Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard, #1)
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Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard #1)

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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, Li...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published December 14th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published December 2009)
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Alex Bennett
If you are expecting this to be "the next Harry Potter", you will be deeply let down. I saw the ads for this book and had very high hopes that this would be the next series to captivate audiences around the world, gain its own movies, and achieve its own fansites. I honestly don't think it will even get close.

The plot of this story had great potential, but the way it was executed made it hard for me to enjoy this book. I felt as though it was trying to be HP so much that it, quite frankly sucked...more
Tammy Dahle
My thoughts:
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I'm so glad I waited to get it from my local library rather than buying it at the book store. If I had spent my own money on it...well, it would have been even a bigger disappointment than it was.
I'm a big fan of James Patterson's adult books. I LOVE the Alex Cross series. I started getting a bit disenchanted after reading The Beach House, one of the first books he co-authored. The next book- I can't even recall the title because I didn't...more
Carina
I've never really been a big fan of James Patterson. After Reading "Angel Experiment" and "Daniel X" I had pretty much given up on this guy. Although, I had heard some amazing things about his new book "Witch & Wizard" so I thought 'What the heck' and so I picked it up and read it. BLEH!!! I honestly cannot stand Patterson's writing style. The dialogue that his characters use is just so unrealistic, lamely sarcastic and just overall annoying. On top of that, I've never really been a big fan...more
Scarlet
Terrible.

Everything about this book was cliche and annoying: the characters, the dialogue, the plot...Nothing was well developed at all. It was just a big fat mess. When J.P. tried to be funny, I found it irritating, when he tried to be clever, I found it stupid, and when he tried to be original, I found it sadly the opposite.

I was very, very disappointed in J.P., especially since this is the first book I've read by him. Not a great first impression, sorry to say. I know he's got some other popu...more
Sarah
Let me first start off by saying that I don’t mean to offend anyone who loves this book (because there seems to be a ridiculously large amount), but I H-A-T-E-D hated this book! It was so terrible, I don’t understand how people can possibly even come close to liking it. I’ll start with the main characters, Whit and Wisty Allgood. They were idiotic, terribly constructed, selfish, fools. I mean, come on! And the names! Who seriously names their two kids Wisteria and Whitford? They had absolutely...more
Allison
I don't know whats worse- this book, or the fact that I read it.
I hated practically everything about this novel. The characters were so off; Whit and Whisty were too close of names anyway, and it just became confusing. Switching between the two characters didn't have the desired effect I know Patterson had been going for. I found the two annoying.
Also, I felt it was too scatered. There wasn't enough information about what was happening at that moment, it changed too quickly.

The attempt at placin...more
Jessica Camara
I rarely refuse to continue reading a book I have started, but I just refused to finish this one...I was very interested in reading this book after seeing it described as being a new series for Harry Potter fans...which, as it turns out, is extremely misleading!! I think there were good ideas for a storyline behind this book, but the writing was so lacking (no detail, lacking any emotion, poor character development, etc.) that I just had to give up on the book completely...it's too bad, because...more
Ash E.
Apr 04, 2011 Ash E. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger readers who do not like to write
Recommended to Ash by: Cori Johnson
REVIEW COMPLETE

I thoroughly enjoyed James Patterson's first few books of his Maximum Ride trilogy - his style of writing is one I don't admire, but the plot and characters made up for it. In this case, however, I feel like the weak writing, somewhat flat characters, and just plain weird plot mix together to form one giant mess of a book.

Where Patterson Made His Mistakes:
- He referenced Maximum Ride when one of his characters mentions the impossibility of kids with wings
- The tone of his writing...more
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
This book had me laughing right from the start and not because of anything James Patterson had written. No, not at all. My local library, bless them, has a tendency to mis-classify book genres and had placed this book in the Thriller section, along with some of Patterson's other Thriller style books. In the front, the library had stuck their little comment sheet, a place where people can mark a book when they have read it. Old school, I know. And, here is where the laughter began.

