The Deal: Lexi lives in the town of Near. Her life is a bit difficult - her dad is dead, her uncle is disapproving and her mom works too much - but she loves her mom and little sister Wren, and she is happy enough.
But when a stranger arrives to the town of Near, everyone is suspicious. Near and the moors that surround it aren't exactly the type of place people visit, so it's a very closed community. And then, the children of Near start to vanish from their beds, and Cole, the new guy, becomes the prime suspect.
Only that Lexi is sure he isn't to blame, and eventually they go in search of the missing children.
My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that I don't usually read books like The Near Witch, though what drew me to it was that it sounded more like a fairy tale than straight fantasy.
The writing is absolutely beautiful, so evocative without being overly flowery. And I could feel almost immediately the love Lexi had for her family, particularly for her sister Wren - who made me smile from the start, she's such a well-written, adorable child.
Now, I did have time sticking to the story for long periods of time. I don't know why but I did, and I really had to push myself for a while. Not that it's in anyway bad, it's just the way I felt.
Still, it was so nicely written and I loved the characters.