Book Review: Witch & Wizard by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet


Title: Witch and Wizaed (Book 1)
Author: James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Series: Witch and Wizard
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 14, 2009

Book Summary:
Wistiria and Whitford Allgood were very unaware of the government’s current situation. Being teenagers, it wasn’t something that concerned them, that is until they were ripped from their beds in the middle of the night by the New Order, the most recent regime within the government. As they were being taken from their home they discovered that the accusation being put on them, was that they were in fact a witch and a wizard, yet this was news to both Witsy and Whit. They were about to be sent to a prison for something that wasn’t true….or was it?
During their time in prison they began to discover new things about themselves, things they once thought impossible. They also began to understand exactly what the New Order was up to, trying to supress every aspect of the life they once knew. Whether it be the books they loved, the music they listened to, or their family that was once together, it was all gone. They were trapped in a totalitarian nightmare, with only each other and their newly discovered powers…soon realizing that the weight of the world was upon their young shoulders.

James Patterson is a well known author of adult romance and thriller novels, but here we find him stepping out of his normal genre to co-author a young adult series. I was not aware of this until I came across the series while I was browsing at my local Barnes and Noble. I love young-adult thrillers and action packed novels, so, knowing Patterson’s reputation I picked it up, with interest.
It may be because I have set really high expectations on anything Patterson, but overall Witch and Wizard was not my favorite. I found myself not being able to put the book down, more so because I really wanted to know what would happen in hopes that it would soon get better. Throughout, there seemed to be a major lack of any character development and depth in the overall storyline. Despite all that being said, the book was not that bad. I finished it and still had an interest in finshing the series (which I am still working on). I do hope that the writing gets better, and for those who don’t know Patterson (or even those who do), please don’t hold this against him, he really has done much better. I think the hope lies in the fact that Patterson switches up his co-author throughout the series. I would still recommend this book to those who like fantasy and zction, and it’s a great read for pre-teens. The language may not be eloquent and character development may fail at times but Witch and Wizard is a great idea, and a nice touch on dystopian writings, even if it may not be the best of them.

Rating: 3 Stars- Worth reading if you have the time
Content: Violent at times, other than that it is pretty clean
Source: Barnes and Noble (on my Nook)
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