Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: The Near Witch

The Near WitchThe Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 2nd 2011
by Hyperion Books CH

Book Blurb:

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

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.

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 Review:
The story that is sung by the kids in town, the haunting tale of the Near Witch is coming soon to be true in the small town of Near. When a stranger is spotted on the moor, and children begin disappearing, will the true culprit be closer to home than they realize?
There was much campaigning online about the awesomesauce that was the Near Witch. There have been fabulous trailers and songs made for it, but I did not see it;s amazingness until I too escaped into the Moors.
The Near Witch is a tale of love, of family, and about a town. A town has fears, it has precautions, it has secrets and soon as the story culminates we see the accusations fly amongst the townspeople and their prejudice as children are disappearing in the eve and their distrust of witches escalates. Who will save these children? Are they still alive?
The characters of the novel were absolutely amazing and breathtaking. I loved Cole, can i have him as my Book Boyfriend. With a terrible past Cole arrives at the village of Near in the night and is spotted by townsfolk but also by Lexi. Lexi lives at the edge of the Moor and the town has taken much from her family, so as the fingers point to Cole for the missing kids, Lexi takes it upon herself to redeem him, and to save her sister.
Lexi herself is a strong, willed amazing heroine. She does not give up her fights, and neither does she cower. Lexi is a fabulous character that really gives this strength to the story and is the heart of the tale with her love, acceptance, and her perseverance. Lexi and Cole's tale is heartbreaking as well as breathtaking.
The Near Witch is an amazing debit from Victoria Schwab that will have you on the edge of you seat, and melting into a puddle.

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