2 1/2 - Enjoyable read by Spencer Locke & Elijah Wood as brother and sister Wisty and Whit Allgood. As I listened to this on audio, the cutesy nam2 1/2 - Enjoyable read by Spencer Locke & Elijah Wood as brother and sister Wisty and Whit Allgood. As I listened to this on audio, the cutesy names didn't annoy me and I liked the enthusiastic reading. An instrumental score and sound effects add to the audio readings which gave it an overall theatrical aural production. Unfortunately, the story didn't live up to the presentation or the blurb.
Witch and Wizard starts off with a bang as the siblings are taking from their parents under the regime of a totalitarian government who wants to wipe out all supernaturals. Whit and Wisty are taken under the assumption they are magic wielders. They are thrown into jail and soon find out more kids with powers who are being held and then they begin running toward their freedom.
W&W had the makings of a great sci-fi/fantasy/futuristic/dystopic novel with a tinge of YA style. Instead, the novel assumes you know these characters and thus only makes an effort to throw you a bone as if to help you remember. The whole story, which had its characters running from one close call to another, felt like the last act of a novel or the last book in a trilogy after you've become emotionally invested in the series up until now. There isn't much of a setup or downtime for introduction nor is the reader given a chance to really get to know the world (which has much potential) or our hero and heroine. We do get a bit about Whit's girlfriend who has now become a ghost hovering between life and death and a little bit about their history but it is quickly forgotten to move on to the next dramatic event.
Patterson has said lately that he merely makes an outline or reads over whichever co-author he's labeled aside for the month and here it feels like Gabrielle Charbonnet, a veteran of Disney princess and young girl books, has the reigns here. Her teen speak feels somewhat authentic at times and overdone other times but the overall ingredients that make a speculative adventure story work is missing. This book would have definitely worked if there were more setup, character development and emotional investment, expansion of the world and maybe growing the book into a trilogy with this edition being the last book as the action packed resolution. There's a cliffhanger in the end that hints toward a future book (or books?) to continue the story but I'm not sure I'll be checking them out.
Overall, a fun fantasy adventure tale with lots of action but little story and character. ...more
I really liked this future world and the techie gadgets and politics that surrounded the character's environment but I just couldn't get into the charI really liked this future world and the techie gadgets and politics that surrounded the character's environment but I just couldn't get into the characters or their motivations. The story meandered a bit as it went on and it felt like it sort of took a while to find it's grounding and then it was finished. It was also became too 'Harlequin Presents' for what the setting and atmosphere had already established. A bummer cause I heard great things about this author (these authors?) and I'm always on the lookout to try new SFRs. I'll still be checking out the Kate Daniels series though and look forward to their urban fantasy offering....more