Published by Hyperion/Disney
Date Published: August 2, 2011
Victoria’s debut novel weaves an intense and eery fairy tale that rivals the Grimm Brothers themselves. Told from a female point-of-view, this story will seriously keep you entranced from beginning to end and will leave you breathless and begging for more!
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.
Honestly, I loved this book so much and will be talking about it for a long time! I’m a witch lover and have been since reading Harry Potter, but this is no “Potter/Voldy” magic...this story harrows the deep root of magic itself. Back to the witches that received their powers from the elements. They could even control the elements themselves! But it’s not the witches or the romanticism or the turmoil that will keep you reading...it’s the fairy tale itself.
As the past becomes history and history becomes “just a story”, you will feel connected to Lexi as she searches for the missing children, guards the boy stranger, and even fights for her own livelihood. It brings back the traditional fairy tale told by the “Brothers Grimm” rather than the watered down stories adapted by cartoons and film, which I loved!
So if you are looking for an intense, thrilling, and entirely different story to read, I beg you to pick up this book for yourself as soon as it releases!