The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell
By Chris Colfer
“Does such a place exist where people can’t unexpectedly be helped or hurt?”
“But what the world fails to realize is that a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told”
I was hesitant to start this book series because I’m a big fan of fairy-tales, both Disney and Grimm versions. This was also intended for a younger audience but I am so glad I decided to pick it up. It was actually really good! There was something going on in every chapter, I was never bored and it was an easy and fast read (Which is perfect because I have a huge TBR list). Now for more details on to the non-spoiler part of my book talk.
Characters? I absolutely loved all the characters, they were really well developed. They kept their personalities and characteristics throughout the entire book. Sometimes authors describe a character as really smart and then when they need them to be smart the most, all of the sudden they aren’t (hope you understood what I meant, is kind of confusing) but Alex was smart all the time, consistently. I couldn’t decide who my favorite character was because it kept changing between Conner and Alex they were total opposites but they would do anything for each other (they reminded me a lot of my brother and me). Also, all the fairy tale characters were brilliant too with such creative personalities.
Setting? Chris Colfer just created another fictional world to add to my list of “Places I Wish I Could Live” right next to Hogwarts and Camp Half Blood. Only thing I would have liked is for him to have described it a little bit more, hopefully in the next books he goes into more detail.
Plot? Loved the plot, especially the way everything connected to everything. When you least expect it a little thing turns huge. However, there were times where the storyline became predictable but usually something happened right after that kept the story flowing.
Recommend? Yes. It’s an easy and fast read and very worth it. If you don’t like it, you can just move on but if you do, you found a brand new magical place to take a break from reality.
That’s all for non-spoilers! So if you don’t want to find out what happens skip right to the end ↧ ↧
Favorite Part? I had three favorite parts. First one was when the book started glowing and Alex started getting really flustered, Conner thought she was crazy, the whole bathroom scene was hilarious (Chapter 4). The second one was the ending, when we found out how everything was connected, ah-ma-zing. I had my suspicions that their dad was from the Land of Stories, my theories were that he was either the missing Prince Charming (that would have been cool) or the guy that wrote the journal (and he was!). Cherry on top: their Grandma was the Fairy Godmother. Last but not least, my third favorite part was when the Evil Queen used Alex tear for the Wishing Spell which showed she was a fairy. It was awesome because I feel like Alex is more part of Land of Stories than Conner but I still have five books to go so we’ll see.
Least Favorite Part? I think my least favorite parts were when they went to the Sleeping Beauty Kingdom and Snow White’s castle, I feel like those two things could have been a little more exciting. Also, they got away with a lot. If you think about it they stole the most important objects from Fairy Tales, I would have thought those things would be under a lot of security ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What would I change? I probably would have slowed it down a bit. There were parts were there was so much action going on I didn’t have time to appreciate everything else. I don’t really know what the castles look like or how the journey from one kingdom to another look, unless it played a part in the story. So a little more details would be nice.
Final Thoughts? Pleasantly surprised. Can’t wait to finish the next book, which I already started, hopefully the twins grow up as the story goes and they become more involved in the Fairy Tale world. Also, please more awesome sarcastic one liners from Conner!
Well that’s all for my The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell book talk. I’ve already started the Enchantress Returns so expect that review soon! Let me know if you guys have read it and what you thought or if you guys are planning on reading it!