Happy Saturday! We are finally at the weekend and you know what that means. It is time for another book review. Today it is the turn of a book that has been on at least 3 of my monthly TBR’s and I have finally read, and that book is The Near Witch by V E Schwab. So, let’s do this!
Side note: before I get to the review, I just want to give a little PSA. If you are interested in reading this book, do not, I mean DO NOT listen to the audiobook. Just trust me, don’t! the narrator is fucking awful. It is the worst narration ever. I can usually deal with poor narration and ignore it to a certain degree but this. no. It was almost unlistenable. I ended up giving up with the audiobook halfway through and reading it instead. Just trust me, stay as far away from the audiobook as you possibly can!
I am going to be 100% honest with you and admit that I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I am kind of conflicted. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I am so torn because Schwab is my favourite author and I really expected to love this book, and I just didn’t.
There is nothing wrong with this book. it is good, it just wasn’t what I was hoping that it would be. It was enjoyable enough but wasn’t what I have come to expect from Schwab. Going into it, I was really trying to remind myself to be open and to consider that this book was Schwab’s debut novel. And I do think that that helped me to somewhat enjoy it. I think that my issue with this book is that it felt kind of flat to me. The story had the foundations to be really complex and intriguing, but those foundations weren’t really built upon. There was so much potential in this story and it just wasn’t quiet met. I will say though, you can see the start of elements of A Dark Shade Of Magic in this book, there are hints of the writer that Schwab is going to grow into in this book, which is fascinating (yes, I am that nerdy). The story itself on a basic level is enjoyable enough. I did enjoy it. it just needed more work. It was a decent book but it could have been a great book.
I also had similar issues with the characters. They had the groundwork to be brilliant but they lacked complexity. I actually struggled to connect to them a little bit. Particularly Lexi. I just found that she lacked depth. Although I could see hints of Lila Bard in her at times. There were moments of familiarity with her. and the same with Cole. I found it a lot easier to connect to him and I think that is because he reminded me so strongly of Holland from A Darker Shade Of Magic. There are a lot of similarities between the characters. for instance, their appearance is pretty similar and they share some personality traits. I am really curious if I am the only person that felt this way. But for me, I could see hints of A Darker Shade Of Magic throughout this book. I could see where Schwab has expanded on an idea from this book in later works. I’ve never really noticed that in another authors work before.
All in all, while I didn’t love this book and felt like it did need some more work, I did enjoy reading it. and I am glad that I have. It was so interesting to see how far Schwab has come as an author.
3 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read The Near Witch? Please tell me I am not the only one who found hints of A Darker Shade Of Magic throughout it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon