Book Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal > Witches

“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.


Yay for being eerie and creepy!

The Near Witch is perfect for a Halloween read! The story is rich in detail and Schwab is a gifted storyteller. There is something unconsciously scary about a village being plagued by a singing wind, eh? The wind that whispers through the night, inviting the children (even Lexi hears it) to come out and play at night. *goosebumps*

I love how Lexi reminisce about his father. It is apparent that it was a bond of love, and sometimes, longing. But not bitterness over his father’s death. Ain’t it refreshing to read Lexi’s normal yet heartbreaking memories of him? And she’s a tracker just like him! She knows how to hunt and track anything. =)

I was mesmerized with the legend of the Near Witch. Truly, fear can only come from the baseness of things. Apprehension, Guilt, Cruelty. The village of Near has it coming to them. Ha! But snatching of children in the dead of night with nothing but the singing wind as witness, it becomes scary.

I would have given this a 5 if not for the abrupt, “that’s it?!!” ending. Still, I really really liked this spooky read!

The Near Witch is true to its form. I believe I like those witch’s stories who got burned in the stakes better, if I want to be truly afraid of their lot.


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