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Killing November had me intrigued from the very beginning. I have to admit that it took me a few chapters to fully get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading.
We follow November, who lives in a very quaint town with her father. She goes to a normal school and has normal friends, and for the most part, lived a normal life. Her mother died when she was 6, so it’s just her and her father. She is close to her Aunt, even though they don’t live close to one another.
From what November’s been told, Her father is a former CSI Agent. Growing up he has always taught her different survival skills. She has always thought it was because of his background in the CSI, but she soon finds out it’s because of other reasons. Something has happened to her Aunt Jo so her father decided to send her off to a “school” to keep her safe while he takes care of Jo. This all happens in a rush and her father can’t really give her details about this school but she trusts her father enough to go along without fighting.
November has no idea what to expect and she’s in for a real treat. This school she is sent to is completely off-grid. There is no way for anyone to sneak onto the premises but there is also no way for anyone to sneak out. There are tons of traps to catch whoever is coming in or out. Along with being completely off-grid, the school has a crazy eye-for-an-eye punishment system, and have some insane punishments for breaking the rules. This isn’t your usual school with the usual educational classes, the classes here include knife-throwing, poisons, strategy, and history. November soon realizes she is at a school with a ton of soon-to-be assassins, spies, and who knows what else.
November is also realizing that being the new girl is the worst, especially when you get thrown into a world you know nothing about, and everyone else seems to think you should. She makes a few friends, but it’s not the easiest, and there is really no one you can trust. While at this school November will learn a lot about her family’s history, and her past as well.
I really liked November. I loved learning things right along with her. She was fun to follow, and never really annoyed me at all. There were a lot of twists and turns and so many great scenes! Once I understood more and got more into November’s character I couldn’t put this book down. I had to know what happened next.
I was so excited to find out that this was the first book in a series! Towards the end of the book, I was wondering how the crud Adriana was going to tie everything up. I decided to look up the book on Goodreads to see if it may be part of a series and was so happy to see it was! I cannot wait to read the second book!!!
This book was a fun little ride. I wasn't sure what I was getting into what I started, but I enjoyed it all. Here are all my thoughts while reading...
- Right from the beginning I was very intrigued by all of this. I had no idea why she was where she was and what the crud happened.
- All I knew at this point is that the school is insane. I disliked Layla at first but I really liked Ash.
- I also really liked November.
- Aarya was horrible and so was her little group, goodness.
- The scene where she beats Nix the second round was awesome!
- I couldn't believe that Matteo hit her! He must know her mom. That's who he was talking about.
- I still wasn't sure what was going on.
- I really liked Ash at this point and was liking Layla more and more.
- Seriously, Brenden and Christian are horrible people. All I could think of was that this school was crazy.
- What the world! Stefano is dead. I couldn't believe it. Who killed him and who the heck was framing November.
- I loved that she and Ash were going to try to figure out who did it.
- I loved Layla and Ash. They were the best. Them all working together made me so happy.
- Conner and his talk with November was so dumb. I do not like him.
- I loved what professor Kaylan said. That was so dang interesting. I did a bunch of fact-checking and researching and it was all true. Loved it!
- Wow, that climbing scene was intense. The teacher was right, Matteo could have killed her if he wanted to.
- I loved that November left. She knew she couldn't handle hiding and keeping quiet so she left like Ash said. I really thought that was super mature of her.
- Eek! Aarya knew she was in the room.
- I'm glad she came clean to Ash about not knowing anything. But what the crud is going on. I'm excited to find out the truth about her family.
- It was Charles!!! He tried to kill November but Ash saved her! That was insane. And then Blackwood just killed him like it was nothing. That was even more insane.
- I really liked Ash and November's relationship.
- That mind game was insane. I love how November knew to help Aarya first. That was super smart. I'm pretty sure that Ines noticed that. That is why she ran to help her with Layla after.
- Nyx is crazy! I got that she is super mad about Charles, but dang. She tried killing her.
- I really disliked Conner. There is something going on with him.
- I was so sad to hear about Jo. That was horrible. I was so ready to see who the crap is up to this. Who is doing all of this?
- Not Layla!
- I loved that November was going to go talk to Aarya. I thought it was a brilliant idea. Even if Ash didn't. And yes, they finally kissed.
- I was so glad that the conversation went well. I had a feeling it would. But the stuff that she said about Ash didn't make sense.
- Wait, what, Ash??? I understand though I wish that November understood faster.
- Not Felix!!
- I couldn't believe Conner was her uncle. That was insane.
- I knew it was going to be Aarya! Yes! This was getting so good!
- I was so glad that everyone was okay. But now I'm wondering why Blackwood hired him in the first place.
- What an ending, I had no idea that this book was the first in the series! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!!!