Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab.
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH.
Pages: 288.
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 is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeously written novels I have ever read. Victoria Schwab's spectacular debut is magical, romantic, haunting and has secured a spot on my all-time favorite list.

First, let me express to you all how beautifully this book is written. Seriously. The descriptions and dialogue and everything about it is just so lyrical and expressive and graceful that at times it really felt like I was reading a classic fairytale. And when it came to the scenes about the witch, I got goosebumps. Even while being ridiculously creepy, this book still managed to be beautiful.

The story kind of reminded me of Hocus Pocus (well ... the beginning of the movie, anyway) what with the disappearing children in a small town and the hated witch and such. I love that beyond the romance (which is also amazing) this is sorta like a Whodunit. This book would've been fantastic had it just been about Lexi and Cole's romance, but I like the touch of adventure and intrigue it has.

And even though I mentioned it earlier, I have to bring it up again. The romance between Lexi and Cole ... *dreamy sigh* I thought it was absolutely perfect. Not overbearing, not too intense. Just perfect.

Overall, The Near Witch is simply captivating. I loved every part of this novel and I will now be chomping at the bit for another novel by Victoria. If my gushing review hasn't already made it's point - get your hands on a copy of this book. Right now!

Other reviews for The Near Witch:
Coffee And Cliffhangers.
i swim for oceans.
The Serpentine Library.
365 Days Of Reading.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review. I've heard so many great things about this one, I can't wait to read it!