Publisher - Disney Hyperion
Release Date - August 2, 2011
Number of Pages - 282
Series - none
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.
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
This book was absolutely wonderful! It was creepy, haunting...and beautiful.
Victoria Schwab spins the words together in a fashion that makes the story (or the Near Witch) appear at your mind (or your house). The writing was absolutely was amazing and it made the book spooky. It was definitely a high point of the book.
The main character was great and well developed, but she was very different from me, so it was hard for me to relate to her. Lexi was rebellious and I am usually not.
I also really loved the setting of the story. I absolutely love novels set in small towns, probably because I grew up in a small town. The author described it in a way that was very easy to visualize in my head and that made it a lot more real for me. I also loved this aspect of the story.
This book was very good and I definitely recommend this for everyone!
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