Witch and Wizard (Witch and Wizard Series #1)

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YOUR BOOKS, MUSIC, AND ART—BANNED BY THE NEW ORDER!

Everything is about to change. The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and this is the astonishing testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and a wizard. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and ...

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YOUR BOOKS, MUSIC, AND ART—BANNED BY THE NEW ORDER!

Everything is about to change. The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and this is the astonishing testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and a wizard. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared—for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic . . . and the pursuit of being a normal teenager.

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Publishers Weekly
Patterson (the Maximum Ride books) and Charbonnet launch a new series about political and cultural oppression, which suffers from some questionable storytelling choices. Ordinary teenagers Whit and Wisty are taken from their house by representatives of the oppressive “New Order.” Accused of being a wizard and a witch, they're thrown in a dank prison to await execution. While there they begin to master previously unknown powers and, thanks to some otherworldly help, they manage to escape and are united with the resistance movement. The authors rely on coincidence and plot holes—each teen is allowed to bring one possession into the otherwise barbaric jail, and thus end up with magical implements. The story is further undercut by frequent recapping and short chapters, alternately narrated by the siblings, which break up the narrative for no perceivable reason. There's some fun world-building, including a stream of thinly disguised pop culture references in Wisty and Whit's alternate world (from the books of Gary Blotter to the artist Margie O'Greeffe), but even these are inconsistent (their world also includes Red Bull and the adjective Dickensian) and come across as groaners. Ages 10-up. (Dec.)
VOYA - Laura Lehner
Brother and sister Whit and Wisty awaken one morning to the sound of soldiers marching down the street and straight up to their house. Within seconds, the door is in splinters and the dumbfounded family is rounded up. Wisty, in her struggle to get away, suddenly bursts into flames, injuring the soldiers around her. When the flames subside, the two teenagers are shoved into a van and driven away as their devastated parents watch. So begin the Allgood family's troubles with the New Order—a military-type new government that is rounding up kids who are suspected of having special powers. Whit and Wisty are informed at their trial that they are a wizard and a witch, and they are sentenced to death. They had no idea. The ensuing escapade features torture, beginner magic, daring escapes, a prophecy, rats, ghosts, and forever running from the leader of the New Order—The One Who Is The One. This first volume of a planned series sets the scene well, building a world of hidden realities and following the protagonists as they learn to use their magical powers. Readers will hope that the many unanswered questions will be addressed in subsequent volumes. The only problem here is the tone of the piece—written in the first person in alternating chapters between wise-cracking Whit and back-talking Wisty. Readers never get the feeling that these are real youth in danger. More interesting elements of this new world order are not well-developed, but young Patterson fans will be thrilled to jump into this new adventure. Reviewer: Laura Lehner
Kirkus Reviews
In a parallel world, a new political party, the New Order, has come to power. Its leader, The One Who Is The One, hates children, those with imagination and magic users. Unbeknownst to teenage siblings Wisteria and Whitford Allgood, they are powerful magic users. The New Order arrests, imprisons, tests, tortures and sentences them to death. Thankfully, they're rescued by the teen resistance to fight another day for the good of all levels of reality, as they must survive to fulfill a great prophecy. In a series of mercifully short chapters narrated by two indistinguishable teens, megaseller Patterson, with co-author Charbonnet in tow, kicks off his latest series for younger audiences with a completely derivative blast of capital letters and exclamation points. The dialogue rings as true as a plastic bell, and the scant prose is so purple it's ultraviolet. Flimsy characters are slammed around a plot that lacks any internal logic. No cliche is left unused in this insulting-to-its-audience, nonsensical flapdoodle. You'll have to purchase it due to the ad campaign and author-branding, just don't invest too heavily-save your dollars for better. (Fantasy. 10-14)
USA Today
RAVES FOR THE PAGETURNERS!

"Fights and flights are non-stop in Maximum Ride. The writing is visual and cinematic--things that kids expect from their video games, TV cartoon shows and action movies."

Cathy, Bookseller - Blue Willow Bookshop
"Patterson is not just for adults anymore. With the Maximum Ride series he has created edgy, taut thrillers that teens won't be able to put down. The characters are easy to identify with and I can't wait to see what happens to Max and her family next!"
From the Publisher
RAVES FOR THE PAGETURNERS!

