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Book Review #5: Witch & Wizard: The Gift by James Patterson (and Ned Rust)

“What you are about to read may scare you, but stick with us! We need your help, and you need ours.”

“Ever since Whit and Wisty Allgood were cruelly torn from their home and family in the middle of the night, the soldiers of a brutal totalitarian government have relentlessly tried to capture and execute them for ‘collusion, conspiracy, and experimentation with the dark and foul arts.’ But this supremely skilled witch and wizard have instead boldly spearheaded the fight against the wicked regime of the New Order and its systematic destruction of music, art and books. It’s about to get worse. The villainous leader of the New Order is just a breath away from the ability to control the forces of nature and to manipulate his citizens on the most profound level imaginable- through their minds. There is only one more thing he needs to triumph in his evil quest: the Gifts of Whit and Wisteria Allgood. And he will stop at nothing to seize them.”

(Spoiler Alert!)

I had high expectations for this both since the first book was so wickedly awesome. It took until like the half of Book One to get going, to be suspenseful as the other chapters. It was confusing at first because the first book ends with Whit and Wisty preparing to be executed, but this book starts with Whit watching his ‘sister’ get executed when it was really Margo.

It was confusing during other parts too. I don’t know if I was reading too fast or what, because I went back and re-read when I got confused, but still, yeesh. I also love the whole Byron, Wisty romance thing. It was really sweet that he was willing to die for her after every thing that has happened between them. Overall, it was good and I’m keeping my eye out for the third one.

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Book Review #4: Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (and Gabrielle Charbonnet)

You are holding an urgent and vital narrative that reveals the forbidden truth about these perilous times…”

“This is the atonishing 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 wizard. They are not alone in their terrifying predicament. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped. Some of 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. Most copies of this story have already been seized, shredded, or burned. Read this rare, surviving edition and pass it along with care-before it’s too late.”

This book’s description sure speaks for the novel itself. I really enjoyed this one, its short, fast paced chapters get straight to the point and it is suspense filled throughout. This novel was mixture between The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. I could also recognize the allusions made in the novel to current pop culture. You root for the kids, in this world over-controlled politics that shows a glimmer of reality beyond the craziness of witches and wizards.

This book is the first I have read of James Patterson, so I will definitely be checking out some of his other works, like Maximum Ride maybe?

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: The End of Era

Since I unfortunately can’t make the midnight showing of the very last Harry Potter movie, which is happening tonight by the way, I get to see it on Saturday. As I’ve repeatedly said in both private and the publicity of Facebook, I’m bringing my sister’s cheap Hermonie’s wand that lights up and makes noises when you wave it. Also, I’m planning going to the Theatre again to see it again because I’m a dork. I’ve been so excited for this ever since the book was released way back in July 21st, 2007. I went to the midnight release party in my hometown when I was living there.

In anticipation for this movie I was involved in a fight on a Facebook event page (which entailed that you say mischeif managed at the end of the movie, which I recommend all who see it do.) with a hater. I mean really, a hater of Harry Potter. That’s like, one in a million. I’m still pondering on whether it was a troll or the person was just stupid.

Anyways, last night, I read the last part of DH to refresh my memory, right at the point part one ended. I cried at three points in the novel, which I’m not gonna bother warning you because if you are reading this you obviously read the book and plan on watching the movie. The first point I cried was when Lupin came to Bill and Fleur’s cottage with news of Tonks having baby Teddy. The second time I cried was when Fred died, obviously, because I am literally in love with Fred and George and I secretly want them to be my big brothers (I guess this is not really much of a secret anymore). The very last time I cried, was when Harry went to the forbidden forest and was talking to the ghosts of his parents and Sirius and he asked them “Does it hurt?” referring to death. Sometimes, I don’t know why I cry at that point, but it’s one of my favourite parts in the entire book and I hope it’s in the movie.

We all know we will cry when people die in this, we all cried when Dobby died, not so much when Pettigrew died, we will cry when Fred, Lupin and Tonks die. Maybe some will cry when Snape or Nagini dies, I dunno. But one of the most insignificant deaths I believe, even when I re-read the book it still surprised me when he died. You know who I’m talking about, everyone’s favourite HP paparazzo: Colin Creevey.

 Besides the whole sadness of death and the end of Harry Potter, I’m extremely excited for the movie. It’s going to be hard coming out of this movie and convincing myself that this is it for the movies. But it won’t be it for HP. There’s still the DVD release of this movie to look forward to. Also Pottermore coming out in October. I still have HEX as well (Hogwarts Extreme, a Harry Potter Roleplaying website). No matter the case, Harry Potter will still live in our hearts for years to come and you can always tell your grandkids that you were around when the books and movies were released even though I was like seven months old when the first book was published. Anyways, long live Potter!

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