Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review: Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Witch & Wizard
(Witch & Wizard #1)

Author: James Patterson

Publication Date: January 1st 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: Paranormal / Dystopia



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, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?

My Thoughts: For some reason I really enjoy how James Patterson make his chapters so short. There is always something interesting that happens in each chapter and since they are so short they fly by. His novels tend to be page turners for me, Witch & Wizard was no exception. I read it relatively fast, and enjoyed it, but I felt like there was something missing. I'm not really sure what it was that was missing though. It might have been the world development. It's done ok, but I guess I'm just used to more description of the world.

Withc & Wizard is told from two points of view. Whit and Witsy, a brother and sister pair who are suddenly seized one night and put in jail for being a witch and wizard, which they think is completely rediculous, until they start making strange things happen. They escape with help from a dead friend and are asked to help save hundreds of other children that have been thrown in prison.

I liked both of the characters, Witsy just a little bit more because she is a ginger afterall! They seem like great characters and are just a little overwhelmed with everything that's going on. They have a loving sibling relationship and want nothing better than to find their parents, who managed to escape being captured.

Overall, Witch & Wizard is a good book, I would recommend it to James Patterson fans and someone who's looking for a dystopian or paranormal that has a bit of humour in it. This book definitely had some parts that had me laughing. It's a quick fun read!

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