The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion (Children's)
Release Date: August 2, 2011
* Received for review from publisher.
I think it's going to be impossible for me to explain or capture just how gorgeously written The Near Witch is. The best two word phrase that I can use to describe it would be: hauntingly beautiful. Honestly, I could almost just summarize my review at that. As promised, it was part fairytale and part romance. In no way, shape, or form does the romance dominate or trample on the storyline--just in case you were worried about that. And the magic? It's definitely present, but it's subtle in a sneaky sort of way.
You've got Lexi, our main character, who goes hunting for answers in an effort to keep her younger sister, Wren, safe. The Council, which is hiding secrets from the townspeople. Cole, the boy with an extremely mysterious past. And of course, witches. Or perhaps more importantly, the Near Witch. The children's tale plays a very large part in The Near Witch and oh my goodness is the witch creepy!
If you like books with a fairytale feel to them, definitely read The Near Witch if you haven't already!
Overall Rating: ★★★★★