Paperback Perils: The Near Witch

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Title: The Near Witch
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: 2020
Publishing House: TITAN BOOKS

I have read a number of V.E. Schwab books and I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I discovered it when wondering Barns and Noble a few weeks ago along with Walk the Wild with Me. A note on the publication date: this book has been published by a couple of different publishing houses and I noted the one in my copy. I believe this book was first published in 2011.


From GoodReads:

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.


The writing in this book puts me I mind of the moor on which it takes place. There is a bit of back and forth but it fits the book. Lexi is always returning home or going to where she knows help can be found.

Schwab story tells the reader to do what is right even when those in power tell you it is wrong. And it is especially difficult to defy family but sometimes that is what be done to see the truth.

There is some romance in this book but thankfully it is not too over the top and all mushy. There is a interaction that I love though between Lexi and her childhood friend – who wants to be more to her. Her reasoning for not responding to his feeling is beautiful and something we could all learn from.

Because I loved the little boy were, and now you’re growing up to be something else…everything is a game to you, Tyler…you just want to win.

The Near Witch

I recommend this book for fans of V.E. Schwab, for fans of magic and old stories, and for fans of the wild and wide open spaces.

Other V.E. Schwab Book Reviews:

Stay safe our there everyone and happy reading!


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