The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

Absolutely beautifully written! A fairy tale with a little bit of a creep factor. Yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds… ridiculously GOOD!

The Near Witch was one of those books that you can’t help but read slow… just so you can savor. Usually when I am into a book I cannot stop turning the pages fast enough… but with The Near Witch it was different. I loved the story, but I just had to take my time with each word. Does that seem crazy to anyone else? Was I the only reader to experience this… I call it the “Schwab Effect.”

I simply adored Lexi. She was the perfect protagonist for this story… she just fit it so well. I could picture her, in her father’s boots tromping through the marsh, it was bewitching. (No pub intended.) And Cole was a fascinating character, I was glued to the pages whenever he was present.

Great characters and an even greater story. I don’t want to go as far as saying that I predicted who was stealing the children… I mean it’s not all that hard with the foreshadowing… but at the same time, Schwab  still surprised me. Brilliant!

Can’t wait for more from Schwab!

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