Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

 Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Expected pub: 8/2/2011 by Hyperion Books CH
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.
What I thought:
Do you remember the movie Hocus Pocus? You know? With Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker… Sarah Sanderson sings to the children and they all come to her??? The Near Witch reminded me of Hocus Pocus – which is wicked fabulous because it remains to be one of my fav movies ever to this day!
In the town of Near a mysterious stranger shows up and then children start disappearing in the middle of the night… Lexi has to find out who is responsible for taking the kids, before her sister become one of the missing and prove Cole innocent before her Uncle shoots him for no other crime than being an outsider (therefore he must be blamed.)

Now “Cole” as Lexi has named him has quite the tragic history… NO. I will not tell you what it is, you must read the book, but you should probably have a few tissues handy. Just saying.

The people of Near are ready, willing and able to blame Cole for the children’s disappearance. Lexi, however thinks it is the Near Witch calling the children from their beds each night… The only problem with her theory is that the witch has been dead for a loooong time.

You can’t believe how this turns out!!! I am literally DYING to put spoilers all over this review!!! Just *ugh* because I can’t say anything or I will give everything away!

Victoria Schwab has written a completely entrancing, romantic and suspenseful read in The Near Witch. Absolutely amazing! Never a dull moment in this utterly enchanting tale- I couldn’t put it down! This is a MUST READ of 2011!

 Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
 ****I received this book from NetGalley****

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26 Responses to Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

  1. Misha says:

    I have got this from Netgalley. Thanks to your review, I am really excited about reading The Near Witch. I a sooooo curious about it now.

  2. Book Sake says:

    Oh my, I might have to request this one. I love Hocus Pocus ("amuck, amuck, amuck") and this read sounds great!

  3. Great review. I really enjoyed the book. Her style is so fluid. Great read. It is a must.

  4. Tristan says:

    Can't wait to read this one, I watched Hocus Pocus the other day with the kids they loved it haha great review Ash!

  5. I LOVED Hocus Pocus!!! that comparison just made me pre-order the book :) great review!

  6. D. Scandal says:

    I'm going to have to look this up! I loved Hocus Pocus, and all things witchy :)

  7. This was all ready on my must read list. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  8. Marla says:

    You hit the nail on the head with the Hocus Pocus comparison. I just finished this one yesterday and I kept thinking of that movie all through it. I loved that about it. My review will be up tomorrow morning.

  9. Missie says:

    Hocus Pocus, but with tears! I'm sold. And that is quite a statement. Normally, witches aren't my thing, but I can't resist following your command. I wonder why?*besos*

  10. Lea says:

    AWESOME!! I am running to Goodreads right now to put this on my TBR pile! Thanks for the review babe :)Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  11. Yay!!! Can't wait to read this book!!!

  12. Jaedia says:

    This one's been on my wishlist for a while now, but what I didn't know? Sarah Jessica Parker was in Hocus Pocus! Then again, I haven't seen that film since I was.. what.. 12? Might have to dig it out again around Halloween time :p

  13. Amber says:

    I just read this one myself and really enjoyed it too! Thanks for the great review.

  14. Hmm… I might keep an eye out for this one. Thanks for the review.

  15. Evie says:

    Hocus Pocus? Say no more! I'm sold :D Great review, babe! You definitely know how to make me want to read a book! :D Thanks! <3

  16. Jenny says:

    OH MY GOSH I LOVE HOCUS POCUS. Seriously, we are the same person. I watch that movie every time it's on the Disney channel! LOVE.Can't wait to read this one, it sounds amazing:)

  17. Small Review says:

    I love Hocus Pocus! :DWasn't that scene at the end of The Near Witch fantastic? Ah! Totally a must read of 2011!

  18. Sweet! I like Hocus Pocus… and I think I have this one sitting for me at netgalley. I have to check. Gah! I'm so organized. :POkay, if I don't have it, I need to get it! Thanks!

  19. I LOVE Hocus Pocus! That movie is awesome! I really want to read this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  20. Rie Conley says:

    I freaking adored this book! I haven't posted my review yet, but I read it like 2 months ago. It's one of those books that you can't not love. And have you talked to Victoria on twitter? She's awesome.

  21. Emily says:

    I love your comparison to Hocus Pocus, such a great movie! I can't wait till this book is out!As These Pages Fly

  22. StephanieD says:

    The synopsis has a very lyrical quality to it. If the book is written in that style then me thinks I must pre-order!

  23. You have had a fantastic reading run :) I love when books rock my world and get me excited!

  24. Great review Ash! This one is on my have to read list for this month, can't wait to get to it!

  25. Sherry Soule says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written review. This book sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read it now.~Sherry Sherry Soule Official Website Author of the Spellbound Series

  26. Ashley says:

    I so SO need to read this one! My friend sent me a copy, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet, and it's killing me! :P It's been on my wishlist forEVER! :P SO glad you loved it!

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