Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

  • Pub. Date: August 2011
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Format: Hardcover , 288pp
  • Young Adult
  • Author: Victoria Schwab

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.


This book took me a little by surprise. It moved along just right. No dragging. It was different from anything Ive read lately. I really like the old fairy tale feel to it. It was spooky with out being really scary. I felt like a little kid listening to ghost stories. It was a little dark but just the right amount. Lexi was a refreshing character, she was stronger than I thought she would be. I really liked the times when Lexi would speak her mind. Then comes Cole.......Ah Cole, he is so mysterious and something about him is pulling Lexi to him like a magnet. This story is captivating and so so interesting. I had that spooky feeling the whole time. The setting is kinda dark and gloomy but still keeps you wondering how all the pieces will fall together. I really enjoyed this story it was a refreshing take on old fables. I honestly cant wait to read more from Victoria Schwab. It would be nice to see a sequel to The Near Witch and see how some things work out and unfold. I was very lucky to get to read this book thanks to Shannon at Stalking The Book Shelves and Southern Book Bloggers.  

Go read this book, it is wonderful:)

I give it 4 out of 5 stars , the only thing it was lacking was a little more romance. 

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