Monday, 2 November 2009

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

From Amazon: The world is changing - the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For fifteen-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend. Imprisoned together and condemned to death, Wisty and Whit begin exhibiting strange abilities and powers they never dreamed of. Can this newly discovered witch and a wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?

Witch & Wizard started off quite well, but got steadily worse as it progressed. I hate to say it, but I think James Patterson is running out of ideas; at least on the YA side of things.

I got the feeling that this had been written quickly, and that the authors hadn't dedicated enough time to working out a plausible plot. Whether this is because those Patterson-doesn't-write-his-own-books rumours are true, I don't know. The plot had the potential to be fantastic, but there was just too much wackiness involved. Talking dogs, convenient ghosts and boy weasels are just a few of the occurences that left me scratching my head in puzzlement -- they really were mind-boggling.

There were some parts of Witch & Wizard that I liked, and it's a good job, otherwise I probably would have stopped reading. The first hundred pages were really quite good, and did a great job of setting the scene and introducing the characters. Wisty and Whit were interesting enough, and I liked their brother/sister relationship. I wanted them to find the notion of magic a strange one, rather than just accepting it as if it was nothing out of the ordinary, but instead they hardly batted an eyelid.

The pacing of the plot is still what I would consider Pattinson's strong suit, as the chapters move very quickly, and you never know what's waiting for you around the corner. He definitely tries to keep the reader interested, and for the most part, he succeeds. Although I didn't like this book as much as Maximum Ride, I will, as always, be reading the next in the series. I just can't help myself.

27 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really want to read this. I read the first couple of chapters in Waterstone's and it seemed brilliant. Shame it didn't stay that way. Great review as always!

Chicklish said...

I loved reading this well-balanced review. Thank you!

Thao said...

I never heard of this one before. Not sure how I feel about the plot but the cover is gorgeous.

Becky said...

Yep, Patterson sure knows how to make you read on. Annoying, isn't it? This book is too expensive for what you get. Half a story, in my opionion and yeah I have to agree some of the plot was a little too convenient. I love this review!

The Book Owl said...

Good review. I've yet to read anything by Patterson, but I recently won 8 of his books, so I should probably get on that. haha

Kate said...

Hmm, I still want to read this. But I don't want to be disappointed. I think I'll give it a chance. Great review =)

jacey said...

i soo want to read this i already read the 1rst 20 chapters or sooo and it is great

Anonymous said...

Awesome book, i read it all already

Anonymous said...

When does the second book come out? I already finished witch and wizard.

Anonymous said...

I Love his books

Anonymous said...

I just read Witch and Wizard #1
When will the next book be comming?

Anonymous said...

I liked the book, but I agree that it seemed rather thrown together. I got the feeling that it was being written with a deadline in mind.

Anonymous said...

I loved the beginning of this book, and I'll definitely read the next installment in the series, although is is true that it gets progressively worst as you read on. But in my opinion it is worth your time.

Anonymous said...

I agree with most. I really liked the book and all, but it did seemed like it was put together all to quickly. Other than that, I say it was rather quite excellent.

Anonymous said...

NOOO i think this review is rong i am 16 year kid that loves book and if you are the same as me then you will enjoy this book

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading this book and loved it. Can't wait for the next one. Hope it doesn't take too long.

Anonymous said...

Just finished this book a few minutes ago and thought it was very good. Its worth the time to read it.

Anonymous said...

I just got done reading this book about 5 minutes ago and I think you are way off on your review. For me it was amazing and I wish it hadn't ended. I hope they turn the book into a movie and that the second book comes out extremely soon!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book, It seemed a little mushed together bur it worked out anyways. Great book!

Mandy Smith said...

Wow.... you guys must not have read any GOOD books. I was so excited to read a Patterson. My husband has read them for years. I was disappointed. I felt he hung on the coat-tails of the "Harry Potter" fans and his famous name. Ugh, didn't work for me. I will NOT be reading the next in the series. I barely got through this one.

Anonymous said...

Audrey Gardney is a BITCH

Anonymous said...

i read it for a class reading pages and i was disappointed by the lack of plot. The beginning was good, i wanted to keep reading, but it seemed to have too many details that didn't mix or make sence. I was looking forward to reading one of his other books but i don't know now...

Wolfkin said...

this is my first Patterson book and wow. Shockingly disappointing. You liked it for the first 100 pages. I was on page 51 when the thought occurred to me that this might be like a giant parody book. Heck the reason I'm here is after finishing it I still wasn't sure if I was suppose to take it seriously.

For crying out loud my edition has a James Patterson quote on the back. Yes he puts a quote from himself about the book ON the book. The extreme convenience of various magics, the odd slang, the inconsistent characters (the weasel and in some cases the protags) the lame names (Heroes= Allgood; villains= "New Order" aka NO). Characters who switch sides for no apparent reason. The parody-like names: Rapper "Lay-Z", band "We Shall be Titans", book "Gary Blotter and the Guild of Rejects" I mean it really sounds like one of those well written fanfic parodies except it's a full length book that didn't end.

I agree the premise was stellar. As an idea it had great promise. I read the jacket summary and was immediately intrigued by how this would run it's course. I think the magic came a tad too soon but aside from that the pacing was enjoyable. As much problems I had with the story telling and the characters the world itself still managed to come across and I liked that. I found myself interested in learning more about the world. I don't think we got enough about it but I guess that is why it's a series.

Anonymous said...

I liked this book,not to many things to throw you off from reading or getting it. I would like to know when the next book is coming out. Also i think people who read this will not be dispponed.

Anonymous said...

I already read 2 times I love the history I am can't wait for the next. This catch my atention like Harry Potter books. Excellente i recomend to everyone your mind is going to fly at you are reading the letter and the sentences.

Anonymous said...

I spend just a week to finish the book keep me to read, I was on the subway, at lunch time even walking in the street reading the book. Watting for the next one as a crazy

Anonymous said...

How can you say that james is runing out of ideas his books are amazing
w&w is so great I red it 3 times already still waiting for the second one.
He's fantastic