It starts with a crack…


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.

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 compan
y.
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.
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.

Aparuta in 2011,prima carte din seria „The Near Witch” (de Victoria Schwab) are un rating de 3,87 (din 5.00) a fost des criticata,si aspru,de unii cititori.Din partea mea cartea primeste 3 din 5 stelute,si va las si voua cateva pagini ,cititile si spuneti-mi ce credeti.😉
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Katie : 1 of 5 stars false
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I stopped at page 82, roughly one-third of the way through.I am at a loss when it comes to all of the rabid fans of this novel. I found it as dull and drab as the grey skies of moor country.The writing is stilted. The narrator is boringly typical. The author named the little sister „Wren”, which is so nauseatingly whimsical and twee, in the YA world of, missing a parent, girls.It did, indeed, feel familiar, as the jacket promised, but not in a comfortable, favorite hoodie, kind of way – more like, „Have I read this before?” It reads like a poorly done mash-up of other, better, supernatural YA books, and episodes of WB monster of the week programming.It’s hard to make witches uninteresting to me, but Victoria Schwab manages to do so. Their names? Magda and Dreska Thorne. Oh, boy.This is paint-by-numbers YA with a large kool-aid drinking fan base (I don’t know how else to explain the gushing reviews). I’m so glad I checked it out of the library as opposed to paying for it.If I sound super harsh, I’m sorry. I’m critical; I’ve been on a losing streak with books lately, and it’s frustrating, to say the least.
Proceed with caution.”
Jaime5 of 5 stars false: „To start I’m going to say wow this book was one of the most imaginative original stories I have read in a long time! Victoria’s words flow like a song through the entire book and there’s never a dull moment.
I rarely find a story where I have absolutely nothing to compare it to all I can say about this one was it reminded me of a ghost story told around a campfire to scare the children to stay in their tents.
I immediately found myself attached to Lexi’s character and also the stranger’s. I felt the up and down emotions of love and loss, smelled the moss on the moor, felt the wind in my hair, and shared their fear. I also really like some of the secondary characters the sisters Magda and Dreska reminded me of my own two grandmothers minus the magic. The Near Witch is scary as all get out and let me tell you I don’t scare very easy but I felt goose bumps the first time I actually met her.
I wanted to post one of my favorite parts to show how Victoria’s words float off the page.
“The music continues, clearer than ever, and it’s hard to listen with only the edges of my ears, because I never noticed how beautiful it is. It’s still on the wind, made by the wind itself, but its wafting toward us like the scent of my mother’s bread, oddly filling.”
I absolutely loved this book! It made me cry and almost jump out of my seat I could not put it down. So if you’re looking for something new and exciting to read go buy The Near Witch when it comes out in August I highly recommend it.!
Thank you Disney-Hyperion for a galley from Netgalley and thank you Victoria Schwab for sending Hallie Patterson at Disney my information for an ARC you all are amazing!”
Hillary Hunt  3 of 5 stars false  :”Victoria Schwab’s writing is lyrical and lovely, I will say that. But the actual story of the Near Witch is rather ho-hum. After all the swooning reviews I read for this one, I was expecting something much more interesting. Here’s why it didn’t capture my fancy:Not much suspense. You pretty much know what’s going on the whole time, there are no surprises. The book is written in first person, from the pov of Lexi. To me, her character came across as very vague. I did not understand where her drive came from. Her voice isn’t memorable or distinctive, as she offers so few insights into her thoughts and feelings.The romance was flimsy and unsupported by the story. They go from strangers to devoted to each other over night. Blink and you’ll miss it. The stakes were too low. You pretty much know there’s no bite in this book when you’re reading it. Makes you care less.The whole plot just felt undercooked. There just wasn’t a lot there. The story felt….small. And I don’t mean in length, I mean in depth and development. I wanted more. I wanted more of who Lexi was, who Cole was, why they were attracted to each other, more suspense, more fear. I wanted there to be more explanation of why Lexi was so compelled to sneak out every night. I wanted Otto to do more than just huff and puff. I wanted a compelling reason to care or worry about the characters. But like I said, it stayed small, thin…..I don’t know how else to describe it. So that all may sound harsh, but honest to goodness I think Victoria Schwab is a wonderful tailor of words. But that was not enough to make this book captivating to me. If you want to best show off a well tailored suit, you need a good frame to hang it on.
My favorite bit:

„My Father used to say that change is like a garden.It doesn’t come up overnight, unless you are a witch. Things have to be planted and tended, and most of all, the ground has to be right. He said the people of Near had the wrong dirt, and that’s why they resisted change so much, the way roots resist hard earth. He said if you could just break through, there was good soil there, down deep.”

De acord cu Hillary Hunt…

Seria: The Near Witch

Personaje:Otto, Wren, Cole, Lexi Harris, Magda si Dreska Thorne

Numar de pagini :282

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