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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday- The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we share the upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on.

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.

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.

My Thoughts: This book sounds absolutely amazing. Who wouldn't want this book?! I hate that I have to wait several months before getting a copy. Plus, Victoria is an awesome lady who I've chatted with a bit on Twitter and she's giving me road trip snacks to eat on the way to her launch party since it's quite a long trip. And the cover is gorgeous even with the "Cover Not Final" thing over it. I'm just really excited.

THE NEAR WITCH comes out August 2, 2011 from Disney/Hyperion.


  1. Awesome pick! I'm so extremely excited for this one...such a bummer that it comes out in August though :(

  2. Wow this definitely sounds intriguing. A boy who disappears sounds like a ghost.

  3. Great pick! Even though I don't really like host stories (other than Mediator), this one sounds intriguing. :D

  4. Thank you so much for featuring TNW!!

    And Animegirl, it's not really a ghost story, don't worry.


  5. Near Witch is an awesome book! I don't think you'll be disappointed when you get the chance to read it. Its a book that reads like a fairy tale and is one where I savored every word.