Sunday, April 22, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 35 "The Near Witch"

I stalk follow Victoria Schwab on Twitter, but it's taken me awhile to get around to reading her haunting debut. This weekend, I stayed up way too late and devoured this beautiful story.

 Lexi lives in Near with her mother and sister. Since her father's death, she has begun to step into his shoes (literally: Lexi wears his old hunting boots when she goes out roaming on the moor outside of Near). One night, a strange wind starts blowing, and a strange boy appears. The next night, children begin to disappear from their beds. Lexi doesn't believe that Cole, the stranger, has anything to do with the disappearances, but the rest of the village quickly gives in to fear of the unknown. Lexi and Cole must work quickly to discover the sinister secret of the Near Witch, a creature who was murdered hundreds of years ago by the villagers. The truth, however, is much more complicated, and the odds seem stacked against Lexi and the mysterious boy. The villagers may not remember the truth of the Near Witch, but that doesn't mean she isn't real.

This excellent story has at its core a very classic tale of wicked witchcraft: it's a ghost story tinged with revenge, and the whole thing reads like a beautiful, familiar fairy tale. What's even more exciting is the fact that this book is soon to be released in paperback. Victoria Schwab has included a tantalizing surprise in the paperback edition, which you can read about here.  

What's your favorite fairy tale (modern or old)?

Make sure you visit the other 100 Books Challenge participants to see what they've been reading.


  1. This sounds really interesting. I love fairy tales. :)
    The Ordinary Princess is my favorite.

    1. I haven't read that one yet, but I just looked it up online: sounds charming! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I finished gobbling this up today. V. Schwab is obviously an old soul in a young author's body. Beautiful writing, and a classic, elegant tale.