The Near Witch! In Paperback! And a New Story!

It's May 15th! 

If you've followed my blog or twitter feed for any amount of time, chances are you've heard me gushing about Victoria Schwab's novel, THE NEAR WITCH. It was hands-down my favorite read of 2011 and a story that has remained happily dancing around in my brain since I turned the last page. It's poignant, lush, and simply good story-telling. 
My copy: well-loved
Today is an extra-special day: not only is this the paperback release date of The Near Witch, but, to celebrate its release, "The Ash-Born Boy" is finally up over at Disney*Hyperion's website!

"The Ash-Born Boy" is a story Victoria wrote as a thank-you to her fans, to answer the question, "Who was Cole before he came to Near?" 

If you've already read The Near Witch, "The Ash-Born Boy" is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole. If you haven't read The Near Witch yet, don't worry, "The Ash-Born Boy" won't spoil anything! (If anything, it will just make you want to get your hands on The Near Witch to find out more about him) So basically, either way, you should go read Cole's story ;) 

If you want to wait and read The Near Witch first, don't worry! Cole's story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion's website. And, in case it ever comes down, Victoria will carve out a space for it on her own site. It will always be available somewhere, and it will always be free. (Awesome, yes?)

But wait--there's more:

Cole's story isn't the only goodie to go along with the paperback release. In the back of the paperback itself, you'll find the first chapter of Victoria's new book, The Archived, which doesn't come out until January! 

Seriously guys, you want to read The Near Witch. If you've already read it, you want to read it again. Or, you want to gift it to everyone you know--maybe even people you don't as a random act of kindness. 

Help Victoria celebrate today by taking a look at "The Ash-Born Boy," and don't forget to buy/order/pick up your own paperback copy of The Near Witch!

Happy Reading!

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