Lovely writing, a vivid, almost claustrophobic little world of myth and magic and secrets. I don't know if the Near Witch deserves half so much justice as she deserved, but at least Lexi fights her way to some measure of happiness. I love the little details of her relationship with Wren, and the ferocity that has her sneaking out into the darkness each night to solve the mystery of the missing children (though part of me wanted to yell at her and all of the villagers that left children sleeping alone on those dangerous nights). There isn't a happily ever after for everyone, and the closed, dangerous minds of men in power aren't wrenched open and forced to change the way I'd like... but THE NEAR WITCH is all the more realistic for these little disappointments. Cole reminds me of Howl, a little fey and a little damaged (but no where near enough of a dandy), and like HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, it is the girl who rescues her prince as much as anything else.
Full review at All Things Urban Fantasy
Sexual content: Kissing.