Hunting November picks up where Killing November left off at Academy Absconditti. The secret is out. After November learned the truth about why she started school at the mysterious academy and who was out to get her, she’s ready to leave. She knows her dad is in danger and hopes he left a trail of clues behind. She’s determined to get to him before its too late.
Ash doesn’t want her to go alone. He’s ready to leave the academy behind and face the real world. Besides, November needs someone who understands the world of Strategia. Together, they set off to find November’s dad and take down the Lions.
After being isolated for weeks, November has trouble adjusting when she and Ash end up in her hometown in Connecticut. Plus, being out in the open puts her even more at risk. With her dad’s clues, Ash and November travel to Europe to find answers once and for all. But in the world of Strategia, nothing is ever easy.
We were so excited to find out what happened to November after leaving the Academy. The sequel definitely lived up to our expectations. It took what November learned from her time at the academy in book 1 and had her put everything into practice. Like usual, November was a bad ass and could outsmart just about any Strategia that stood in her way.
The action was nonstop. Ash and November had so many challenges once they got to Europe and there were plenty of twists that kept us guessing. Mather continued with excellent world building and dynamic characters. The family politics always left us dying to know more. Some of the minor characters from the first book got interesting back stories and we loved seeing them help (or hinder) November’s chances at ending the Strategia conflict.
We also couldn’t get enough of the banter between Ash and November. While romance wasn’t a central plot focus, their undeniable connection had us swooning from the first page. We especially liked that Ash was always clear with his intentions and feelings for November. While it took her a bit to catch on, their romantic journey was A+ and has solidified them as one of our fave YA couples.
While we wish the book had been longer, especially the epilogue, Mather resolved everything well. Except…she still never told us where Academy Absconditti is located. Besides that, we loved how badass November was at the end and look forward to reading more of Mather’s YA thrillers in the future.