Book Review: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

“So, how are you doing – wherever you are? Listen please: seize the moment. however worried you may be about what’s coming next. It’s your brain, it’s your life, it’s your attitude….”   

– Wisteria Allgood, Witch and Wizard

A little background about the author: Patterson, as most people know, is one of the most successful fiction writers today. He broke a Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. He is a Literarian Award winner for Outstanding Service to the American Literature Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. He has donated millions of books to colleges, school libraries, and bookstores.


The novel takes place in a dystopian society called the New Order controlled by The One. His regime monitors every aspect of people’s lives, which led to jailing and executing anyone, children and teenagers in particular, thought to be a witch or wizard. The Allgood siblings discover and grow their powers as their treacherous journey progress. It is a modern day Salem witch trials story with that dystopian feat, which makes the storyline a little more interesting.

The story is told and developed through the Allgood children, Wisty, 15,  and Whit, 18. They are both extremely brave children who are willing to do anything just to see their parents again. The tone of their narrations are both comical and at times optimistic despite their bad situation. They have a strong sibling bond, which is what keeps them both uplifted when one is feeling down. The Allgoods learn about independence and their limits for how far reality could be torn away from them before they start to doubt their persistence.

The novel does not quite end on a good or bad note for it is a prequel to Witch and Wizard: The Gift. Basically, it concludes with Wisty’s insights of her situation and offers what she learned to the reader, which is the quote above. It is really an easy and humorous read that I had a hard time to put down. Of course now I cannot wait to read the second book to find out how the Allgood siblings go on their trek to save their parents.


Thank you for stopping by! Let me know what book you’re currently reading and maybe I’ll give it a read!


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