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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446562459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446562454
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-In Witch & Wizard (Little, Brown, 2009), Whit and Wisty Allgood were taken from their family in the middle of the night, accused of witchcraft, and imprisoned by the corrupt government. This sequel picks up as Whit manages to save his captured sister from public execution. On the run from "The One Who Is The One" (the evil ruler of this apocalyptic world), the siblings' recently discovered magical powers are their only hope of finding their rebel cohorts and escaping capture and certain death. Once safe for the moment, Whit becomes preoccupied with finding his murdered girlfriend in the Shadowlands and jotting poetry/spells in his magic journal. Wisty practices her power of controlling fire while dabbling in an occasional musical performance and exploring a budding romance with the drummer of a popular rebel rock band. There is no real safe haven for these siblings, though, and they find themselves imprisoned once again by "The One" with only a would-be traitor holding their key to escape. The action is relentless and there are too many close calls to count in this supernatural suspense thriller. The narration alternates between brother and sister, which, particularly in these very short chapters, can be confusing. Patterson's trademark mastery of gruesome and terrifying imagery makes this otherwise dull tale come alive a bit as readers are whisked at breakneck speed toward a culmination with no resolution. This sequel can stand alone, but is unlikely to draw new readers into the series.-Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Dialogue-heavy and action-packed, the writing throughout is inventive and colorfully detailed. Written in a conversational tone by Patterson and co-author Ned Rust, it's as if the reader's craziest best friend was recounting a wildly apocryphal tale, and doing so for about four hours, which is about how long it takes to read the book. It's easy to visualize the story, which may explain why movie rights to this series have already been snatched up."—LA Times

"Chapter endings are suspenseful cliffhangers and urge even the most tentative reader to keep reading! We can expect more from this dynamic sibling team in the future."—San Francisco Book Review

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

Customer Reviews

Nothing really happened in this book.
M. Bennett
The book was well written and it keeps readers on the edges of their seats.
Dustin Porter
After reading the first book I knew I wanted to read the second.
Kyle Griffin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on April 22, 2011
I never read any of James Patterson's books. My parents (especially my mother which is an occasional avid reader) told me that he is a good author. I mentioned to my mother that he wrote YA novels such as Maximum Ride and other titles. When my mother went to Target, I used some of my own money to buy it (plus it was on sale). When I began reading I became deeply disappointed.
Why was I disappointed?

1.) I didn't realize that I bought the second book and not the first. The covers look too much alike and it confused me (and plus, I didn't see anywhere on the second book where it said "Book Two", so I assumed it was the first book). Either way, from the first few pages of the book I had to take a guess at what the scenario was.
2.) It was poorly written, to be honest. I have read many books where the author tries too hard to appeal to the young adult audience, and this is a perfect example. The words are too simple. When I read a book, I liked to be challenged, even the slightest!

This book shifts in POV too much for me. It can go from Whit's perspective, to Whisty's, to just Third Person Ominescent. Actually, the way it was written it didn't seem like a book. More like a Science-fiction movie or mini series.
The chapters are short. I mean, I don't mind short chapters but I think it is extremely brief to keep the reader guessing. I don't like to keep guessing. I just like it to be straightforward and flowing.
I never even go to the first 30 pages. I told my mother I bought the second book by accident from Target, so I returned it to get my money back. I wanted to exchange it for the first book, but apparently they didn't have it. So, I just bought "Beautiful Creatures" instead since I enjoyed the storyline. It seems like me--as well as the others who read this book--anticipated much more out of the series than they bargained for, especially since it's by "Author of the Year" James Patterson.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Justice for Trayvon on January 9, 2011
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This book was awful, and I couldn't wait until it Finally ended. Needless to say this is my last book from this series. The book skips around alot without dealing with one plot before continuing on to another one. Same plots as book one (Whit and Wisty need to find their parents, Whit hears his girlfriend talking to him, they get captured, escape, then help others escape) Boring!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bennett on February 16, 2011
Maybe I'm just too demanding of a YA book, but I don't get how anyone can enjoy this book. I'm not going to include any spoilers because there's really nothing to give away. I was given this book and about the only good thing I can say is that I'm happy I didn't pay for it.

The authors seem to think that non-sense action with teen angst and pointless cliffhangers is what teens want to read. I was only repeatedly annoyed. The POV shifts so frequently I found myself having to repeatedly go back to the chapter break to find out who is supposedly talking. There is a lot of action, but almost none of it makes sense. The end was bizarre and of course it's not the end.

The magic, such as it is, makes no sense as it is as random as everything else. And what really lost me is that at least three different times a chapter ends with a cliff-hanger where one or more of the characters is about to be killed or maimed, only to have the narrative continue in the next chapter,without ever explaining how they got out of the situation at all. That's just poor writing/editing. When they do bother to explain, half the time it is a lame excuse compared to the peril they were supposedly in. It got to the point where I didn't really care at all what their next peril would be because I knew that a) they would get out, no matter what, and b) it would probably be by some lame or unexplained method.

Bottom line, there is no way I would recommend this book or series to anyone else. There are way too many excellent YA fantasy books out there to waste time on this slop.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By winemommy on January 10, 2011
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Okay, I liked the first book enough to buy the second. This book, however, was horrible. I really was interested in the plot to begin with but the author just went nowhere fast with this book. I kept reading because I just wanted it to be over & to know what the conclusion was. I about screamed when I saw it was to be continued....really? well for the first time in my life I don't think I will purchase the last book of a series. Don't waste your time & money on this series....
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Xues on December 30, 2010
This book will keep you reading until the very end when you are left completely unsatisfied and rightfully annoyed. For one, this book switches character narration more than a kid hopped up on redbull with severe A.D.D. Secondly through the entire book nothing changes. The use of their powers stays roughly the same, The one who is the One continues to vaporize people and fly in with the wind, The "Gift" which (ironically enough named after the book) is never explained, and the constant escape-then-run-away scenes engulf about 60% of the book. A great read with a bad implementation. I for one say this series is not worth reading until it is done. And to be honest if you removed all the useless dribble (like the concert, i mean come on...Matrix-esque anyone?) and put everything important together, this series could have easily been made into one book. Just another way to sell more copies and make more money. At least that is my take on it. There is absolutely nothing in this book remotely resembling a huge twist or surprise or an explanation of anything worth value. I for one was truly disappointed with it. As well as the first.
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