Okay so I'm a little peeved that I actually wasted my time reading this book at all. If you haven't read this book and plan to, I would recommend not reading this entry any further because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
I'm actually so irritated right now the only words I can think of to describe this atrocity are not appropriate for this blog. I usually do not read James Patterson books, both my mother and my grandmother have probably read 90% of the books he's "written." However at this point, with a new book coming out every like month, or two months, I think it's safe to say the smaller name on the cover is the one doing most of the work. Then they tack on "James Patterson" and know it will fly off the shelves. I'm not saying that he doesn't do anything with the product that comes out, but I feel like it's probably that he does very little. Perhaps he comes up with the main idea and throws out some other plot lines, but I think the second author is doing most of the writing.
With all three of the Witch and Wizard books, he has written with a different person. So all three had entirely different feels to them. Personally if I were going to write a trilogy (and thank GOD that it ended here, although I'll get to my beef with the "ending" in a bit) I'd want to write it with the same person so the books had some kind of cohesion. At the beginning of every book I was thrown into a random situation, and yes I expect that with the first book, but usually I'd appreciate if the second book at least started where the last one ended.
The first book Witch and Wizard was a fairly good book, I enjoyed the plot and was interested in the characters. However none of the characters ever evolved in my opinion. Sure they learned to use there magic, a little, by trial and error, but there isn't any personal growth. I feel like the are essentially the same characters at the end of the third book that they are in the first, with the exception that they have seen/done a lot of things.
The way that Patterson and Dembowski go about the climax of Wisty and Whit defeating The One who is The One is just disgusting. I don't mean disgusting like gruesome either, I mean disgusting as in lazy, pathetic, and just downright stupid. Here we are at the ultimate climax of three books, and it's like "oh they wished and hoped and poof he's gone" WHAT. THE. HELL!? First of all if this One who is the One was as all powerful as Patterson makes him out to be, I fail to see how this would have even made it out of book one, but for the sake of story telling and such lets just say that I'm happy we made it to book three, but to cop out like that? It was just the worst possible ending I could imagine. THEN on top of that, Whit and Wisty's parents are supposedly still alive and get to go home with them? I understand that this is a book aimed at young adult readers, but I've read a ton of young adult books that have had much heavier topics than the parents being dead. I get that this may not be what he was going for, but the totality of a super sugary "Happily ever after" ending was just terrible. If we are going to let the parents live, why not Celia? I mean let's just go all out and give everyone the happy ending.
Then in the epilogue Whit and Wisty are driving around with Byron (who Wisty ends up with? Really?!) and talk about how everything is getting back to some kind of normalcy. If all of a sudden the ultimate ruler of society falls, there would be a lot of backlash before anything magically gets any sort of better.
All in all this book was just terrible. I'm glad it only took me two days to read, but if I had known it was going to end as pathetically as it did, i probably wouldn't have wasted my time at all.
I'm currently still reading "It's so easy and other lies" by Duff McKagen. I have a few other books in my pile to choose from to start reading but I haven't decided which one I will read next.