June 21, 2011

The Witch and The Wizard by James Patterson

Series: The Witch & Wizard 1 & 2
Format: Hardback
Release Date: December 14, 2009; December 31, 2010
Purchase Links: Amazon

Another brother-sister team who are on the verge of discovering that they are special and that they have special powers. The story is narrated in alternating POV's by the siblings Whitford and Wisteria Allgood in a form of a testimonial.

The first book tells us how they were arrested in the middle of the night at their house accused of witchcraft by the totalitarian government called New Order. There were other teenagers who were arrested in an effort to suppress them, their freedom, their way of life. They managed to escape and save other prisoners but they have yet to look for their parents.

In The Gift, they were once again betrayed and captured, The One needs Wisty for she is "The One Who Has the Gift".  They are slowly coming to terms with their powers as they move forward with the rebellion, the more intense the situation and emotion, the more that their powers come out.

Patterson collaborated with Gabrielle Charbonnet (Witch and Wizard) and Ned Ruse (The Gift) and the saying two heads are better than one is totally not true in this case. Is this series a joke?! I mean seriously, I've heard of James Patterson and I know he's a best-selling author but these books are like first drafts. I don't understand what possessed the editor to give the go signal to get these published. It's like his friends came over and they have this dream of becoming a writer and Patterson decided that he'll help them out. Bad decision.

Let me defend my review, the narration is confusing and very slow paced. Witches and Wizards was just about their jailbreak, going back to jail and another jailbreak. Of course there were other events in between but those were the highlights. In The Gift, they were captured again, broke free and still we have no clue as to who they are, what their history is and why they are so special. I'm all in for suspense and mystery but this is just not straightforward enough for my taste. I have to go back and re-read chapters because they seem to be  morphing from one location to the next without warning. Even the spells were badly written, it doesn't have a sense of authenticity to it. It feels like the book is dancing on different tunes at the same time. The only redeeming part is New Order Propaganda who releases a list of banned artists using parody to present them: Harry Potter is Gary Blotter; Justin Bieber is Dustin Beeper; Taylor Swift is Swifty Tailor; and Miley Cyrus as Smiley Pyrus to name a few.

You don't have to take my word for it but you're better off reading something else.

1 comment:

  1. i loved both of these books i couldn't put it down if i could save my life it should be awarded i hope james patterson makes more he is a excellent mind for story-telling
    fellow reader sincerly,


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