My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: July 17th, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Magic
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
“The Land of Stories” tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
Who ever said an actor cannot be an author? No one ever, because it’s not true at all.
Well this was such a lovely surprise. The world that Chris Colfer introduces us to is filled with magic, charming creatures and familiar names of princesses, princes, fairytale heroes and heroines.
Although I’m one of those readers who can read anything from children’s books to mature adult books, it doesn’t mean I like everything I stumble across. For my middle grade reads, I look for 1. creativity, 2. enchanting and 3. deep.
‘‘The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell’’ has a lot to offer: an enthralling adventure, relatable heroes, a scavenger hunt like never before seen, lots of encounters with our favourite fairytale characters and, most of all, the type of storyline that offers something new with every new chapter.
Granted, Alex and Conner do find most of their objects in a relatively easy manner and short amount of time; they’re offered help everywhere they go. But isn’t a fairytale world supposed to be good and better than our own? Where kindness is not questioned and unceremoniously reciprocated?
I enjoyed every second of my time with this book. I’m going to have to say that the beginning is not as great as what follows the eighty first pages, and that is because we are still in the human world before that, but once Alex and Conner reach the Land of Stories, it’s good time after good time after good time.
To all of those who haven’t read this yet, y’all are some lucky fellows to be able to experience this story for the first time.
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