"Fights and flights are non-stop in Maximum Ride. The writing is visual and cinematic—things that kids expect from their video games, TV cartoon shows and action movies."
USA Today

"Patterson is not just for adults anymore. With the Maximum Ride series he has created edgy, taut thrillers that teens won't be able to put down. The characters are easy to identify with and I can't wait to see what happens to Max and her family next!"—Cathy, Bookseller, Blue Willow Bookshop

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
After being arrested at home in the dead of night, high school age siblings Wisty and Whit enter a Kafkaesque nightmare of imprisonment, deprivation, and brutality. Officials in the New Order (N.O.) accuse the duo of being a witch and a wizard. Until their arrest, the siblings did not know that they had special powers. The New Order is run by a Hitler-type known as "The One Who Is the One." Along the way Wisty and Whit have the very bad fortune to also meet The One Who Judges, The One In Command, The One Who Imprisons, and so forth and so on. Although the sibling duo escape their horrible fate, brutality and sadism is alive and well in the New Order. During their journey they connect with Celia, Whit's girlfriend, who had gone missing without a trace. She now resurfaces as a spirit from Shadowland, described as "its own dimension of reality." Shadowland, which is dangerous for humans, is filled with "half-lights" and "lost ones." Portals connect the two worlds. Wisty and Whit tell the story in alternating chapters. Despite the shock and awe of this new dark world, they remain steadfast in their goal of reuniting with their parents. The dialogue and story line are fast paced and the tone is breezy at times, but much is predictable in this tale. The story succeeds in a formulaic way; it is suspenseful but does not feel fresh. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Wisty and Whit Allgood have magical powers, but they don't know it. At least they don't know until they are arrested by the guards of the New Order, which has just come to power. Their parents have always been into herbs and plants and predictions; they don't send their kids to typical schools, and when the teens are allowed to take only one item each to jail with them, they send a drumstick and a book with no words that are visible to the naked eye. The kids start to get an inkling of what they can do when Wisty bursts into flames when she gets angry, and before long she is turning people into creatures and conjuring tornadoes, and lightning bolts shoot from her hands. The bulk of the book takes place when Whit and Wisty are locked up in a reformatory where they are bullied by the guards. The chapters are only one to three pages in length and alternate between the two main characters' points of view. The action doesn't really pick up until the last third of the book, when the siblings make their escape. Readers expecting something akin to Patterson's "Maximum Ride" series (Little, Brown) are bound to be disappointed, but the groundwork is set for subsequent volumes that might make wading through the first one worthwhile.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316038348
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2010
  • Series: Witch and Wizard Series , #1
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 41,476
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson is the author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels, Witch & Wizard, the Daniel X series, and the bestselling detective series featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. His novels have sold more than 180 million copies worldwide. In 2009 and 2010 he was nominated for the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He lives in Florida.

Gabrielle Charbonnet has coauthored Sundays at Tiffany's with James Patterson. She lives in North Carolina.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
    2. Website:

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Witch & Wizard


By Patterson, James

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2011 Patterson, James All right reserved.
ISBN: 9780446562430

PROLOGUE

YOU’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE

Wisty

IT’S OVERWHELMING. A city’s worth of angry faces staring at me like I’m a wicked criminal—which, I promise you, I’m not. The stadium is filled to capacity—past capacity. People are standing in the aisles, the stairwells, on the concrete ramparts, and a few extra thousand are camped out on the playing field. There are no football teams here today. They wouldn’t be able to get out of the locker-room tunnels if they tried.

This total abomination is being broadcast on TV and the Internet too. All the useless magazines are here, and the useless newspapers. Yep, I see cameramen in elevated roosts at intervals around the stadium.

There’s even one of those remote-controlled cameras that runs around on wires above the field. There it is—hovering just in front of the stage, bobbing slightly in the breeze.

So there are undoubtedly millions more eyes watching than I can see. But it’s the ones here in the stadium that are breaking my heart. To be confronted with tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of curious, uncaring, or at least indifferent, faces… talk about frightening.

And there are no moist eyes, never mind tears.

No words of protest.

No stomping feet.

No fists raised in solidarity.

No inkling that anybody’s even thinking of surging forward, breaking through the security cordon, and carrying my family to safety.

Clearly, this is not a good day for us Allgoods.

In fact, as the countdown ticker flashes on the giant video screens at either end of the stadium, it’s looking like this will be our last day.

It’s a point driven home by the very tall, bald man up in the tower they’ve erected midfield—he looks like a cross between a Supreme Court chief justice and Ming the Merciless. I know who he is. I’ve actually met him. He’s The One Who Is The One.

Directly behind his Oneness is a huge N.O. banner—THE NEW ORDER.

And then the crowd begins to chant, almost sing, “The One Who Is The One! The One Who Is The One!”

Imperiously, The One raises his hand, and his hooded lackeys on the stage push us forward, at least as far as the ropes around our necks will allow.

I see my brother, Whit, handsome and brave, looking down at the platform mechanism. Calculating if there’s any way to jam it, some means of keeping it from unlatching and dropping us to our neck-snapping deaths. Wondering if there’s a last-minute way out of this.

I see my mother crying quietly. Not for herself, of course, but for Whit and me.

