Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab


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. 


This is going to be a kind of short, mini-review.  I was really excited to read this book.  Like, really, really excited.  However, even though almost everyone else was raving about it, I couldn't make it through the novel.  The idea was so interesting and I managed to make it until about page seventy.  However, when I was reading the novel, it felt like a chore.  I would dread sitting down and having to read this book. 

All in all, this sums up my personal feelings on this book (even though most disagree with me): It has a wonderful premise, but the plot moves along slow and I feel that the writing seems forced.

Grade: D+. 

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