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The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-stars, fantasy, my-favourites, read-in-2018, whimsy, wow, impossible-to-put-down, soooo-creepy

WOW! I cannot believe this is Schwab’s debut! This was, in my opinion, one of her strongest works! I mean, maybe not *quite* Monsters of Verity or Shades of Magic good, but close! It was a stronger book than The Archived, and I liked it better than Vicious.

Because wow, this book was spectacular! Everything about it was just wonderful!

Let’s do a list of things I liked, shall we? Because I like lists, and also because there was literally nothing I disliked! (Except for the fact that it was so so good, and a fairly short book, and therefore not long enough. Or maybe I’m just mourning the fact that I have now read all of Schwab’s published works (except for the middle grade series about angels that I still can’t quite believe she wrote…))

- The GORGEOUS writing! I mean, it was by Schwab. What did you expect? But still, it’s worth mentioning, because it was AMAZING!!!
- I sort of love her writing style.
- Okay, maybe more than sort of.

- The creepy, atmospheric, amazingness!
- This book was sooooo creepy! I finished it late at night, and well. That went well for my sleep. (Not.)
- I swear, it was SO creepily written. It gave me shivers, and terrified me out of my wits, but in the very best way.
- Seriously. So creepy. Deliciously creepy. And I LOVED THE CREEPINESS OF IT SO MUCH!

- The world building! It was unique and eerie and atmospheric, and lovely.
- And by lovely I mean the world was terrible, but it was amazingly done.
- Because that’s what lovely means, right?

- The CHARACTERS!!
- I sort of adored Lexi. She wasn’t necessarily the *most* unique YA heroine out there, but she was likeable, and she was memorable.
- Lexi was a bit of a rebel. She didn’t like being told not to do something, and so she had a tendency to do it anyways. She was bright and fun, and a caring older sister.
- Cole was also awesome. He was a sweetie with a tragic past (which, let’s face it, is a wayyyy better trope than a bad boy with a tragic past), and I adored him. He was sweet. He was really, really sweet. But he also had a lot to him. His backstory was super sad, and also really interesting!
- I loved Cole. A lot.
- Like, a lot a lot.
- Wren was adorable. Seriously, she was SUCH a sweet, hilarious child. She was a very no-nonsense five year old, who couldn’t be tricked by silly stories.
- She was the absolute cutest.
- And the sibling relationship was beautiful!

- Then there was the romance.
- Okay, I have to say, it was SO insta-lovey. Ridiculously insta-lovey.
- But you know what? I don’t care. The romance was sweet and cute and I shipped it REALLY HARD.

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! There’s so much I’m missing, but OH MY GOSH, I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! You should DEFINITELY go read it! Right away. Just don’t be dumb like me and read it late at night.

***Initial reaction, July 11, 2018***

It is midnight. I am incredibly creeped out. I'm not going to be able to sleep for hours. It was worth it. RTC.
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Reading Progress

December 18, 2017 – Shelved
December 18, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
July 11, 2018 – Started Reading
July 11, 2018 –
page 34
11.97% "Me: *reads a super heartbreaking book.*

Me: Let's read a Schwab book! This sounds like a brilliant idea!"
July 11, 2018 –
page 95
33.45% "In typical Schwab fashion, this book is gorgeous, creepy, and unlike anything I've read before."
July 11, 2018 –
page 152
53.52% "LOVING THIS. So eerie. So magical. So unique. So Schwab."
July 11, 2018 –
page 250
88.03% "What are you talking about? Totally not regretting my decision to read this so late at night...

This book is just so wonderfully creepy, and I scare too easily... 😂😂"
July 11, 2018 – Shelved as: 5-stars
July 11, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 11, 2018 – Shelved as: my-favourites
July 11, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
July 11, 2018 – Shelved as: whimsy
July 11, 2018 – Shelved as: wow
July 11, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 12, 2018 – Shelved as: impossible-to-put-down
November 12, 2018 – Shelved as: soooo-creepy

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☆ Mira ✷ like, creepier than Astrid Dane?


Iris ☆ Mira ✷ wrote: "like, creepier than Astrid Dane?"

I thought so yeah... But then, I didn't find Astrid Dane that creepy personally, so... You might not find this one as creepy, who knows. :)


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Brianna I still have to read a book by this author! I know how much you enjoy her books, and I'm glad you loved this one :)


Iris Brianna wrote: "I still have to read a book by this author! I know how much you enjoy her books, and I'm glad you loved this one :)"

Ahhhh, yes, you need to! I am so completely in love with all her books!


☆ Mira ✷ I’m just mourning the fact that I have now read all of Schwab’s published works (except for the middle grade series about angels that I still can’t quite believe she wrote…)

HAHA THOSE ARE MY EXACT THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MG ANGEL SERIES (honestly I'll probably read it after I finish this and The Unbound just to satisfy the hole in my heart)


Iris ☆ Mira ✷ wrote: "I’m just mourning the fact that I have now read all of Schwab’s published works (except for the middle grade series about angels that I still can’t quite believe she wrote…)

HAHA THOSE ARE MY EXAC..."


Seriously though.
Although I completely plan to read them. Because Schwab.


☆ Mira ✷ I love the sheer contrast between her YA/adult novels where the characters go around killing people and doing other dark things... and this kindhearted "guardian angel" trilogy with such sweet pink covers.

Apparently she signed a book fair deal with Scholastic for them and they sold over 600k copies?! Like WOW Victoria is so accomplished in all ways


Iris ☆ Mira ✷ wrote: "I love the sheer contrast between her YA/adult novels where the characters go around killing people and doing other dark things... and this kindhearted "guardian angel" trilogy with such sweet pink..."

It's sort of amazing honestly...!


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