The Near Witch is Victoria Schwab's remarkable debut. It combines fantasy elements with romance and lore, to a backdrop of a restrictive and narrow-minded village.
I admired Lexi as a character. She did what she had to do, and didn't let anyone stand in her way. The secondary characters were realistic and had depth. I totally fell in love with Cole. His anguish over his tragic past had a huge affect on his character. I felt sympathetic towards him.
The plot was clever and constantly twisting. I could never see what was going to happen next.
The writing style was beautiful and poetic and had a quality to it that made it so easy to read. It had an exquisite flow to it.
The Near Witch was a relatively short, unique, stand-alone novel that was thoroughly entertaining with likeable characters. My definition of a great novel.
I give The Near Witch a 4 out of 5. I definitely look forward to Victoria Schwab's future books!