written and developed, had some really great characters, and a cute ‘lil romance to boot.
There was something happening on every page of this book, I just couldn’t stop reading! Fights, backstabbing, intrigue, and murder (attempted and successful) make for a great plot. There were some times where I wish some mysteries would have been explored and expanded on earlier in the book, but I’m hugely impatient and objectively think the author did a great job with the pacing of the story. There was enough a great balance between fights/murder and the slower teasing out of mysteries and relationships.
The backstory the author created is so, so cool. All the students in this school are children of Families who have a hand in world events as advisers, assassins, spies, and more. Their kids attend this school to learn skills in history, fighting, languages, etc. in order to take over a role in the Family business. The author integrated some really cool real-world history with the storyline that made her world seem more realistic.
The characters were a lot of fun. November did get a bit annoying, but I also don’t like characters who don’t seem to know what’s going on and that’s a big part of her character arc, so it’s mostly personal preference on my end. Ash was, of course, the bad boy that we love but can’t quite trust. His sister and November’s roomie was one of my favorite characters to see develop and grow. There was a great cast of side characters that helped make the plot amazing and played some interesting roles as well.
Killing November ends in such a great place. We got resolution from the main plot of book one but we also have so many unanswered questions and the beginning of a new, equally interesting story that expands of the world the author established in book one. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, mystery lovers and haters alike!
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