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Witch and Wizard (Witch & Wizard #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  47,921 Ratings  ·  4,380 Reviews
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
Nook, 336 pages
Published October 26th 2009 by Little, Brown & Company
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Madison Holmes I started reading the book and thought it was going to be really boring but once I actually got into the book it gets really intense quite quickly…moreI started reading the book and thought it was going to be really boring but once I actually got into the book it gets really intense quite quickly actually. I enjoyed the book and I hope you choose to read it.(less)
Nathan Sommers the second book of the series is called "the gift." good book.

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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
Tammy Dahle
Mar 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the first book that I've read and that I couldn't finish without skimming over most of it. The writing was so, so bad, the characters were so stupid and made all the wrong decision and the dialogue was so cheesy. I've been searching for at least one thing that I liked about the book, but I failed miserably. I quite like James Patterson's books, but I don't know what happened in this one. This might possibly be the worst book that I've read so far, and that really is saying something.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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 popular b
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Camara
Apr 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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's too bad, because ...more
Geek Furioso
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.

You know what I'm afraid? I'm afraid that this book is actually a best-seller.

I've never felt such a huge amount of hate for a book. I've never felt so powerless to think how many innocent trees were cut for making paper for this shit book. I've never felt so embarrased
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
Afton Nelson
Apr 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!:)
Feb 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read, not extremely advanced but the fast paced writing style worked with the story. It's pretty different and quite exciting and enjoyable. It has decent characters, including a good strong female.

I didn't love it; I liked it enough, it's not an amazing children's fantasy but it's a fine and fun story. I don't feel a massive urge to continue the series however, much like Maximum Ride – it's just fine, but I'm not that into it.
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:

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
Feb 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Leona Petrovic
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**0.5 stars**

As the fiery cover suggests, I burned this book, feeling no regret as I did, and a big urge to start dancing. This book was just THIS BAD. (I wasn't kidding about burning it, I seriously did). The writing sucks. The characters are dumb, with the dumbest names I've ever heard (Whit and Whisteria, wtf??!) . The plot is confusing and cliché af. I tried the next books to see if it would get better (SPOILER: they didn't) and eventually DNFed at like book 4. DO NOT RECOMMEND. DON'T READ.
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
Ronda  Tutt
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy
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
Tom Mueller
Oct 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 31, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Evan Judge
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Kellie Wagner
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long time ago. I remember being obsessed with it. However, due to my younger age, I never got my hands on the sequel. Not too long ago, I heard that another book in the series had come out, and I asked myself, 'Why not give it another go?'

Now, I went into the book calmly, remembering that I was younger and that I may have overreacted about how the book was. However, around page three, I was hooked all over again.

The plot is gripping. You're thrown right into the action, smack
Jack H
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a brother and sister named Whit and Wisty Allgood who wake up as wanted criminals who are accused of being a wizard and a witch. The One who is the One (who is the most powerful wizard in the world) has taken over the government and made himself the ruler. He is a ruthless killing machine and he wants to take control of all of the wizards in the world. The One who is the One is now sending all his forces after Whit and Wisty. Can they successfully hide from him? Find out when ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
He leído este libro para la iniciativa de blogeros soñadores y por recomendación de un amigo. La verdad es que me ha gustado, no ha sido para nada un mala lectura, pero me ha pasado que no me ha enganchado completamente hasta la mitad del libro que se vuelve frenético. Ha habido cosas que se han quedado en el aire, muchas, pero es normal en una saga. He visto que es un libro algo infantil a lo que yo suelo leer, pero tengo que reconocer que el sarcasmo de los dos personajes me ha encantado, pese ...more
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