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The Gift (Witch & Wizard #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  23,519 Ratings  ·  1,402 Reviews
When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the N ...more
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Published October 25th 2011 by Jimmy Patterson (first published 2010)
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Bella You could, however, to really understand Wisty and Witt, you would have needed to read the previous book, to understand their goals as well.
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May 03, 2011 Savita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-series
Hah! This is good! No more attempted romance-y crap! Back to the real action and grit. This is what I've been waiting for.

**EDIT** Now that I've finished it...

COULD IT GET ANY MORE AMAZING?! THIS is the James Patterson I know and love, with all his plot twists and awesome charactesr.
The original book got 4 stars from me, but this sequel only gets 2. First of all, why am I getting an ARC to a James Patterson sequel? Perhaps it's not selling as well as his other series? This book is really Witch & Wizard all over again: there's not that much changed in the way of plot, characterization or, well, anything (unlike, say, the Hunger Games trilogy, which does have some set pieces but you do see character growth and a story arc). It's definitely out of the Patterson factory and ...more
Grace Stiles
Jan 10, 2012 Grace Stiles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this book... it's just... bad. Please don't get worked up over my opinion. I liked the first book. Really, I did. But in general, Mr. P's writing seems like it's gone down the tube. The Max Ride books after the third one, Daniel X, and now Witch and Wizard.

I'm not going to annoy you with a boring summary, you should know it by now.

Issue 1: dialogue and writing. The dialogue is stiff, like they are bad actors with bad scripts with a bad director in a bad movie. Because that is how JP writes -
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This one was better than the first. I wonder if the next one is even better than this and obviously the first. A series that starts off bad only to get betterbetter by every book? That would be interesting. Wisty is getting to be a better character in this one. Her brother Whit is still annoying me.
Dec 29, 2010 Anita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chazz Sandoval
Dec 06, 2011 Chazz Sandoval rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was just as good if not better than the first book in the series. The book was easy to comprehend and continued to keep me interested all throughout the book.I do think that you should read the first book of the series before you read this one because it will make a lot more sense to you and catch you up on what is going on. My favorite character in this book is Whit because even though he is strong and buff he still can be emotional and help with problems. He wants to d ...more
I didn't read the first book in the series, so that's undoubtedly a big part of why I found it hard to care about the characters. But I just found them to be somewhat flat, their voices weren't all that unique (which I think is critically important if you're going to shift first-person perspective between characters), and the writing felt rushed. There were definitely some good action sequences, but that was mostly what this book was: a series of action sequences. I would have liked to have some ...more
Moriah Writes-a-lot
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Aug 08, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wisteria and Whitford Allgood are back in the second book in a dystopian series where the world has been taken over by the New Order, and their magical skills would seem to be the only hope of the Resistance. While the first book seemed to be nothing more than a prologue to explain the world in which the series is set, The Gift does a good job of being presenting an interesting story that is a blend of science fiction and fantasy.

