Bookanistas Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Summary: 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.

Things I loved about it:

This is a book where every word holds so much weight, you can’t wait to read more because you can’t wait to see how the language is going to continue to unfurl.  The first time I read it, one of the first things I said was that I wanted to get an audio book of it, because just listening to the words was almost as hypnotic as the winds on the moors in Near.

The characters are all fascinating and dynamic, from the mysterious Cole to the steadfast Lexi, but my favorite is absolutely the sisters.  The Near Witch has a lot in common with the traditional fairy tale, but her characters are more vivid and fascinating all around.

Near itself.  I’m a sucker for settings.  So much thought and detail went into the town of Near, from the way it was constructed to its location, to the way the people acted.

And then there’s the story.  I absolutely loved it.  I mean, it had witches so right off the bat you know it was going to be a good book.  But the plot and the pacing and the EVERYTHING…it was fantastic.

THE NEAR WITCH is available NOW, so you should drop everything and go pick up your copy!

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