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Review: Witch & Wizard

November 21, 2009

Wisty and Whit are pretty typical teen-agers when their world is turned upside down.  Their home is invaded and they are arrested by the New Order.  It seems that they have magical powers they’re not aware of.  The New Order is a frightening system of government –

The New Order is a bright new future.  It is a future that replaces the corrupting and illusory freedoms of so-called democracies and replaces them with a higher discipline.  It has taken many, many years of planning, strategic political postings, scientific polling, demographic research, precise messaging and carefully monitored elections

In prison, Whit and Wisty discover and hone their magical abilities and realize it’s up to them to make a difference in the fight against the New Order.

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet is a YA novel that seems to be trying to cash in on the popularity of the Harry Potter series.  It’s not nearly as captivating, though.  I’m not sure if it’s because the concept’s old or if it’s because the relationships aren’t explored as deeply.  The story alternates between Wisty’s and Whit’s viewpoints and I found this confusing at times – the chapter’s are short and I’d just get used to one narrator when the viewpoint would change.

This book was just okay for me.  The action wasn’t exciting enough and the characters just didn’t draw me in.  I think Witch & Wizard is aimed at the young male, reluctant reader market, which I am definitely not a part of – hopefully it will appeal to them more than it did to me.

I received this book at BEA from  Hachette Books.   I am an Amazon Associate.
32 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2009 6:25 am

    I will try and save you from more rants from me, but I get pretty irritated at 1)Patterson’s sell-out novels and 2) Books that try to ride the wave of Harry Potter. My kids don’t even like Patterson’s YA novels. So we shall pass, but appreciate you taking one for the team on this one!

  2. November 21, 2009 6:57 am

    Would definitely give it a try , just because I want to know what the hype is all about with Patterson 🙂 . I am yet to read anything really good by Patterson.

  3. November 21, 2009 7:17 am

    I think you got it right with the term “cashing in.” Why is Patterson doing so much team writing lately? Is he afraid he won’t have enough $$ to retire on??? I’ll pass on this one and just stay with my Alex Series.

  4. November 21, 2009 7:35 am

    Interesting that Patterson is doing YA books…I guess his appearances on “Castle” aren’t paying union scale???

    I have a couple of awards for you over on my blog, my dear! I’m enjoying the Cookie swap too!

  5. November 21, 2009 7:49 am

    You are not alone! We were talking about this book at the kid lit festival last weekend.

  6. November 21, 2009 8:04 am

    Too bad. I thought the cover image was pretty cool, though.

  7. November 21, 2009 8:27 am

    I’m with Staci. He should give it up and retire!

  8. November 21, 2009 8:35 am

    Sorry this book wasn’t a homerun for you. I’ve pretty much stopped reading Patterson, as I was disappointed by the last few books I had read by “him and his team”.

  9. November 21, 2009 8:55 am

    Thanks for the honest review. I’m not a Patterson fan in any case, but I may have given this one a shot, being YA and fantasy. Glad I can pass it by.

  10. November 21, 2009 9:56 am

    As I read your post, I couldn’t quiet the mantra, James Patterson’s team of writers is not writing YA fantasy? Good gracious. I already avoid Patterson’s books because you can’t be sure who actually writes them anymore. I have big trouble seeing him as a YA author.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

  11. November 21, 2009 10:25 am

    I’m not a Patterson fan so probably won’t be reading this one but I am interested that there’s a character named Whit. Not a very usual name and that’s what my daughter calls my son (although it’s not a shortening of his name that he much appreciates).

  12. November 21, 2009 11:49 am

    I have enjoyed some of Patterson’s books (Women’s Murder Club series and the Alex series). I’m going to pass on this one. Thanks for the honest review.

  13. November 21, 2009 12:10 pm

    sorry to hear it wasnt that great, I do need to read James Patterson though. I’ve heard good things about him.

  14. November 21, 2009 12:32 pm

    Most people I have noticed didn’t fancy this book. Which I have to admit, being James Patterson, I’m slightly surprised.
    Thank you for the honest review.

  15. November 21, 2009 12:36 pm

    At first I was thinking it sounded great. I’d sure love another YA series to grab me like Harry Potter…sigh… Based on your review, I won’t be looking for it here. Thank you.

  16. November 21, 2009 12:37 pm

    Thanks for the review. I haven’t gotten into any of his YA books at all.

  17. November 21, 2009 5:14 pm

    Bermudiaonion, thanks for your honest review. 😎

  18. November 21, 2009 8:32 pm

    Sometimes it just seems like a book was not written with me in mind- what can you do? 🙂 thanks for the review!

  19. booksandmoviescarriek permalink
    November 21, 2009 10:36 pm

    I think I’ll pass on this one. 🙂

  20. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 22, 2009 12:27 am

    The cover is compelling, too bad the book didn’t hold up. I just read a book that was certainly more geared to boys and I felt bad for not liking it more.

  21. November 22, 2009 12:52 am

    I’d probably skip this one and finish reading the Harry Potter series instead! Thanks for an honest assessment of the book.

  22. November 22, 2009 9:02 am

    I have this book sitting on my shelf to read and I love Patterson but reading your review I am not sure I am going to like it then.

    Thanks Kathy for your honest review.

  23. November 22, 2009 11:32 am

    I am interested in this book…. Patterson is really all over the board isnt he? I am a huge Potter fan and this one makes me curious.

  24. November 22, 2009 2:43 pm

    This is not a series I would pick up if it continues to have Gabrielle Charbonnet as the co-author. She co-authored one of the worst Patterson books, Sunday’s at Tiffany’s. I think she writes the majority of the co-authored book, and I just can’t go there.

  25. November 22, 2009 6:55 pm

    I saw this book when I visited the bookstore last week. I didn’t buy it although I thought the premise sounds interesting, now after reading your review I’m glad I didn’t. 😉

  26. November 23, 2009 9:14 am

    Good to know and thanks for being honest.

  27. November 23, 2009 3:56 pm

    I bet my son would love this book! He has read some of the other Patterson YA books, and I think Patterson’s name alone would sell him on this one! Thanks for the heads up… I had no idea this was even out there!

  28. November 23, 2009 8:33 pm

    I have doubts about getting this one when I see it at the bookstores and your review confirms it. Thanks, Kathy!

  29. November 24, 2009 8:16 pm

    Gosh…is there anything that James Patterson is NOT writing about or a person he is not co-authoring with?

  30. justicejenniferreads permalink
    November 26, 2009 10:05 pm

    I admit, I’m a huge Potter fan. I gobbled up the books. Since then, I feel like a lot of people have tried heading in that direction, but it’s never been as good (for me, at least) as Harry Potter. But that’s just me. Great review. I think I’ll skip this one.

  31. December 1, 2009 9:28 am

    Not sure I’ll read this one after hearing how his co-authors are basically the writers using his ideas. Gabrielle Charbonnet co-wrote Sundays at Tiffany’s, which was among the cheesiest books I’ve ever read. I also agree with your “cashing in” statement. I think that every time I hear he has a new book coming out. I can’t seem to stop myself with the Women’s Murder Club books though. LOL

    –Anna

  32. Connor Carmody permalink
    January 3, 2010 11:27 pm

    Well, being twelve, I love the book. I read like, cover to cover in one sitting! It kept me turning the pages over and over again, I loved the suspense, and everything! I may be a young male, but I am not a reluctant reader. Plus, I found the point of view changes interesting, not confusing. And with two main characters, the point of view changes were also nessescary in keeping both characters equally important.

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