IceyPick (5.3) — Blurb it! — The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

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This month’s IceyPick is…
The Near Witch
The Near Witch
Victoria Schwab
288 pages
Publisher: HyperionTeen
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011

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.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Read my review

Want to participate?

1. Comment with a paragraph or two “blurbing it” – telling us why you’re excited about The Near Witch, or what you think the book is about based on the cover, or a short cover review… (don’t worry about the length)!

2. Be sure to include your email address at the bottom of your comment

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This is the last week to participate in this month’s IceyPick!
Be sure to stop by next week to enter to win!
As you can see, there is not ‘pre-reading’ requirement to be able to participate!

AND, remember, your blurbs give you an entry into Week 4’s Win it! This month, I have TWO hardcover copies of The Near Witch up for grabs!

I will be keeping this week’s activity open until Monday the 22nd, so be sure to get your entries in before Win it begins!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Holy Lucy batman!

    August 12, 2011

    This book looks amazing CANNOT wait to read it!!!


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    August 12, 2011

    I'd love to read this book because I've not read a good witch story in forever!


    tasnim x

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    August 12, 2011

    I’m absolutely dying to read this book. I’ve seen so many rave reviews about how well it’s written and how incredible the storyline is! Thanks for the giveaway, I really hope I win!

    Tweeted here:!/poisnivyred/status/102016243078402048

    Poisnivyred AT

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    ashelynn hetland

    August 12, 2011

    My review:

    You have my email address. ;)

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    Cyndi M.

    August 12, 2011

    I've heard so many great things about The Near Witch. I love the idea of reading a book that is part fairy tale, part love story, and part nightmarish. I've never read a book like this, and I can imagine how genius it is!!!

    All of my childhood I loved the idea of happily-ever-after, but I never thought to throw in a little mystery and spook into the mix. I bet this story is one that will be reread over and over again. :)


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    August 12, 2011

    The Near Witch is a fantastic book! =D

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    August 12, 2011

    I've heard nothing but good things about this book from everyone who's read it, the cover is beautiful and it's a debut novel for 2011 which I love supporting debut authors!!!

    Thanks for this giveaway

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    August 13, 2011

    Cover review? I have never done this before!

    Well… The cover looks amazing… It's so white and blue that it caught my attention immediately… even though the cover art, in my opinion (I haven't read the book, so I don't know), is not related to what we can read about the story, I think it's really mysterious. The girl behind the veil, like she is trying to touch something or to find something makes me think that this book is going to be amazing and… creepy?
    I don't know… yet… : )
    I give it 5/5. Great Cover!

    Thanks for the contest!

    idroskicinia [at] aol [dot] com

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    August 13, 2011

    I'm excited to read this book because a friend told me that this is one of the HOTTEST BOOK of 2011! Now who wouldn't be interested in that?

    If I'm basing my review from the cover, then no doubt that it won me over! The cover is gorgeous! It is eye-catching and heart-catching!

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    aurora M.

    August 13, 2011

    I have heard so much buzz about this book. I really want it. It seems like a creepy read, you know, one of those books that you have to read with the lights on. lol The cover is great and little haunted kids………..*sends shivers* Here's hoping I win me a copy and can feel the shivers myself.


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    Lisa Austin

    August 13, 2011

    Everything I've read about it is intriguing. The cover kind of sends chills through my body. Can't wait!


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    August 14, 2011

    I don't think I have read a bad review about this so far and the mysterious and beautiful cover makes me want to get my hands on a copy of this even more.

    fictionaldistraction (at) live (dot) de


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    Laura Kay

    August 17, 2011

    I would love to win a copy of Near Witch.

    I'm like so many others and love witch stories, oh truth is I love a good Gothic story every once and awhile. I've really enjoyed the comeback of vampires, but seems to have saturated the market as of late and witches I think are on the comeback! I remember in school reading about the Salem witches, then Wicca got big in my adolescence…always been an interest of mine.

    I love the cover. Makes me think of a young girl whose ready to lift the veil of innocence and adolescence and learn the truth that has been hidden from her.

    Laura Kay

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    Laura Kay

    August 17, 2011

    Also retweeted!

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    August 17, 2011

    I've heard alot about the 'voice' or 'tone' of the language in this book and I'm looking forward to reading it. The author has been compared a couple of times with Neil Gaiman so that is also a plus. Also, I'm a cheapskate so I would like to win a copy rather than have to wait to get it from the library where it will definitely be backlogged for a while. I know I could buy it but like I said, I'm cheap. I also like to feel superior about supporting my local library. But mostly I'm cheap. timothycanny(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    Ishita aka Fishy

    August 18, 2011

    So i have been waiting for this book for so long! i have a lot of swag for it and the story sounds amazing. and from talking to the author via twitter i have fallen in love with Narwhals :D I would die for a copt of this book!

    plus i retweeted : my name is @heyitsfishy

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    August 18, 2011

    I'd love to win a copy of The Near Witch because I've read so many reviews of it and no one has had anything bad to say! I also love fantasy and paranormal YA, and this book just sounds amazing! Looking forward to reading one way or another. :)

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    August 18, 2011

    Would love to read this! I'm always looking for a book to lose myself in! :)



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    kel swager

    August 18, 2011

    I keep hearing how good this book is! Gotta admit, when I first saw the title i thought it was going to be about an “almost” witch instead of Near as a town name.. hehe

    Kdswager @ gmail (dot) com

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    August 18, 2011

    Oh, and I tweeted :) @Almost_grown_up

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    August 18, 2011

    I love the cover of this book- I love that it is white (so it will stand out against all the other dark YA books) and I love that it is different- not following the trend of showing a dark haired girl in a bright red dress from the back.

    I tweeted! @coranne

    amandaccopulos at gmail dot com

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    August 18, 2011

    I love the cover. It looks like it's going to be a good book.


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    August 18, 2011

    I tweeted about the contest on my @tcanny account.

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    that fefe

    August 18, 2011

    i met V on the Ash to Nash tour and she was quite possibly one of the coolest chicks ever. shes funny and smart and witty and a little sarcastic, which i love. i am so stoked to get to this book on my to read list, i almost want to break my own rule of not skipping ahead to books on the list just for The Near Witch

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    August 18, 2011

    This book looks amazing! I read the first couple chapters on iBooks and the writing was really good for a new author I can't wait to read this!