Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Kiss, by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski

I finally finished Witch and Wizard: The Kiss, the last book in the Witch and Wizard series. Well, unless James Patterson decides to write another installment, which is very likely.

This book had a different feel to me than the rest, and I honestly wasn't a huge fan. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book and thought it was a great close to the series, but I didn't like it as much as the others. This is for two reasons.

First, Whit and Wisty find themselves battling the neighboring "Mountain King". There's an impending sense of doom surrounding the possibility of their people going to war with the Mountain People, and Whit goes up the mountain to negotiate. The Mountain People are different, and there was this weird, almost mystical, aura that just made it feel like there was too much going on in the book.

Additionally, this book is the only one in the series that really felt like a romance to me. Sure, Whit's got a girlfriend in every book, but it's always an established, minor thing. But in The Kiss, as the title suggests, Wisty's romance with hulk-like Heath is a focal point of the plot. It's pretty obvious from the start that Heath is up to no good - Byron and Whit even try to warn Wisty - but like a typical girl, she ignores the warnings of her family and friends, going for the guy instead. This, of course, throws a huge wedge between Whit and Wisty, who have been so totally in-sync until now.

As if that's not enough to deal with, Bloom (the leader of the New Council) gets a little power crazy and decides to impose restrictions upon witches and wizards, but is very secretive about his actual plans. Whit and Wisty don't realize how dire the situation is until they see the "ghetto" where he plans to send them. Suddenly, it seems that all that they went through in fighting The One Who Is The One was in vain.

As you can see, Whit and Wisty have their work cut out for them in this novel!

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