Monday, September 12, 2011

Must be Author Debut Monday {The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab}

Title:  The Near Witch
Author:  Victoria Schwab
Publisher:  Hyperion
Available:  Now
Source:  Library

About the book:
This book takes place in the town of Near, where children are warned about the Near Witch, but only as a bedtime story.  Then a stranger enters the town where there are no strangers.  Children disappear without a word or sign and Lexi knows she was taught to hunt by her father for this purpose.  She alone will be able to find out what happened to the children and who the stranger is.  She is strong and courageous yet at times timid and fearful.  The story is tagged as part fairy tale and part love story and delivers on both parts!

My take:
What a debut.  Lyrical prose moved this story far more than the actual plot.  I love the way Ms. Schwab wrote this book, so many descriptions that the wind from the moor seemed to seep into my room.  The mystery/suspense part of the book wasn't as well developed because I was able to figure out what was happening quite early on in the book.  However, the writing was really good that I wanted to hear the story just to hear the song in my head!   I would let my preteen read this with no language or sex just a good read! 

About the author:
According to her bio, she's a product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills dad and a southern upbringing.  This is her first book with a second called The Archive in January.  This is definitely one author you probably want to keep on your radar.  For more info you can read about Ms. Schwab on her website

6 out of 7 thumbs up!  Awesome..pick it up!

Not given anything for this review...I read the book because I had heard great things about it.

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