The Gift (Witch & Wizard, #2)
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The Gift (Witch & Wizard #2)

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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
Paperback, International First Edition, 340 pages
Published October 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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Savita
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.
Laura
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
Chazz Sandoval
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
Grace Stiles
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 -...more
Jacquelyn
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
Anita
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Austin Baehnman
The plot started off with Whit and Wisty talking about how they were going to be hung in three hours, but then they started over. As in once they "realized" that the reader was there they said "Let us go back to the beginning". When they started talking about what was going on it started to make a lot of sense.

Whit and Wisty changed so much throughout this book. As in at the beginning they were still really immature and you could tell that they were young. At the end of the book you could tell t...more
Zareen
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!
nicole
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.
Melanie
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
Angelica Guzman
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Ms. Yingling
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
Maria
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...more
Anan
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
Kelly
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Moriah Writes-a-lot
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Victoria Yacaman
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...more
Mary
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...more
Aaron
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...more
David
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
Melody
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
Chris
Horrible.
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...more
Ashleigh C.
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
Alexis Steven
"It was ok".
Las primeras cien páginas fueron una tortura, vaya cosa más fea. Luego, gracias a los dioses de la magia, todo mejoró, la cosa se puso buena, pero luego, parecía que al querer ponerse "más bueno" parecía que se fumó algo mientras lo escribía, magia sin sentido que si bien me gustó (gosh, la magia es mi debilidad) me desconcertó. La historia solo gira y gira en lo mismo, que me escapo y que me atrapan, que me escapo y que me atrapan, y luego repite y repite *pues se da de cabezazos co...more
Kaye
2.5 stars. Liked the first in the series but this one didn't progress the plot. Whit are Wisty are still leading the resistance youth and learning about their magical powers. This is still an easy read, page turner but I found the lead characters all annoying. Whit and Wisty are always ready with a quick snarky quip and but seldom have real feelings or emotions. They have become obnoxious. The villain is over the top and although he can kill with a single flick of his powers he constantly lets t...more
Jacer3000
Aug 27, 2010 Jacer3000 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Witch and Wizard (just to continue the storyline)
Recommended to Jacer3000 by: Myself
Whew, finally done. I was really disapointed with this book. I loved the original, but James Patterson took the reins away from the girl who wrote the first one and handed them over to some n00b called Ned Rust. He totally screwed up the book. I mean, two characters died, and I didn't even care. Too many events rushing past, I just didn't care, which really surprised me when I realized it, because I really cared about the characters in Witch & Wizard.

Point is, he made it so dull that I actua...more
Denise
I devoured this books, it's a fast read, great for reluctant readers and as long as parents don't object to witchcraft and wizardry, a "clean" read for young adults. This is the second in the Witch and Wizard series, I had not read the first one but did not feel lost at all. Siblings Wisty and Whit are constantly on the run from the One who is the One, the leader of a dystopian society who is in hot pursuit of the Allgood family because of their unique gifts. The narration bounces back and forth...more
Kathleen Love
I told my husband that this book was the only thing that I wanted for Christmas this past year. He thought I was crazy. I kept sending him text pics of it as the release date got closer and as soon as the book came out. I was rediculously excited when I unwrapped it.

Whit and Wisty are two of the most loveable characters I have come across in a long time. It's really hard to not love them. You feel for them and you root for them the entire time you're going through the pages. It's a definite mus...more
H.D. Tolson
I have to say I'm a little disappointed by this so called conclusion of Whit and Wisty's very interesting journey. The ending fell flat, and there were so many plots and new twists introduced in the very last chapter!
Somehow I felt there was too many pages...and I found James repeating himself about death and almost death followed by Whit freaking out and then finding he wasn't being a freak. Very odd an hard to follow.
Overall, if this is what James Patterson calls a conclusion, then he really...more
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