I see my father, his tall frame stooped with resignation, smiling at me and my brother—trying to keep our spirits up, reminding us that there’s no point in being miserable in our last moments on this planet.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m supposed to be providing an introduction here, not the details of our public execution.

So let’s go back a bit….

Continues...


Excerpted from Witch & Wizard by Patterson, James Copyright © 2011 by Patterson, James. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Good read

    The book is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading it from start to finish. Anyone who loves to read about witches or wizards, should try it.

    102 out of 131 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Hippie or Wizard!?

    This to me is a five star book! If you enjoy fantasy, witchcraft, tragic love stories, twists, turns and, an ending that leaves you speechless, this is the book for you! This is a fantasy book about two kids who grew up thinking they were normal kids with over strange, hippie parents. This all changed on day when the siblings are put under trail for using witchcraft. The kids are left in the worst situation or their lives but all changes when they figure out, they in fact aren't normal. Whitney and Wisteria Allgood take you on an adventure with plenty of twists and turns. The ending starts the beginning and the beginning starts the end. This is an amazing book, great for teens and adults. This book is good for anyone, even those who don't particularly enjoy fantasy. Somehow, in the middle of all this wreck, there's a messed up love story and a tale about a girl who thought little of herself. It definitely had me wanting to read and not stop. It seems the only bad part about this book for me was: it was hard to follow at times but, it was worth it and everything got explained further on in the story. Overall, I'd recommend this book to everyone! It's a must read that keeps you guessing. Expect the unexpected.

    67 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Little more then a Harry Potter RIP-OFF

    I couldnt get into this it was tacky to me. Done over predictable, kinda of bland in my opinion Patterson is a great writer but this is not where he belongs in my opinion its awkward. There are far better fantasy tales to delve into.

    40 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2010

    Easy fun reading

    Along the lines of many writers today, Patterson takes the witches and wizards theme in a different direction. The first in a series was a fun and easy read. It kept my attention and left me wondering what would happen next.

    37 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    This sucked!!

    I have to say, this could possibly be one of the worst books I have read in awhile. The book is so short and it seems that the characters are never developed. The ending just stops with it says "to be continued". I don't think I will be reading hte follow up book unless THEY PAY ME to read it.

    30 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    I liked it.

    I know a lot of people gave this book a bum rap because of how short the chapters were and how sometimes they stopped mid-sentence but I liked it. For a fast reader like me it didn't long to finish. Sometimes there was a lull in the story which made it difficult to keep my attention, but once the story picked up it was hard to put down. All and all it was still a fun read, and I am still kind of curious to see where the story goes in the next installment.

    25 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

    This could be the worst book I've ever read.

    It seems to me that James Patterson just wanted to cash in on the Harry Potter Money train. This book was awful, and that's putting it nicely!, No character building, no attention to detail, wishy washy plot, terms are thrown in there but not explained, jumps from scene to scene with out warning. I'm really disappointed in this book and I feel like I'm dumber for having read it. I want back the time and money that I spent on it.. James, stick to what you're good at .. guess what? it ain't this!

    23 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    WOW

    i'm just read book 1 and it sucked me in. this is a great book and i am currently awaiting for the whole book to be released. i wouldn't recommend this book for the realistic-fiction lovers.

    22 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2010

    Horrible.....

    I did finish this book ONLY because I hoped it would improve. I will NOT be reading the 2nd one.

    20 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2009

    He should stick to thrillers.

    Patterson proposes an interesting concept in this book but does very little to sustain it. I am an avid fantasy reader and I have come to expect certain things to be laid out. He gives no premise for the magic these kids wield, and gives no explanation as to why The One Who Is The One is trying to eliminate magic when he wields it himself. Those problems plus some extremely cheesy dialogue throughout the book left me unsatisfied at the end.

    18 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Witch & Wizard-James Patterson

    Witch & Wizard is a refreshing teen novel opposed to James Patterson's former adult writings. The characters would be: Whitford, Wisteria, Benjamin, and Eliza Allgood, Celia, Byron Swain, Matron, and Sasha. The setting is in present-day suburbia with a New World Order. The themes include: Discrimination, Evil, Power, War, and Teamwork. I recommend this book to children from the ages of 12-16.