Staunch Patters...more
Afton Nelson
What is worse than a flat, static main character? TWO flat, static main characters. To take it one, horrible step further, have these characters narrate their own story in short, choppy chapters. This book seems almost like a first draft or maybe even a detailed outline for the idea of a book. There is very little detail or descriptive writing. For example, on pg. 161: "You got your friends out!" the girl said, then hugged Celia, the way Half-lights hug. Hard to describe." (Really James Patterso...more
Sam
Patterson paints a detailed picture of America taken over by a totalitarian dictator who calls himself "The One Who is The One" with this novel. It was really easy to connect to the characters, and this book makes the reader re-evaluate his or her appreciation for art - whether it is visual, literary, musical, or magical. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, but this was such a good book (for the most part) that I blew through it in one day. I also enjoyed making the connections between pop...more
Quincy
This book is about these two kids Whit, and Wisty that are taken away from their home in the middle of the night and accused of being a witch and a wizard. Its all because of the New Order thats run by this man called The One Who Is The One, who is trying to rid the world of all magic. I think that ANYONE can read this book and still love it! It pulled me in from the first chapter. It is defenintley a page-turner!:)
Amanda
Here are the issues I take with this book in no particular order of importance:

1. Note to James Patterson: Harry Potter has already been done. No reason to try and recreate it with less likable characters. Moving on...
2. Every one of these characters annoyed me. Maybe with exception to the boy who was turned into a weasel. He didn't bother me. And to be honest, halfway through the book, I could see why he wanted to turn these obnoxious siblings into the authorities for possible execution. I'm ju...more
Anila
First thoughts upon getting this galley: AWESOME COVER. I love the red slip and the way it hides words. High hopes for this one.

First thoughts upon finishing the book:
Just.
Not.
Impressed.

I used to like James Patterson- and by 'used to', I mean when I first read The Angel Experiment. It was fast-paced, it was intriguing, and it kept my interest. As the series went on, it degraded and dragged; what I expected to be a trilogy is now what, going on six books? And it's not even tongue-in-cheek like th...more
Daniela
Just finished this one and am already onto the next "The Gift" as this Witch and Wizard leaves you with a cliffhanger ending. It's a first person told story and switches perspectives between the sister and brother (witch and wizard).The part that was a little confusing (and thus not more stars)is that each chapter is theoretically a change of character but sometimes it isn't. So you think you're on to the other one's viewpoint, yet without discernable reason it's still the same person. There is...more
Matthew Herring
I'm beginning to think that James Patterson is just farming out his name and writing format to lesser authors in need of exposure. Witch and Wizard is a serviceable if depressing teen thriller, but the problem starts at the beginning of the novel: the action takes precedence over character development, so the reader never gets a full picture of our protagonists beyond a few snide comments and stress based dialogue. There is allusion to the differences between the siblings, told through the voice...more
Michael Taylor
I'm a fan of James Patterson, I won't deny that. As a teacher, it's Patterson who can lure in kids who hate to read. His very short chapters and constantly "in motion" stories have the ability to capture any readers attention.

But, and yes, here comes the but... I'm surprised that James Patterson has resorted to allowing others to write his books and then put his name on them. Witch and Wizard echoes Patterson's writing with short chapters, but the story? Well it's clear that the person who wrote...more
Ronda  Tutt
Another good read by James Patterson. I thought it was some what simular to the Maxium Ride Series because of the special powers the Witch "Wisty" and the Wizzard "Whit" had, along with them being teen agers. The only difference is is that Wisty and Whit were born with their powers and the kids in the the Maxium Ride Series were created by experiments.

This Story also reminded me of The Hunger Games by Suzan Collins because of the dictatorship and how the freedoms we have in a democracy goverment...more
Evan Judge
I loved the book! The novel was greatly illustrated, with vocabulary words, which would help readers understand the characters perspective and personality. The genre of this book was science-fiction. It was filled with magic, creatures, and Intrigue. I would recommend this book to ages, ten through one-hundred. Unlike a lot of novels, this book was a mix between, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. This novel represented true friendship, and teamwork between the characters. It was full of suspen...more
Karin
The New Order has taken control of the government. The One Who Is The One has passed new laws that severely inhibit the citizens. Art, music, free expression, imagination, and magic are illegal and if you are caught participating in any of these activities you will be put in prison for rehabilitation or, worst case scenario, executed.

