Title: The Near Witch
Pub Date: 2 August 2011
Author: Victoria Schwab
I absolutely love ‘The Near Witch’ by Victoria Schwab. It’s a perfect blend of romantic fantasy and fairy tale. The storyline was highly original and I have to say that the author have quite a way in expressing her imagination.
I find the story is refreshing and unpredictable, and that is really something for a fairy tale.
I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy reading fantasy. You wouldn’t want to miss the world of magic and wonders that this book had to offer.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Disney-Hyperion via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this 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 strangerâ€”a boy who seems to fade like smokeâ€”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 Lexiâ€™s need to knowâ€”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.