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The Kiss (Witch & Wizard)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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James Patterson and Jill Dembowski, deliver another exciting story as this saga continues. Whit and Wisty have extraordinary capabilities, and finally defeat the cruel dictator, but other problems exist as more challenges must be met. All odds seem to be against a brother, and a sister as Heath captures Wisty's heart. The powerful Wizard King threatens war, magic is tested, and Wisty must make a complicated decision. A war is brewing, danger spreads like wild-fire, and a beautiful world once fought for could become a nightmare. Can Wisty trust Heath, and will their world be destroyed? The intriguing story grabs your attention in the very beginning, the mystical setting is picture-perfect, and the colorful characters come to life. Young adults will enjoy this installment as well as adults, and love this epic dystopian series as they crave for more. Will their world be saved? Magical, enjoyable, and entertaining. Highly recommended!
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on November 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am willing to step out on a limb and say I was just too old for this book. I liked some of his other teen books and thought I would like this one, but I didn't. I feel like it is written for more of the elementary or middle school readers.

The topic and conversations were beyond childish. I just wanted the book to end. Situations were too easily solved. The entire thing felt predictable. Not only that, but Wisty's relationship rubbed me the wrong way. I also felt the characters were extremely judgmental and whinny.

I am just glad I finished it, but I do think it should be targeted at the younger readers.
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-The First Truth-
Know The Self.
Illusions Trick The Eyes,
But Not The Inner Eye.

-The Second Truth-
Know The Family.
Trust Is Not Truth;
It Is But A Flickering Flame.

-The Third Truth-
Know Light From Dark.
Magic Is Not Equal To Righteousness.
A Wizard May Destroy Or Save.
A City Hangs In The Balance.

-from the first page

The Fire was the final book in the original Witch & Wizard trilogy. It wrapped up things nicely. So, going into this book, Whit & Wisty and the entire city are all celebrating the end of the evil dictator The One. But, of course things can't stay happy or there wouldn't be a story. There is a new threat, the Wizard King on the mountain. And there is a new government. A council made up of 17 men & women and 17 kids including Wisty & Whit. The head of the council, General Bloom is also a problem. He wants to control things and takes his newfound power too far. The Wizard King has cut off the city's water supply and children have been vanishing from the city. Whit takes off on a peaceful mission to the mountain to negotiate with the Wizard King. And Wisty chooses to stay behind with a mysterious wizard named Heath.

I enjoyed this book. It seemed totally separate from the original trilogy, with new locations and characters popping up that we never heard of before. But, it is another exciting adventure for Whit & Wisty. She is a difficult character to like because she is so hot-headed and always flying off the handle (not a good thing when you can't control your magic and you start fires). But I get her. She seems to fall really fast for this new wizard (Heath) without too much hesitation considering she doesn't really know him. But I guess that's young love in the wizard world. ;) Whit is likable but I wish his powers were stronger. I liked the conflict between the siblings and that they learn they are stronger together.

There were some fun twists towards the end and one especially that I didn't see coming (though some of you may). A fun, very quick read. Overall another good book in the series and great for middle school students.

Recommended to:
Young adults and middle school students. There is magic and adventure, a little romance and a strong brother/sister bond.
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on April 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So I had no idea this series was continuing because the last book which came out, The Fire, seemed like the perfect ending. My feelings are mixed on this one though. Overall, I enjoyed reading the story and loved the different places described in this book; the Mountain, the Forest, and the mention of a desert. And of course the familiar characters Whit and Wisty are enjoyable. However, what I enjoyed was also part of what bothered me. None of the places were ever mentioned in the previous novels (that I can remember) and made it a bit hard to believe they just all of the sudden appeared. I think it may have been better to just start a whole new series with similar characters, because it was just a little hard to buy the whole completely new setting.

Thinking of the book as separate from the series though, makes the story much more enjoyable. Corruption and unequal rights resurface as another power hungry leader tries to gain control of the city while another threat from the Mountain appears at the same time. Children start disappearing again and it's up to Whit and Wisty to help save the city from destruction, but this time a super handsome boy comes in the way splitting Whit and Wisty apart. Wisty can't seem to get enough of her latest crush Heath, while Whit believes him to be the scum of the Earth, but whose side is Heath really on?

All in all if you enjoyed the characters of Whit and Wisty and don't mind stretching your imagination to completely change their storyline, then go ahead read The Kiss. It's not a bad read. But if you want to just remember the ending of their story the way it probably should have "ended", you may be disappointed by this one....
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on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I just finished The Kiss and I really enjoyed the book. **Contains spoiler information** I didn't like the fact that there was such a small period of peace and happiness until trouble started again. After defeating The One, it would have been nice knowing that the characters had a longer period of happiness before going to war. Some of the plot I expected, but I was thoroughly surprised by some developments (Heath's identity comes to mind). While the romance factor added a freshness to the series, I found myself feeling as if Whit was slighted. Also, I would have found the cover much more interesting with the letter "K" rather than a picture of Wisty. The series went from having a gender-neutral appeal, to looking as if it is a series mainly for girls. Finally, the use of allusion to the Holocaust with the magicians being forced into ghettos was a great way to incorporate historical events into the story. Hoping for a 5th book!
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on March 23, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Can anyone please explain to me why I can't find this hardcover book for sale anymore with simply the letter "K" on it?? My series is all messed up looking without it! I accidentally missed this one somehow, skipping to "L" instead, and having already read the first 3 books. I have looked even on James Patterson's website and not only can't I find this novel for sale with the original cover (in hardcover) but I also cannot find any explanation as to why it's changed!?!?!? The next, and apparently last, novel in the series reverts to a cover once again with just the letter on it...WHAT'S GOING ON??? Anyone?!?! Thank you, in advance, to anyone who can answer this silly, yet intriguing and irritating, question for me.
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on February 12, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I love this series, I really do. As always, I thought that the book was well written and the characters were good. However, I wasn't very pleased by the majority of the romance in the novel. No worries, I won't spoil it. I mean yeah its great Witsy got a love interest, but I didn't care for how it developed all together. On a different note, I was hoping that Wit would gain more powers and grow to be as strong as Witsy, but as always, I didn't get that. Overall, I would've liked to see more Wit development with his powers and a little less of the romance factor.
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on March 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
This series is one that's best for you to read from the beginning- it definitely makes things make sense. There are witches, wizards, tyrants, war, drama, love, and everything in between. I've been reading this series since the beginning, and each book gets better. The characters are easy to love, and the bad guys are so easy to hate. These books may be geared towards YA but they definitely have an adult undercurrent that makes you think. Thumbs up.
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on March 26, 2014
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Since this was part of a series, I assumed this would be as good as the others, the pacing was a little slower than the other books, and he really portrayed the female character poorly this time. Wisty is a lot stronger, based on the previous books, and it was sad to see him let her fall into the cliched scenario of falling for a guy. Please, give the girl some credit, she is not and hadn't been in the past that stupid.
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on August 16, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book took a unique way of writing about teenage angst and the struggle to find out who you are and who you wanted to become. They use the supernatural realm to exhibit the conflicts that go on when you're transitioning from a teen, who only sees how the world effects them, to a young adult who recognizes how he can effect the world. However, be warned. If you read one, you'll HAVE to read them all!
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