    Wisteria (Wisty) and Whitford (Whit) Allgood are brother and sister with special powers, but they're not fully aware of that until the New Order (N.O.) abruptly breaks into the Allgood household accusing them to be Wiccans. Wisty and Whit were appalled at the ridiculous claim the New Order has made. They plead innocent, but the N.O. knows better. They kidnap the children from their parents in the middle of the night leaving the house a chaotic mess. Wisty and Whit are held captive in a prison until their trial, where they will be hung until death. While the children are locked in there grimy cell, they soon learn they truly are magic. They discover their powers and use them to their advantage to escape from the prison, and help the other children escape also. On their adventure, they find Whit's missing girlfriend, Celia, but sadly Celia is only a spirit and was killed because of the New Order. Celia helps the children escape and leads them to a safehouse where children like them go. While staying at the safehouse they discover that they are the children of the prophecy, who will take down the N.O. Will Whit and Wisty fulfill the prophecy and bring down the New Order?
    I think this was an excellent book! It was very descriptive and adventurous. The one thing I did not like was the switching of point of views and the very brief chapters. At the end of the novel you'll notice the words, "To be continued." Obviously this book is going to be turned into a series. I hope he publishes the next book very soon. I can't wait!
    Overall I believe this book was enjoyable. I honestly can tell you I couldn't put it down. If your one who likes magic, mystery, and rebellion you will certainly enjoy this book!

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    Thumbs down.

    This is one of the worst books i have ever read. It was honestly terrible. I would not recommend it to anyone.

    14 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    I don't know if it's the book or the eReader software, but . . .

    It's incredibly annoying that so many paragraphs end mid-sentence -- or even mid-punctuation. I thought the premise of this book sounded better than James Patterson's recent books, more like the Max books, but I was terribly disappointed to spend money on it and then find it's just as lazy a writing style as Daniel X. It's almost as if his writing has become a charicature of itself. And if the messed up chapter endings really are not the fault of the eReader software but the author's own invention (which I suspect is the case), I am doubly disappointed in Mr. Patterson. He has the potential to be a great writer, but his last several books have been just incredibly lazy writing. Not to mention the extreme egotism of the Tutankhamun book -- according to Mr. Patterson, no one in the world has ever even so much as suspected that Tut was murdered. And then he goes and figures it all out for the rest of us idiots. Lazy, lazy, lazy. Mr. Patterson, please put a little more effort into your writing!

    11 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Disappointed

    I hate to give a bad review but in this case honesty is the best policy. I really didn't like this book at all. I expected so much more from Patterson. I didn't really care about the characters or felt sorry for them. I think the plot was not explained fully and I was left wondering what or why things were happening. The language used was very immature and even though I'm not a young adult I really didn't think it was how YA's talk. It made the story line and plot seem flippant and it didn't make the book entertaining.

    10 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    Blech

    Arghhh, this is just awful!!!

    10 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    Witch & Wizard

    at first I wasn't interested in this book, but then I saw it on sale at Sam's one day and took a chance and brought it. I'm glad I did. this is a wonderful book. it's like what would happen if the salem witch trials happened again in this time period. The One Who Is The One is seriously creepy and is trying to destroy music, art, and reading ( which would be a total nightmare!!!) Wisty and Whit are thrown into jail for being a witch and wizard and have to learn how to use their powers fast to break out and join their parents who are on the run. They make some friends and some enemies on the way to that goal. Full of a great mixture of horror and comedy. Totally loved it!!! I didn't know that it'll be a series though, now I can't wait for the next book!!!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    BAD BAD BAD... VERY BAD... DO NOT READ... I WANT MY MONEY BACK !!!

    Read in January, 2010
    review: I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but the obvious (cover and hype) drew me in as most readers. I read this book in one day, no biggie, but I wanted to finish it, bad or good, because I had been eager to read it.

    I suppose I had high hopes for this book, hoping to brag on it, saying "oh, it's a great book, you must read it" I will NOT be saying that to anyone, at the least, maybe a 14 year old could possibly like it, but I wouldn't suggest it to any 14 year old that I know for that matter either. ...

    I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but the obvious drew me in as most readers. I read this book in one day, no biggie, but I wanted to finish it, bad or good, because I had been eager to read it.

    I suppose I had high hopes for this book, hoping to brag on it, saying "oh, it's a great book, you must read it" I will NOT be saying that to anyone, at the least, maybe a 14 year old could possibly like it, but I won't suggest it to any 14 year old that I know.

    I wished I could get my money back. If a person wasn't happy with an item (this book) they should be entitled to a FULL refund! Because I would be firest in line to ask for my money back! Maybe I could write the publisher??? Lol.

    The story was ok... saying that... It's a bit out there, and NOT very believable in my opinion... I know fantasy books are just that, but many fantasy books can draw you in, in a more of a realistic way.

    The ONLY reason that I'm glad I read this book, is to tell people NOT to read it... That should say it all

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Silly

    over priced and pointless

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Quick read with a terrible cliffhanger..

    less then 200 pages on the e-reader, very quick read, not challenging, bad bad cliffhanger ending.

    I did enjoy the character dialog, somewhat interesting.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2009

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    I had a feeling this book might be bad. I was totally wrong. This book is amazing. The characters are cool and story makes you want to keep reading it. It does have two mistakes in it but it's not that big of a deal. If you are having doubts about this book ignore them. This book is a must read.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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