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The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Published by Disney Hyperion
Pages: 288
Ages: Young Adult
Goodreads Summmary:

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.

In the small town of Near everyone remains weary of a powerful magical force thought to have long ago been driven away. When suddenly children begin to go missing and a stranger suddenly appears their fears are realized. Instead of seeking for truth the town members follow in a pattern set long ago, one that could have farther reaching implications than imagined. Lexi, without the help of her deceased father, must now search out the truth on her own and potentially save not only the children in the town, but her own sister and that of the stranger’s life as well.

There is simply nothing as good as a scary bedtime story. You know? The ones told around the campfire late at night that have you shaking in your bed for hours until fatigue finally whisks you away to sleep without your knowledge. As I read The Near Witch I couldn’t help but be reminded of those times in my life when a story came to life in such a way that it had you trembling in the wee hours of the night. I absolutely loved it! It’s not that Victoria Schwab created a story that was horrific or overly graphic, but it was purely beautiful storytelling. A classic fairytale in the making.

With every page turned I kept wondering more and more about the story of the Near Witch, who she was and what really happened to her. Not only that, but I was incredibly curious about what had happened to Lexi’s father, the stranger’s story and what could potentially happen to all the children in the town including Lexi’s sister Wren. To me, this is excellent storytelling. Though I could potentially map out what would most likely be the ending of the story, I was still incredibly curious about what made up the details in between. What I found was exactly what I’d hoped for, a story with perfect timing filled with wonderful characters and a romance that wasn’t too over the top.

The Near Witch is a debut novel that will no doubt thrill and spook fans of classic fairytales and will ignite new fans as well. Victoria Schwab has created a world in the town of Near that I’d love to return to again and again. Lexi, her mother, the stranger, Wren, and even Tyler as well as many other characters made the story come to life and Lexi in particular was exactly the type of female leading lady I love to read about. Don’t miss out on this fantastic debut novel and lose your chance to fall in love all over again within the pages of magic in The Near Witch!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 12 and up. This debut will have you falling in love with fairytales all over again! A story filled with magic and mystery for young adult readers.

Find at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Indiebound
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

  1. Tif says:

    Adding this one to my list right now!

  2. Llehn says:

    I totally loved this book!

  3. Sherry Soule says:

    Thanks sharing your honest thoughts and opinions about the book. It sounds AWESOME!!
    ~Sherry

    Author of the Spellbound Series

  4. Ron says:

    This book is really interesting and I like to have this book so I can read the whole story. The review was good and I think that the story is good also and I think its worth to read.

  5. Sherry Soule says:

    I’ve read nothing but great reviews of this book.

    Thank you for the fantastic and well-written review!
    ~Sherry

    Sherry Soule Website

    Author of the Spellbound Series

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