June 19, 2011

Magic in the Blood • Witch & Wizard

Witch & Wizard book cover
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
Series: Witch & Wizard #1
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: October 2010
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

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?

I am slightly ashamed to admit that Witch & Wizard is the first book by James Patterson that I've read. And, after having read this book, I wonder why. Patterson is a great writer and I thoroughly enjoyed dipping into his world through Witch & Wizard.

Witch & Wizard was comprised of short, choppy chapters, which actually seemed to make sense to me (and that's no easy feat considering I'm a fan of long, lengthy passages). Each chapter is told from the point of view of either Whit or Wisty, which allows us to glean some insight into their character and their take on the situation.

James Patterson has a masterful, authoritative way of writing that had me fearing the existence of this New Order, the corrupt people in power and wistfully wishing I had magical abilities too. It was interesting to follow Whit and Wisty as they discover more about the world, the government and their abilities.

There was something that prickled a bit in me - James Patterson seems to be metaphorically speaking about those who would oppose creativity, uniqueness or even something different. I realize that it may be a farfetched conclusion, but I was drawn to thinking more about this and, like Wisty and Whit, I will definitely stand for uniqueness and equality. Witch & Wizard was a great read and I sped through it quickly. I enjoyed the little filler portion at the end too and I'm definitely picking up the next book.


  1. I didn't really care for this at all actually. But great review! I love reading opposing views. Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi! I'm not sure if we're fellow followers, but I follow you!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

    1. I liked it, but I didn't like it enough to continue with the series. It was just okay, honestly.


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