Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Source: Publisher
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.
Review: Amazing. Wonderful. Poetic. Breathtaking. All of those adjectives TRY to describe The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. The summary, initially, is what drew me into reading this book. I’m not the biggest fan of the cover but holy moly, the summary made the book sound good. The book was ten times better than I had anticipated it to be.

There are some books out there that leave you breathless because of how beautifully and gracefully the author has written the book. The Near Witch is one of those books. Victoria Schwab’s writing is so epic. This book, with her descriptions and dialogue made this book come alive. It was like a bed time story come alive in the most perfect way. I just love the way she can weave words together and make it so that I can’t put the book down. She created such a scary yet awesome image of the town of Near, The Witch, the people of the town, Lexi, and Cole. To books like The Near Witch, I can’t find the right words to describe how much I loved it.

I loved Lexi. From the beginning, I knew this girl was real. Lexi was sometimes stubborn or headstrong or scared or just loyal. She has respect for herself and others but she knows her limits as well. If her uncle thinks she can’t cut wood? Lexi would go and cut the wood and bring it to her uncle. She wouldn’t let her gender get in her way. Lexi has such a strong devotion to her father, mother, and little sister that I found it to be admirable. She would do anything to help them.

Cole was such a great character and the romance was just wonderful. The thing about Lexi was that she didn’t go all swoony on Cole. She was curious about him and wanted to be his friend. She wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery. She wasn’t interested in love, exactly, just some answers. Cole himself had a hard life and found it hard to know what to do in certain times. Lexi and Cole became friends before they fell for each other. It was just perfect.

Do I recommend this book? YES! I think that when this book comes out this fall, everyone should get it and read it. Believe me, it’ll all be worth it. And if you’re like me, then after reading this book, you won’t be able to get it out of your head.

Overall: 5/5
Cover Comments: 4/5I just don't think this cover really captures the amazingness that is this book!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with everything you said in this review!! Her writing is freaking amazing!!! So beautiful. And I love how the romance between Lexi and Cole is slow and starts out as a genuine friendship. AWESOME review!! =)