Monday, August 15, 2011
Review: The Near Witch
Title: The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Expected publication: August 2nd 2011 by Hyperion Books CH
Summary: "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. "
Thoughts:The Near Witch reminds me of a ghost story people tell over a camp fire. The writing is exquisite and oh, just plain beautiful. It's clear from the beginning that the author put a lot of thought into her story, and it shows.
From the very beginning, the story captures your attention and doesn't lets it go. I loved that Lexi is the non-girly type of daughter who knows how to wield an ax and wears boots. It didn't matter to her what her uncle or even the townspeople of Near said or thought. To her, girls could do anything, be anything. If she has a suspicion about anything, especially the new guy in town, she doesn't just sit around and wait for the men of the town to take care of it. She goes hunting for answers. Who doesn't love a protagonist who goes against what society believes she should be or do?
Then, there's Cole. Oh, Cole and your mysterious ways. What's in a name? I really adored his relationship with Lexi. It was nice how they were curious about each other and how their relationship grew from there. I get so tired of all the insta-love books, that are just way too intense and quite frankly, unbelievable and unrelatable. This was really a nice, refreshing and sweet touch.
If you're looking for an enchanting, original fairy tale, with a hint of creepy, I would recommend checking out The Near Witch. It's the perfect summer read, especially if you're planning on going on a camping trip! Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if The Near Witch is the "it" book of the summer, and really, do you want to be left out of the "know"?