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Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

Witch & Wizard (original 2009; edition 2011)

by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet

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Title:Witch & Wizard
Authors:James Patterson
Other authors:Gabrielle Charbonnet
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2011), Edition: Mti, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Teens, Nook

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Witch and Wizard by James Patterson (2009)

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It was disappointing. There was very little explanation for anything that was happening, which made it all seem extremely artificial. There was little character development, and even though it is told in first person, the frenetic pace, choppy chapters, and abrupt switching between viewpoints does not allow for any connection with them. I have heard that the second book is better, so I will probably give it a try. ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Imagine my disappointment after reading this. I had been looking forward to reading this for a few years now. I don't know what bothered me more the totalitarian settings or the rudimentary writing used for the book. Which doesn't set a very good example for Mr. Patterson, to me. I've held off from reading Patterson because he just has so many books. What a severe let down! ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
Brillant book ( )
  Tara.Ross | Mar 14, 2014 |
I wasn't sure I would like this one but hey, it's Patterson, what's not to like? I have to admit I will read the rest of the books just to see what happens but right now I am a little lost in the new world he has created. These types of stories take me a little longer to get into but I all ready love the brother sister team and the challenge of untwisting the books he references and figuring what the real world title is . so far I only missed one... ( )
  LoftyIslanders | Mar 2, 2014 |
I picked this series up when someone threw away a bunch of books (literally threw them away; I found them stacked around the dumpster). I am exceedingly glad that I did not pay money for this dreck, and can even understand why they were left to the elements rather than donated to the library or Goodwill.

I'm not the sort of reader who gets bogged down with technical details. If I've been sufficiently hooked by the narrative, a lot of times I won't even notice typos and grammatical errors unless they're really jarring, and I can deal with an odd writing style. Needless to say I was not hooked by the narrative.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why Patterson's chapters are so short. I don't see any type of logical or intuitive reason for the ending of most of the chapters, and I just keep wondering why the hell there isn't a regular page break. The opening of the book, when Whit and Whisty are arrested, takes up ten chapters, each averaging about a page and a half. It would be one thing if he was alternating points-of-view, but he isn't; there might be three chapters of Whisty's narration, followed by two of Whit's.

Which leads me to the fact that a lot of times I forgot who was the current narrarator; Whit and Whisty are basically interchangable, as well as monumentally stupid. It really should not take anyone as long it did these two to realize that yes, they really are a witch and wizard. When you can spontaneously burst into flame and yet remain unharmed, levitate, stop objects being thrown at you in midair--how dumb do you have to be? And how stupid were their parents for not telling them what they were and training them how to use their powers?

The dialogue was frequently either stilted or way too wordy for the current situation, or to have come from the mouths of modern day teenagers:

...Then I heard Whit shouting as he was thrown onto the living room floor next to me.

"Whit, what's going on? Who are these...

"Wisty," he gasped, cohently enough. "You okay?"

I'm really not sure why Whisty would think her brother would have any more of a clue what was going on than she did, not to mention the situation calls for a much stronger epithet than "monsters", just in my opinion.

* * *

"The soldiers, all in black, their boots spit-shined, came for us that morning in the prison..."

People just don't talk like that, particularly not teenagers. Who would even think to come up with "spit-shined" as a descriptor, much less bother describing their captors' boots in any sort of detail?

The One Who Is The One was just laughable. Not even in an over-the-top stereotype way, he just seemed completely ineffectual and childish and not scary, at all. Nothing in this book seemed especially believable; I only made it to chapter 76--which starts on page 201, incidentally--before giving this book up as a waste of time.

I am baffled that this is a bestseller. I suppose it just goes to show that there really is no accounting for taste.

Thus endeth my excursion into the world of YA fiction. ( )
  kat_nic | Feb 5, 2014 |
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The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?

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A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.… (more)

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