Whit and Wisty, brother and sister, are roused out of a good night’s sleep when the police bust into their home and arrest them. They are taken to a prison where th...more
Tom Mueller
In an attempt at fairness to the "author", I listened to the first of several discs, but had to force myself to get through that. While stopping short of plagiarism, this work offered nothing new. Themes and characters were rehashed from the works of Orwell's 1984, Ursula LeGuin, Bradbury, J.K. Rowlings and no doubt others. I heard nothing new. Far too many original works are left to be read; I gave this one more time than it deserved.
James
James Patterson’s “Witch and Wizard” could be summed up as Harry Potter meets 1984, except without any vision, effort or grace. The plot revolves around two teens dragged from their parents by the totalitarian “New World Order.” Prison, terror, ham-handed magic, and kewl “if teenagers ran the world” mythmaking follow before the book reverts to its opening cliffhanger, setting the way for the obligatory—and unnecessary—sequel.

What makes the book so objectionable? The first strike is the obvious l...more
Miss Clark
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Micki
I think for a middle school student who hasn't quite figured out what really good writing looks like, this would be a decent little book to read. Don't get me wrong, the book was okay, and I would recommend it to my middle school students. I'll probably even read the other books in the series (maybe) so I can answer questions or talk about these books with students who show any interest.

BUT, it seems to me that Patterson has chosen to stick his fingers in the YA pot without having fully develop...more
Liriel27
One of my kids lent me this, and now I'm faced with the dilemma of what to say about a series he obviously really enjoys, which I find...stupid. I think the most I can say is that the idea is interesting - that a totalitarian society suddenly springs up in a world much like our own, and the children of the world have to face both the rising of this and of their to-this-point unknown magical powers. BY FAR the most entertaining thing about this book is the Cockney-rhyming-slang allusions to books...more
Liana
I learned one thing from reading this book: Never trust other people on their book opinions.

Yeah. When my sister read this book, she was like, 'I don't like it' and that just sort of discouraged me from reading this book any sooner. And I don't know what made me decide that it was about time to read it today, but oh boy! I do NOT regret that decision.

This was a really fun and exciting read.

So, basically. The title speaks for the whole book. Witch and Wizard.

2 kids. Accused of being witch and wi...more
Nikerek
This book is written as though James Patterson said "Hey, YA novels are popular. I'm just going to crank one out and make some extra cash." It's almost as though a story geared towards young adults was beneath him and deserved less care, as though every young adult that reads fiction novels is incapable of absorbing plot details.

Immediately I noticed errors in punctuation and grammar. As I continued to read, I noticed redundancies in descriptions that felt like the extra words were just to add t...more
Janie Johnson
I was not sure what I was getting when I picked up this book by Patterson. I have read plenty of his work, both adult and young adult. But I gotta say this is a pretty fun read, although a bit silly. It is more of a middle grade book, but it did have a certain charm and plenty of stuff going on to keep me entertained and turning the pages. It is a very fluid and easy read as well. I look forward to the next book in the series.

So basically we have a brother and a sister, Whit and Wisty, who are p...more
Tanya
I have mixed reviews on this book. I love distopia stories & I love supernatural stories, so buying this book seemed natural. What irritates me about reading certain stories is this: I hate when the author doesn't explain at least minimal background info on the main characters & plots. I also hate when the author just expects you to believe everything they're saying at face value. For example: in this story, brother & sister are abducted in the middle of the night by a military state...more
Katrina
I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but the obvious drew me in as most readers. I read this book in one day, no biggie, but I wanted to finish it, bad or good, because I had been eager to read it.

I suppose I had high hopes for this book, hoping to brag on it, saying "oh, it's a great book, you must read it" I will NOT be saying that to anyone, at the least, maybe a 14 year old could possibly like it, but I wouldn't suggest it to any 14 year old that I know.

I wished you could get...more
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“They're afraid of change, and we must change. They're afraid of the young, and we are the young. They're afraid of music, and music is our life. They're afraid of books, and knowledge, and ideas. They're most afraid of our magic.” 75 likes
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