Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
I adored every page of this book. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab wouldn't let me go from the minute I picked it up at night until 2AM the next morning! Lexi's quiet life in Near is shattered forever by the mysterious disappearance of children in her village each night, and the sudden arrival of a strange boy who seems to dissolve into smoke. As Lexi's budding feelings for the only stranger she's ever met grow, so does the distrust and anger of the villagers as more children continue to vanish. Lexi and the boy must work together to uncover the hidden past of the Near Witch, a woman whose death is shrouded in secrecy and shame, before they run out of time. The lyrical imagery of the wild moor where Lexi lives haunts the reader's senses with snatches of moonlight and mist. However, it is how Schwab juxtaposes the fear of the supernatural unknown with the justifications that people make for their choices that I find most fascinating. Following one's fears has consequences, and Lexi's indomitable will is all that stands between Near and a witch's wrath.