Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

The Near Witch
The Near Witch by 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.
Publishes in US: Aug 2nd 2011
Source: Publisher for honest review

*My Review*

   The Near Witch is not what I was expecting, but I still loved it! Lexi is a strong main character with fierce devotion to her family, and who defies expectations. All in a good way- she needs to find out what is going on, and she wants the best for the village. 
   Cole is mysterious, and turns out to be very dependable, charming, and with a very sad story that he had to overcome. 
   The Sisters are awesome- cryptic, and they still care for the village who has seemingly turned their backs on them. 
   The writing itself was lyrical, seamless and polished- the descriptions and imagery drew me in. 

I would love to hear what you think of this book and/or my review.


  1. I am insanely jealous that you have already gotten to read this! I am highly anticipating this one!

  2. Not what you expected but that you still loved...gotta love books like that :D

  3. I just got this one, but don't plan on reading it for some time. I've heard great things though and strong MC's always seem to pull me in.

  4. I am so excited for this book. Yours is the first review I've read. I loved your review! Thank you!


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