THE NEAR WITCH combines several of my favorite things: mystery, romance, and magic. I think that's like the trifecta of awesome for me.
Mystery: There's a new boy in town in THE NEAR WITCH, and that's not a good thing. And when children start going missing? Yeah, that's bad news. Lexi, the MC, has to figure out what's going on with the mysterious guy, and find the children.
I love a good mystery, and THE NEAR WITCH has one.
Romance: So the new boy in the town of Near is Cole, and he's mysterious and see-through (yes! See-through!) and kind and my favorite part: broken. I don't know, maybe I just really like broken characters (I do, there's no maybe about it. I like to feel when reading) that have something to lose or that have lost. And Cole does.
Lexi starts out suspicious of him, and then as she realizes that he's trying to solve the mystery too, their relationship grows. And the romance is incredibly well-done. Not too fast, not too slow. And achingly real.
Magic: Okay, so it's not magic like unicorn-haired wands and stuff. But there's often talk of a witch, and there are some spells and some fairy tales/legends that are told. It all weaves together to feel magical, and I really like magic.
And the way it's written is fab. Very sort of wispy and lyrical, while being utterly fast-paced. Here's what I mean: 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.
I LOVE the line, "The wind is lonely, and always looking for company." It possesses magic. Yeah. Magic.
If you haven't read THE NEAR WITCH yet, get your hands on a copy! And if you're lucky enough to live in the south, you might be able to meet Victoria over the next couple of weeks. She's on tour as part of the Ash 2 Nash book tour with Beth Revis and Myra McEntire.
What book has been magical for you?
Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to this week at the Reading Room.
Or on their blogs:
- LiLa Roecker sings out about Where She Went
- Scott Tracey find wonder in The Near Witch
- Veronica Rossi is wild about Wildefire
- Stasia Ward Kehoe marvels at My Life, the Theater & Other Tragedies
- Corrine Jackson delights in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
- Christine Fonseca adores A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie