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The Gift

(Witch & Wizard #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  26,179 ratings  ·  1,495 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 ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published December 31st 2010 (first published 2010)
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Angel Yes, the first book lays the foundation and will help you understand some of the connections between Wisty, Whit and the other characters.
Book_Echo I read this without reading the first one by accident. I understood everything very well and didn't even notice it being a second in a series.…moreI read this without reading the first one by accident. I understood everything very well and didn't even notice it being a second in a series. However, now I'm going back to the first one to get more back story and to see how it all started.(less)

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May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Grace Stiles
Jan 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 -
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chazz Sandoval
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
These are funny books, I enjoy all the puns on real life people and places. The plot is a little all over the place for me and I struggled a bit to keep track of what the goal is and who we can trust. The relationship between Whit and Wisty is sweet and I like that they take care of each other. The narration is a lot of fun and helps bring the story to life.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Ashley  Marie
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readingwitfoxes
This series is just getting crazier and crazier! I love it and seriously dislike Byron lol
I found the second book of this series to be as engrossing as the first book. I almost completed the whole book in one day, finishing the last 12% the following night. Overall, I found that the characters remained true to their portrayal, while also growing through all the hardships and chaos that has consumed their lives.

I also truly love how this book continues to realize that it is a book during the whole story telling process. During some parts where the reader is "ridiculed" (for lack of a
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Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
the ending was so suspenseful and good I knew they weren't going to die but I still felt like they were.
Jun 13, 2010 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.
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Brian Bova
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
Not as good as the first one. Ending is left open for part 3 ... The Fire.
Raegan   Ralls
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this book was really good. I really like how the chapters alternate between Whit (Whitford) and Wisty (Wisteria) because I can see how they are thinking differently and alike. Another reason I like this book is because I can relate. I have siblings so I know how you tease eachother, but in the end still care for eachother. This book is a really easy and quick read. This book is not challenging for me but it is a good book to read for fun.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A solid read for younger readers with lots of action and character development. It picks up right where the previous volume left off and it doesn't pause until the end.
Be warned that this is not a case of being a able to pick up random volumes and being able to enjoy. You will be completely lost if you read this before volume 1.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more, even though I got very confused. more could've been done to show that the end of the first book wasn't before the second book but an ongoing point that the two books lead to. It was really good. I'm confused about Byron and Celia and the end scene but I have the 3rd book so there's no time to waste!
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was better than the first. Whit and Whisty - brother and sister - have magical gifts. They are hunted. By “the one who is the one” (really annoying). The story is much better than the first.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really easy, yet fun read:) If you're a fan of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and/or Harry Potter, this is the series for you!!
Kelly Akemann
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Tried to continue on with this series but alas it is a no go for me.
Wendy Pakrul
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, alas it wasn't to be.
Angelica Guzman
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms. Yingling
Mar 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in James Patterson's series “The Witch and Wizard.” This book is a very fast paced read for everybody to enjoy. Wisty is a fiery witch, who survives torture at the hands of the New Order. Whit, an athletic and strong wizard, searches for his former girlfriend, Celia, who was killed by the New Order and now lives in an alternate dimension of reality where the dead exist as Half Lights. The story is about Whit and Whisty Allgood, who are in a constant life and death battle, ...more
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