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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab
Pub. Date: August 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Format: Hardcover, 288pp
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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.

THE NEAR WITCH lured me into its pages with a mesmerizing tale of whispers on the wind. I loved the protagonist’s voice. There was always an air of mystery in the way Lexi described her village and the moors. I was fascinated with the setting of this book. I think this is one of the reason’s I enjoyed this book so much.

Once again, I like my heroines to be strong and independent. Lexi was no exception. She’s a skilled hunter and pretty much stands up to the village council and her uncle when they treat her like a child. Cole, the mysterious stranger was a welcomed attraction. I was always wondering what was going on inside his head. It was just refreshing to read about a new crop of characters.

Overall, this book implanted me within a time period that was mysterious and captivating. Schwab captured me with her beautiful writing. I will definitely be reading more books from this author.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


  1. Good! I just bought this for the Kindle. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  2. I just read an interview from this author and was to hear more on this book. It sounds interesting and I am glad you enjoyed it! Great review :)

  3. Sounds like an awesome book. I've heard great things about this. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.


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