November 06, 2011

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

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.

Epic Wins:

  • This book, for starters, was like mental candy and I am kind of addicted to it. A strait shot of awesome! 
  • The plot kept twisting and turning in delicious and devious ways, thrusting me into the story and keeping me entirely too hooked.
  • Lexi- She was the hardcore, knife-wielding, butt kicking type of heroine that I LOVE to read about.
  • Cole- He was mysterious with sides of magical and sweet. He made the perfect match to Lexi's personality
  • The setting- Near was a small town full of dark secrets from the past and unbridled fear making it the perfect setting for the plot.
  • The time period- I could never pin down an actual time period but they used candles and the girls all wore dresses or skirts so it wasn't modern day. 
  • The Sisters- They were wise/all seeing women. They almost remind me of the fates from Greek myth, except they have all there eyes and they were minus a sister. 
  • Schwab has this amazing talent with transporting. I swear it's like I am sucked into the pages and into the story.
  • Lexi's mother- She went from being considered a 'ghost' to, in her small ways, taking a stand.
Epic Fails:
  • Not a fan of Tyler or Bo for that matter.
A book that wraps you up in the characters, the plot and the setting seamlessly. 

Want more information about The Near Witch? Check out the Goodreads page  here.

just sayin, 

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