Sunday, April 17, 2011

Review: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Witch and Wizard
By: James Patterson
Published by: Little, Brown, and Co.
Publication date: December 14, 2009
YA, 320 pages
I borrowed this book

From Goodreads...

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.

Hi guys, I know it's been a while since I posted...a little over a week actually, but I had to take a little break from the blog. I was starting to get a little stressed out over writing reviews and doing posts and the fact that I can't seem to catch up with all the books I need to read. But I've been reading some great books and I have some awesome guest posts coming up on the blog so I'm ready to dive back in!

That being said, I'm coming back atcha with my first really negative review of the year.

Witch and Wizard just didn't do it for me. There were SO many problems with this one for me, the first and the most obvious being the deal with chapter length. Each chapter is 3 pages TOPS. It was one of the most annoying things I have ever encountered while reading a book.

Second, and most importantly for me, the characters were incredibly unrealistic and flat. The author tried to make the dialogue funny but it was just ridiculous. The characters also were guilty of not having any kind of believable emotional response to anything that was happening to them.

Thirdly, the things going on in the book made no sense. There WERE a lot of things going on, but I found myself unable to feel any tension for Whit and Wisty because I just didn't care about them.

Really nothing else to say about this one. Can't recommend this one to anyone and won't be reading book two. Have any of you ever picked up a book by a big name author only to be completely disappointed??


Books and Bane said...

Half the books I have read (or started to read) have had all these great reviews and then I start to read and the further I get the more I realize that people are either really pathetic in tastes or programmed to expect very little of their books. Either way, it drives me crazy to have wasted the time. I mean, come on! I have so many other books I could have been reading. So now I go by book cover. Oddly, it works a lot better then going by reviews... works for me!!

Vampires and Tofu said...

There are a few people whose reviews I really trust...most are over there on the sidebar in my blog list. I think it all depends on finding someone who has the same taste in books as you do.
A cover might make me pick up a book, but it really all comes down to whether the storyline sounds interesting or not. I've read some great books that had crappy covers and crappy books that had great covers lol!

readinrobin said...

The summary of the book sounds very interesting, it sounds like the kind of book I can really get into. But I probably would not ever pick it unless I read several positive reviews about it, just because I'm not a big Patterson fan. (I'd actually never heard of it before reading your reivew.)

There are times though when I've picked up something just because it was by an author who is very popular, and then was disappointed. Most recently, The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice. High expectations, dashed.

I too, often pick books just because the cover grabs me though, and have found some gems that way.

Juju at Tales of said...

I had similar problems with this book. I don't know it felt reallly young or something. I didn't finish it. I think maybe the cover makes it seem more mature then it really is.

Great honest review.

Lily Child said...

I allllmost picked up this book a while back, but flipped through a few reviews via my smart phone, and set it back on the shelf. I have yet to read a positive review of this one.

Nice to have you back love! Everyone needs a break now and again! :)

Midnyte Reader said...

First, I think it is fine to take a little break from blogging. It can be pressure but then I realize that it's only pressure I put on myself. It should be fun, it's *your* blog, *your* special project. No matter how long a break you take, I always check back on your blog because I love the way you "talk" about books.

Second, reading your comment above, I am so extremely flattered to be on your blog list.

Third, I picked up this book and read the synopsis, but it didn't grab me. I'm glad I read your review before I changed my mind. You had some great points on why it didn't work for you. I read my first book by Mercedes Lackey and while I absolutely loved the story and characters, I was kind of surprised by all the "telling" instead of the showing.