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Tori Reviews The Near Witch

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

  • Reading level:Young Adult
  • Hardcover:288 pages
  • Publisher:Hyperion Book CH (August 2, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1423137876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423137870

Book Description:

“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.

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.”

My Thoughts:

The Near Witch is a young adult novel that cast a spell on me from the very first line until the last line.  Lexi lives in the Town of Near where ever
since she was a child she heard tales of the Near Witch.  She always believed the tales were told to frighten children.  The Town of Near has never had a stranger living in their Town.  Then one day a stranger appeared and the very next day children started disappearing.

When the children start disappearing, the stranger is accused.  Lexi was taught to track by her Father, and since her uncle won’t let her help in the search, she sneaks out at night to search on her own.  She then meets the stranger whose name is Cole.  Cole is staying with two witches.  Lexi knows it’s not Cole taking the children and he helps her in the search for the missing kids.  As they continue to search and get to know each other, Lexi and Cole develop a connection and feelings for one another.

The more Lexi learns she soon realizes that the tales of the Near Witch are really true and not just a story to frighten children.  She learns how to stop the Near Witch from the other witches.  Lexi needs to find and bury her bones at the house she lived in.  Then her sister disappears before she can find and bury the bones.  Will Lexi be able to find the bones in time to save her sister?

I thought Victoria did a really good job with the story.  She was very good with drawing you into the story and keeping you there.  I loved all the characters in the book. The characters felt so alive to me and Lexi was a very strong character.  I think she was a lot like her father in every way.  She’s very strong, caring, tough and stubborn.  She refused to listen to her uncle and did what she felt was best.
I loved Cole too. I really enjoyed the romance between him and Lexi.  You could feel their connection and their attraction to one another.  I could feel Cole’s pain.  His past was eating him up inside.  I think Lexi’s love and faith helped him through that and showed him that he was a better man.

I really enjoyed this book.  I can’t wait to read future books by Victoria Schwab.


Check out Victoria Schwab and her books at her Blog.

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August 25, 2011 - Posted by | New Releases, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , ,

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