I was fortunate to read this book prior to its release date thanks to NetGalley.
The Near Witch is a beautiful tale which thrives on its gorgeous writiI was fortunate to read this book prior to its release date thanks to NetGalley.
The Near Witch is a beautiful tale which thrives on its gorgeous writing and prose. Victoria Schwab creates this wonderful, yet haunting setting in the town of Near and its surrounding moor. The book is quite short, so sometimes I felt it was a bit rushed. I especially found the instant bond between Lexi and the stranger to be a tad unbelievable initially, but it developed beautifully over the course of the book, so I quickly overlooked that tiny “flaw”. On the other hand, I also appreciated the quick pace in terms of story development since it never felt like a chapter was purely filler.
The book is advertised as “part fairy tale, part love story” – for me it is actually more of a scary story. I don’t usually get frightened when reading a book, but the eerie depiction of the witch and the wind definitely gave me a chill, so don’t go reading this on a windy night. ;)
I kept wondering in which era the story is taking place, it is never mentioned in a clear way, but you can make assumptions. Overall I think it doesn’t really matter since the story seems timeless.
This is Victoria Schwab’s debut novel and what a high bar she has set for herself. Seeing as The Near Witch is a standalone book, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Expected publication: August 2, 2011 by Hyperion Books CH...more
**spoiler alert** I love this series and was really happy to hear that we would get 3 additional titles. But I wasn't really sure what to expect story**spoiler alert** I love this series and was really happy to hear that we would get 3 additional titles. But I wasn't really sure what to expect story-wise since Valentine had been defeated and who would rise up to be the new villain.
There were a couple of names thrown into that mix, so that had me guessing at first, as did Cassandra's tweets regarding a certain character's demise, but I caught on to that lie of hers pretty quickly. ;)
Seeing Clary and Jace as a full fledged non-incestuous couple took some getting used to, but there were enough other obstacles thrown into the mix for them to compensate.
Simon is as much front and center as Jace and Clary and I must admit that despite liking Simon, I wasn't looking forward to a lot of the book being told from his perspective. But now I can say that my worries have been squashed. I especially enjoyed the many Simon/Jace scenes. Their sarcastic banter is too delightful.
I was happy to see Isabelle be put more front and center this time around. I enjoy her character so much and it was great to see a softer side of her, especially around Simon.
Magnus and Alec are always a delight and I was glad that after 200 pages they finally appeared in the flesh. The jealousy bit was a bit tedious, I felt that had been dealt with already, but the cute make up scenes are always a great payoff.
The new characters fit in well with the story and I guess we're going to be seeing a lot more of them - especially Maureen.
I really enjoy the looming threat of the Seelie Queen and the fairfolk. We got little hints of it throughout this book and I'm interested to see how that story will evolve throughout the next two books.
I must confess that I wasn't as attached to this book like I was to its 3 predecessors, but the last 50 pages or so made the 5 stars seem justified, not to mention the ending(!!!!). I smell lots of drama for the remainder of the series.
One more thing - Jace has to be the most self-hating, self-torturing person on the face of the earth. Cheer up kid! Although, after that ending that's going to be a little tough now.
I guess that leaves us with only one thing - a year long wait until book 5 hits the shelves. *sigh*...more
I was going into this thinking I'd love Will more than Jem, but having finished the book, now I find that I'm torn and right now I think I'm a littleI was going into this thinking I'd love Will more than Jem, but having finished the book, now I find that I'm torn and right now I think I'm a little bit more team Jem. :) Although I guessed a lot of where the story was going, I thouroughly enjoyed the book and being thrust back into the Shadowhunter world. Looking forward to the sequels....more