Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

The Near Witch


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.(Goodreads)



Book Details

Title: The Near Witch
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Published: August 2, 2011 
ISBN-10: 1423137876
ISBN-13: 978-1423137870
Source: Self Purchase


The Near Witch is one of those stories you want to immerse yourself in, then not come up for days to make sure you’re truly saturated in all it’s haunted beauty.

Victoria Schwab’s lyrical writing style was captivating and it flowed from one scene to the next. Schwab’s imagery of the moor took me back to my own childhood growing up in the country and playing in the pasture land with my own little sisters. Most of all I loved the characters that Schwab created.

Lexi was a perfect lead character and I loved her from the start. Lexi was smart, strong, and protective. She would do anything for those she loved. Lexi knows all the old stories of Near but she can’t bring herself to believe that the council members are right about who is taking the children from their beds at night. I really enjoyed watching Lexi stay one step ahead of the council, especially when it came to her and Cole. Mmm Cole the stranger the wind blew in. Every moment Lexi and Cole were together on the page you could feel the magic.

There is so much more I want to say but I will just start giving one spoiler after  another so I will end it at this:


Happy Reading,

5 moons
5 moons: I absolutely loved it, and will be looking into everything this author writes.

Recommended For

12 and up: Some kissing, it does get spooky at times, and light violence.

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  1. Sounds like a gooder. I want it.

  2. Hi Rebecca! Yes, I'd be delighted to do a guest post for your Spooking the Spine event. Do you have a particilar kind of guest post in mind or is that entirely up to me? When do you need it? Thanks for following me and for participating in my Spooky Giveaway Extravaganza. I'm following you back.

  3. Nice review, I love fairy tales and love stories, a great combo. I get that way sometimes, I want o express how I love the book without giving away too much. Sometimes it is hard to do.

  4. Everyone who has reviewed this book has such great things to say about it. I can't wait to read it!

    Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

  5. @ Lena it is hard at times.
    @ Rachel and Dana you have to read it!

  6. Enjoyed reading the review. Short enough to whet our interest. :) I'm looking forward in seeing this book on the shelf soon.


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