Title: The Near Witch
Author: V.E. Schwab
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Length: 284 pages
Published: August 2nd 2011
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.
I loved everything about this book, and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally dive in the mountain of books by V. E. Schwab that I own.
Lexi, the main character, is a strong female lead in a very sexist world without becoming a Mary Sue. She is not the “I am so awesome and perfect but I don’t know it”, I loved her character with flaws and badassness.
The story has a feeling of a fairytale, without time or space, and makes even the small town of Near very exciting to read about. Maybe it is a little predictable and the title gives away some main plot points but I can’t be mad because it got me fooled in a few instances thinking maybe this won’t have the ending I imagined.
Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it a great fun read? Yes! Why 5 stars? Because it was a wholesome cute story with cool characters that I will recommend to anybody. I can only imagine how good the other books by V. E. Schwab have to be if this is only her debut novel.