Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

(The Land Of Stories: Book One)


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.


My Review

Alex and Connor are two ordinary kids pulled into an extraordinary world in this first novel of The Land Of Stories Series. A world where fairy tales don't always end happily ever after and danger waits around every turn in the road.

The Wishing Spell is a delightful story full of adventure and excitement. Within its pages you'll find many of the fairy tale characters you know and love. But this story is set long after beautiful princesses have married their charming princes and gives a look into life after the fairy tale ending.

In this story, Alex and Connor are searching for the special items needed to perform a wishing spell, which will grant whoever casts it their heart's greatest desire, which may be their only way to return to their own world. But someone else seeks the spell as well.

The Evil Queen has escaped from Snow White's prison and she too wishes to have her heart's desire. To aid her she'll enlist the help of a few familiar bad guys from the storybook world. Can Alex and Connor get to the spell items first, or will they be forever trapped in The Land Of Stories?

I really enjoyed this book, though there were times when things came a little easier to the siblings then I would have liked. The characters were interesting and fully fleshed out and there were a few nice twists on certain fairy tale stories. My favorite character was the grown up version of Goldilocks. I could read a whole book centered on her character alone. I also liked the back story of the Evil Queen, which made her into less of a random evil and more of an actual person with reasons for her actions, even if those reasons don't justify the terrible things she does.

This is a highly enjoyable book I would happily recommend to any fan of fairy tales retellings. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.


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