The One Who Is The One seems to have recognized the gift of great
Jul 21, 2012 Melody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I remember the first in the series wasn't that great, but it was an easy read. I don't remember it being quite this bad. First off, I feel like this series is trying to capitalize on both the supernatural and dystopian YA trends. Which would be fine, if it did a good job at either one. We're told to believe this new world has been established relatively recently, with people being openly zealous 1984 style, but I honestly don't remember any justification given for people to turn around that quic ...more
Brian Bova
Jan 02, 2017 Brian Bova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
Not as good as the first one. Ending is left open for part 3 ... The Fire.
Nov 15, 2014 Raegan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
1.5 stars.
The first book was a lot better than this one. I didn't like the writing in this book at all and the plot of this book slowly downward spiraled into eternal darkness.
Jun 13, 2010 nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldnt-finish, 2010
can't finish, even if it means having to explain to the supervisor who lent it to me exactly why i didn't like it. good lord, what a trainwreck.
Jan 16, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the ending was so suspenseful and good I knew they weren't going to die but I still felt like they were.
Dec 09, 2010 Z. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved Whit in this book. I'm always thoroughly amused by the banned lists in the back of the book, too! It was a great read, very fast-paced and thrilling. I can't wait for the next one!
Apr 04, 2017 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A solid read for younger readers with lots of action and character development. It picks up right where the previous volume left off and it doesn't pause until the end.
Be warned that this is not a case of being a able to pick up random volumes and being able to enjoy. You will be completely lost if you read this before volume 1.
Angelica Guzman
Feb 11, 2011 Angelica Guzman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2012 Anan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Witch & Wizard was good. I'll give it that. It wasn't the best book it had ever read, but it was fresh, funny, fast and fun. It was written in the same tone that the Maximum Ride series was written in, with a twist of magic. If there hadn't been the sequel, I would have been happy. But there was, and I'm not. I've read the more recent Maximum Ride reviews, so I'm sure there are people who agree with me when I say the plot has steadily gotten worse, with people changing sides all the time ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 14, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whit and Wisty Allgood are still on the run from the New Order, which has banned all art, music and writing from the world, and is attempting to reeducate all of the children in various awful ways. Whit sees Wisty killed, only to find out it was really fellow Resister Margo, and the two siblings take off to find their parents.Whit is also looking for Celia, his lost love, who appears to him from propaganda bill boards and gets him in trouble from time to time.The two seek temporary refuge in the ...more
M.A. Nichols
This wasn't terrible, but really wasn't good either. As a bad guy, it reaches a point where if you have the heroes in your clutches so many times and still haven't managed to get rid of them, it's time to give up as you are obviously not made to be a villain. Both books have the same plot: the kids get captured, they escape through some miraculous event, get captured again, and escape again. This happened in both books and the villain has held enough public executions that end up with them escap ...more
Nicole Gozdek
Ich habe mich selten beim Lesen so über ein Buch aufgeregt. Während mir das erste Buch noch gut gefallen hat, überzeugt mich der 2. Band der "Witch & Wizard"-Reihe leider gar nicht mehr. Schön und gut, wenn die Autoren denken, dass wir Leser keine Erklärung benötigen, wie es zu den dystopischen Zuständen im Buch gekommen ist. Leider denken sie aber auch, dass wir GAR KEINE Antworten brauchen. Oder eine Handlung, die einen Sinn ergibt. Oder Figuren, die charakterkonform agieren. Stattdessen b ...more
Dec 07, 2016 Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in James Patterson's series “The Witch and Wizard.” This book is a very fast paced read for everybody to enjoy. Wisty is a fiery witch, who survives torture at the hands of the New Order. Whit, an athletic and strong wizard, searches for his former girlfriend, Celia, who was killed by the New Order and now lives in an alternate dimension of reality where the dead exist as Half Lights. The story is about Whit and Whisty Allgood, who are in a constant life and death battle, ...more
Victoria Yacaman
Oct 02, 2011 Victoria Yacaman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gift (Witch and Wizard) by James Patterson was read by my sister. They had a rule of none of these "Kinds" of books at school. I didn't know why. If it is just a made up story. I found it interesting when I read the back cover. The government took everything away. I wanted to know why. What kind of criminal is that bad that they take away everything... I mean, they are just minors.

The Gift is about two magical wizards or as people might call them... witches. It's about two brothers and siste
Mar 17, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
What the H happened?!?!?! — that was my reaction after hitting the epilogue of the book.

This is an awesome read! But the question posed at the start of the book remained unanswered: what is Wisty’s gift that The One wants it so badly?

reading this felt like jumping from to portal to freaking portal (like Whit & Wisty). i never know where the author will take me. some ride!

i love love LOVE Wisty’s character! very defiant and strong and undeterred despite the unfortunate events that followed th
Jan 18, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book that kept me interested at all times.It was also full of surprises. It always made me think something would happen but its completely different. One time I got surprised was when after the underground concert the Bionics drummer became Wisty new boyfriend out of the blue and then when he helped the New Order capture Whit and Wisty and then New Order chopped off the drummer's hand to torture Wisty and force her to hold the dead hands till she gave The One Who Is The One he ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from my sister over winter break, unfortunately I didn't realize it was the part of a trilogy, or that I was reading it out of order.
This book start in the middle of a story were a group of outcast teenagers, some with powers some without, are fighting against the evil forces taking control. These 'evil forces' are controlling and constricting people to be the same, outlawing music, etc. (like every evil government tries to control their people). Although for some reason this sin
Jul 25, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 03, 2016 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to talk crap to books
Wisty has got to be the most annoying little bitch I've ever had the displeasure of reading. She's a bonafide idiot and doesn't know when to shut the hell up. I believe she's the first protagonist that I'm begging to just die off and spare me further torture. Her brother isn't much better to be honest, although he does seem to be in possession of more common sense than his sister. But he's always throwing someone up against a wall or using his strength to intimidate other. Both siblings are tota ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book of this series well enough but this second one is crap. It's like hanging out with a desperate 8th grade girl who is trying so hard to be cool and fit in with the popular kids. This book just tries too hard to be a "teenage" book and it is utter crap. teenagers will find it stupid, it talks down to them. The plot goes nowhere and you actually find you care less about the protagonists than you did when the last book ended. Certain main points of the first book ar
Ashleigh C.
Aug 19, 2011 Ashleigh C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whit and Witsy Allgood continue their brave journey in the second book of the Witch and Wizard series, by James Patterson. Now they know their powers even better than before making them even more powerful. The One Who Is The One, the leader of a harsh new government, plans to trap and kill the siblings using their friends and family. Not only do they have to worry about themselves being executed, thousands of helpless kids are counting on Whit and Wisty to save them. The two siblings tirelessly ...more
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