Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Book Review: Witch & Wizard: book one in the Witch and Wizard Series (James Patterson)

Witch & Wizard
By: James Patterson
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy (Magic, Witches, Supernatural), 
Sci-Fi (Dystopia), Young Adult (Teen), Adventure, Fiction

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?

 (there were two different blurbs, so here's the second one:)

Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. 

That's what has happened to Whit Allgood and his sister, Wisty. They went to sleep as normal teenagers, and woke up as wanted criminals. Accused of holding incredible powers they'd never dreamed possible. And now, just how different they are-special, even-if just beginning to be revealed in a strange new world.

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Okay, my darlings, this book. Thissssssss boookkk, oh. My. Gosh. It is was so good! I have never really read a book surrounding wizards (besides Harry Potter, of course), so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I had actually not had any desire to read a wizardy book. I dunno, I guess Harry Potter set the bar WAY too high, and I didn't want to disappoint myself.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with James Patterson. I was almost disappointed that it was a good book, like I was betraying J.K. by liking other wizard books.

Something that I really like about this book was that it started straight from page one. You didn't have to wait at all for the plot to start off.

I actually got the book in physical form, which makes me very happy. It was a decently large book (you could compare it to The Sorcerer's Stone, in length(why are there so many er-s on Sorcerers?? (yes, I looked it up)(parenthesis INCEPTION)), but at the same time it felt like it was really, really short. I think it may have been because nothing...really got achieved? Maybe?

Okay, before I get stoned to death, I should point out that Witch&Wizard is NOT anything like Harry Potter, no real spells, no robes, or quills. It's like a pre/post-apocalyptic world PLUS wizards. I think they can be classified as something other than wizards....magical people? I dunno, but they had magical powers! And it was apocalypse via the government, which was a nice change from aliens. The only thing that really has bothered me is that they're looking for their parents still (as far as less than half through the second book), and I feel like I'll be really disappointed if they  spend they entire series trying to find their parents, rather than leading the rebellion like they're supposed to.

I DO like that the book is mostly just kids. Like, the rebellion is led by a bunch of teenagers, and they go and save lots of little kids. and The One Who Is The One does kind of give off a Voldemort vibe, but instead of being He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, he's He-Who-Shall-Be-Worshiped-By-All-And-If-U-Don't-Worship-Him-He'll-Vaporize-You. He's kind of a walking contradiction because he's banned all forms of magic (even the word), but he's like all powerful with his magic. So, apparently, he's allowed to use it, but nobody else is? Hypocrite much??

I don't know what else to say, really. It was a good book! It pulled me in from the very first page, even though it wasn't a book that I'd have picked up on my own.  I really, really like the way it's written. It goes between Whit and Wisty and it's like they're the ones that are telling their story (in the second one I was told to go back and do some rereading, which was the highlight of the book so far haha). So it was like they were the ones who'd written the book. I got the second and third book with a Christmas gift card...I love book money! Books-A-Million didn't have the same cover edition for the third book, so my first and second book match, but the third doesn't (there are more book, but I only had so much money on the card and books be expensive, yo. Even paperbacks), so it kinda REALLY annoys me, like WHY NO MATCH?! But I needed the third book haha. Anyway,  I'm about 160 pages into the second book (The Gift), I dunno why I haven't finished it yet, I think it's because I need something new. Maybe I'll find a diamond in our review requested book list!

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