Sunday, December 23, 2012

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

This book was recommended by a student, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Whit and Wisty are kidnapped from their home, and they are charged with being a wizard and a witch. During their capture and time in prison, the kids learn that the charges are true. A group called the New Order has taken over most of society, and they are capturing and eliminating all witches and wizards. The two children slowly learn about their different powers, but learning to control them is a different story. Wisty is able to set herself on fire, and she accidentally changes a bully into a weasel. From his dead girlfriend, Whit discovers that there are different levels of reality (Overworld, Underworld, Shadowland, etc.), and one man with great power plans to control all of them. There's a prophecy about Whit and Wisty stopping him, but will it come true?

I enjoyed the plot, but I did not care for the formatting of the book. The chapters alternated from Whit and Wisty's points of view, which is fine. However, I think the longest chapter was four pages long; most were only three pages in length. The frustrating thing was that the same character told several chapters in a row, so I didn't understand why they weren't combined into one chapter. The short chapters made the plot seem very choppy to me. There is a sequel.

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