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An interesting James Patterson book

Book: Witch and Wizard: The Fire

Author: James Patterson and JIll Dembowski

Recommend? Definitely, much better than the first two!

I got a new nook for Christmas 🙂 With my new nook simple touch in hand, I’ve been reading up a storm! So I went to the bookstore and spent a few hours devouring the latest James Patterson book in his Witch and Wizard series.

I had read the first two books in the series and found them to be a fun, fast and light read. When I got to the third book of the series, I was pleasantly surprised to see a change from the first two. This book seemed to be more logical and polished than the first two. This book also seemed to be better geared to the target audience than the first two had been.

This book follows Wisty and Whit Allgood, a young witch and wizard who are fighting The One Who is The One and the New Order. At the beginning of the book Whit is trying to save Wisty who is on the brink of death. From the first page on, the story grabs you and doesn’t really let go. All of the book s have been exciting but this book really developed the story and filled in quite a few holes that made the story seem more cohesive.

Of all the books, this one gave the best visual of the different worlds, made the characters seem more believable and was much more consist ant than the previous two. However, I would say that this series in general can be a bit hard to follow, simply because Mr. Patterson takes things quite a ways away from what is normal for most books about witches and wizards. However, these differences create a truly fictional world.

I think the biggest negative for me in the series is the fact that the characters are not well fleshed out. The action seems more important than who Whit and Wisty are as characters. Mr. Patterson doesn’t take enough time to flesh these kids out, let alone the supporting characters and so you are pulled by plot alone. While this can work, especially in something this intense, I think that better characterization would have enhanced the drama, instead of creating two characters that at the end, you are not sure you really know, especially when Wisty makes a choice about a certain boy that makes absolutely no sense to me. I think character development would have helped this series be much more effective and created a more lasting impression.

If you decide to pick this one up, be sure to check out the extra stuff at the end. There are so many Easter eggs in this book that are thinly disguised and the appendixes are no exception.

While this was a fun read, it’s not one that will be joining my book collection anytime soon.

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Magical gifts

The second book

Book: Witch and Wizard and Witch and Wizard: The Gift

Author: James Patterson

Recommend: If you can handle the fact that you might not be the author’s target audience

Okay, I read the first book ages ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when the second one came out, I couldn’t wait to read it. This book tells the story of a brother and sister who are gifted with magic in a world where magic is illegal and anyone who doesn’t conform is suspect- think Nazi Germany at it’s height. These kids are mention in prophecy and you are introduced to them on the day they die- don’t worry there is a lot more story than that 😉

I found it very enjoyable to read. I have read a few of Patterson’s other books (not the big series though) and liked his writing. However, the target audience is definitely younger teens or preteens and it is very clear. On the other hand, for once in a very long time, I had no idea where he was going to take the storyline a good part of the time and it was just a lot of fun to read. I would recommend this if you can turn off your adult brain and put yourself into the headspace of a teen again. These are not the next great novel but definitely engaging and a lot of fun 🙂

These are both quick reads and fairly easy to get through. My only large complaint was the simple volume of chapters- there were way way way too many of them. The chapter breaks were happening so frequently that it honestly started to be distracting. Some of the time I would find myself having a bit of a hard time reengaging in the story simply because there was yet another chapter break.

Definitely worth a look overall- and great for your magic obsessed kid who is looking for something to read after Harry Potter.

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Imaginary Friend

Book: Sundays at Tiffany’s

Author: James Patterson

Recommend: Yes- satisfying read 🙂

I picked up this book at the library on a whim. I liked it so much that I went out and bought a copy. The story is about a little girl who has an imaginary friend who is not quite as imaginary as her mother thinks. There are rules and because of her age her friend goes away. The children are supposed to forget their friends over time, but this little girl never does. What happens when she meets up with him again as an adult?

This adorable book was a fun read. I loved the main characters and found it very heartwarming. It brought back many memories of my invisible childhood playmates. The only possible negative is that it is a bit too sweet in a couple places but that is easily forgiven.

Definitely an enjoyable light summer read.

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