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The Gift (Witch & Wizard #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,170 Ratings  ·  1,333 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
Hardcover, First Edition, 341 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by jimmy patterson (first published 2010)
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May 29, 2011 Savita rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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 -
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
Dec 29, 2010 Anita rated it did not like it
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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
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
May 03, 2016 Patricia rated it it was ok
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
Austin Baehnman
Mar 19, 2014 Austin Baehnman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2011 Zareen 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 21, 2015 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 15, 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.
Apr 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.
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
Angelica Guzman
Feb 14, 2011 Angelica Guzman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 07, 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
Jun 10, 2012 Anan rated it liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Yacaman
Oct 17, 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
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
Jan 20, 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
Jul 21, 2012 Melody rated it did not like it
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
Feb 23, 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
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
Mar 20, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this second book. But Wisty is to emotional and angry to think clearly. She is powerful but causes a lot of trouble because she doesn't always think of others first. I have already started the third one. I think I know how it will end.
Oct 09, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The book was about Wisty and her brother Wit to stop the new Order taking them and killing them. The new order's leader is called the one who is the one.They call him that because he is really powerful. Wisty is a witch and Wit is a wizard. Wisty is the one with the gift. The n.o took away music, books, movies and more stuff that they think is creative.
I really loved the book because they put so munch like life and death in it so it was really interesting . I would probably recommend this to my
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