Title: The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schawb
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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.
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.
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 By Victoria Schwab
V. E Schwab (Victoria Schwab) is one of those authors I’ve heard about for a while now. Praise for her Shades of Magic series are high and when I went into Barnes and Nobel, I had every intention on copping the series for myself.
Unfortunately, they didn’t have copies in store so I picked this one up, deciding that reading something that was strictly YA wasn’t the end of the world.
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab wasn’t a bad read. It had great world building, elements of mystery and suspense. It didn’t rush with the details and the way the town of Near was painted was pretty poetic.
The story follows Lexi, a girl who was born to a town that is very prejudice against strangers and witches. Lexi is stubborn, wild, and is fascinated by the magic that lives out on the Moor. When a stranger blows into town and children begin to go missing, Lexi takes it upon herself to find what happened to the children and prove the stranger’s innocence.
There isn’t much I can say about this book. For me, it was a nice book to pass the time with but one I won’t obsess over. Victoria is a great writer and her story was incredibly vivid however, It didn’t click for me. I enjoyed small pieces of the story, especially the rising action part, but it wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down.
The Near Witch gets a 3/5 from me.