My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In A Nutshell:
On the night that a mysterious stranger is spotted in the small village of Near, children begin disappearing from their beds. As the villagers begin to panic, and point fingers at the stranger, young Lexi knows that someone else is behind the disappearances. That what was once thought to be nothing more than a ghost story, may in fact be very real.
The Near Witch reads very much like a classic, if dark fairy tale. The words are lyrical, and the story has a magical feel to it, which I loved. One of the aspects I loved the most was how Schwab uses the element of "The Stranger" and the Thorne Sisters to shine a light on prejudice and just how hard it is for some people to handle change and their lack of acceptance towards people who are deemed at all different from themselves. She handled the subject in a very delicate way, and I think that it only adds to the richness of the story.
A beautiful dark fairy tale.
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