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Short Description for Near Witch, the Sixteen-year-old Lexi, who lives on an enchanted moor at the edge of the village of Near, must solve the mystery when, the day after a mysterious boy appears in town, children start disappearing.
- Published: 02 August 2011
- Format: Hardback 282 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781423137870 ISBN 10: 1423137876
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Find Full Review at http://www.readingangel.com/2011/08/near-witch-by-victoria-schwab-review.html
The Near Witch is a lyrically beautiful and haunting tale. I loved how it had the feel of an old fairy tale. The words had such a smooth and beautiful flow to them that really helped to make the words jump of the page and come to life. by Reading Angel
Ok, I'm going to warn you, this review might be a little fangirly.
Once I read the synopsis I was captivated, but I was also a little wary, because sometimes the synopsis gives away it all and makes the book dull and boring. This was NOT the case! I was drawn in from the first page, each word pulling me further and further into a spellbinding novel.
The way the Near Witch was written is different than any I have ever read before. It was descriptive, lyrical, and semi-poetic, each word had a purpose and a mission. Some people don't like description in novels, but I happen to like it, and the Near Witch is a great example why. The moor and its inhabitants seemed so real and were painted so beautifully that I felt myself feeling for all the people whose kids were taken.
I loved the characters in The Near Witch, they were seamless and believable, none of them did things that were out of character. Lexi is one of my new favorite characters, she is reminiscent of other kick-butt heroines such as Katinss from The Hunger Games and Katsa from Graceling. She didn't let anything anyone said stop her from doing what she thought was right, she is a great example to girls everywhere.
Cole... oh Cole. He was filled with so many surprises and twists. Also he wasn't a "bad boy" that is so prevalent in books today. He was sweet as well as not being a pushover.
When I first picked up this book I was going through kind of a reading slump and The Near Witch blew my mind and reminded me why I love to read and why I love to blog. It reminded me why I called this blog A Reader's Adventure. Because some books take you to places and worlds that you could never have imagined in a million years. The Near Witch was my adventure, and Victoria Schwab was my expert travel guide. Thank you Victoria for the reminder.
The Near Witch combined everything that is good about books, beautiful writing, exquisite characters, amazing world building, with just a touch of good old-fashioned scariness. This was the best book I have read this year and possibly in years. by Mariah L
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One tale not to be missed!!!
"The Near Witch" by Victoria Schwab is a tale set in a time long ago in the village of Near when people still believed in magic and witches both evil and not so evil...but mainly it's a tale about the Near Witch and redemption.
Children have been disappearing from their beds at night without a trace and the townsfolk of Near look with suspicion at a mysterious stranger that seems to be able to appear and disappear at will. He unfortunately appeared in Near the night before the disappearances began. Lexi, a young lady living at the outskirts of Near with her mother and little sister Wren, wants to be like her deceased father...a man in touch with the magic of the moors and an expert tracker...even wearing his boots with socks stuffed in the toes and his knife belted around her waist. She is determined to keep the children, especially Wren, safe from what she believes could be the ancient Near Witch come back to life from centuries before. However, with a strange young man appearing and disappearing before Lexi's own eyes even she is not sure who is the real culprit could be.
Victoria Schwab has written a tale reminding me a bit like those by the Brothers Grimm that can be read, re-read and enjoyed by young adults and adults alike and as Grimm's tales and fables there are also lessons to be learned woven throughout the story. I was totally immersed in the author's description of the town and people, the sound of the moors singing in the wind and especially the magic and humor of the witches both evil and not so evil, feeling almost as a villager myself in Near watching the drama unfold before my eyes and not merely reading words on a page. Victoria Schwab has offered the reader a bit of her own magic in her tale of "The Near Witch".
(I received an ARC from the publisher) by Cecilia Huddleston