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Title: The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: August 2, 2011
Hardcover: 288 pages
My Copy: Publisher
About the Book:
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 children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. But something tells Lexi 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.
The Near Witch is wonderfully written- magical and mysterious. I love reading about witches, so I was excited to pick this one up. The Near Witch is an incredibly quick read, delightfully intriguing... But let me admit that I did get a little impatient just a little over half way through this book. It began to feel like we were just running around looking for children and not getting to know the characters as well as I would have liked to.
Lexi is the heroine, she is stubborn, smart and knows how to work an axe and hunt. It is fun watching her defy her Uncle Otto- though he means well. I enjoyed Lexi, but I didn't find much satisfaction in any of the other characters, I felt like I didn't know them. Her mother is incredibly intriguing, I wish we would have had more focus on her. She had her moments, but there is something mysterious there and it would have been great to see her character develop more. Cole, Lexi's love interest, held the same for me. Intriguing, mysterious boy... but he didn't really hold his own in the story. Honestly, I was interested more in Tyler.Yes, I know this seems ridiculous, haha, if you read the book you will know what I'm talking about. (But you will probably still think I'm being silly.)
All said and done, this is a legitimately enjoyable read. I sat down and read it in one sitting. The premise of The Near Witch is fascinating, just something in the end kept me skeptical. But if you love folklore, witches and a quick read - jump on this book. You won't regret it!