Author: Victoria Schwab
Format: ePub ARC
Pages: 288 Hardcover
Published: August,2 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds
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.
Let me start by saying, books don't scare me. They do not freak me out, I don't get the heebie jeebies from them. Nadda. That is, until I read The Near Witch.
Let me just set the scene...I'm in my bed reading by the simple light of my Nook Color. My husband is slowly falling asleep next to me and my cat has decided to come in and sleep too. Out of the corner of my eye, during a particularly eerie part of the book, my cat thinks it's cool to come up and sleep by my head. The simple movement out of the corner of my eye catches my attention, I look over in the direction of the movement and my cats eyes flash in the light of my nook causing me to jump and scream. Cue Husband laughing hysterically....for 10 minutes straight. I continued to read for about 15 minutes longer after that, then wrapped myself up tight in my blankets convinced if my feet or hands left the safety of the blanket shield I made, The Near With would get me.
I'm still getting teased by my husband.
This book hugely suspenseful, with creepy and scary making appreaances in the kind of way that an M. Night Shyamalan movie does. You're not being chased by a weirdo in a mask toting a chainsaw, but still you're considering peeing your pants out of fright. It's chalk full of the kind of scary that is so simple and real you can't help but check over your shoulder. We also have romance, so never fear those of you for you will not only get frightened, but some "awwww" moments too.
I loved all the characters and felt they were solid, and well written. I did not like Tyler however; he's a huge jerk, the kind of character you hate. Not love to hate...just hate. (I'm just going to blunt.) My only wish, if I could change anything about this book would be that Tyler got a dose of his own medicine, or at least has something more"final" happen to him. I think that his ending in the book was a little to "ever after" for what he deserved.
Wrapping up, this was a great stand alone book, which we don't get very often and I must say I do miss, I feel everything is a series these days. I want a creepy book trailer, I want a movie....I want you to read this book with the lights on and avoid the utter embarrassment I'm facing today! 4.5 Birds!