Title: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories
Date Started: May 8
Date Finished: May 9
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
The Wishing Spell was actually recommended to me by a group of kids at work. They know how much I love reading and how much I love reading twists on fairy tales. They’ve been nagging me for weeks to read it and I finally got it through my library’s co-op. They were so excited. Me? Hm…well, it’s a kids book. And normally I don’t have problems with children’s literature – goodness knows I’ve read my fair share over the years. But being 25 and reading children’s literature…it’s a different story. For one thing, while reading The Wishing Spell I noticed how clunky some of the sentences were. How obvious certain plot points were going to be – although the one about the missing prince wasn’t one I saw coming.
That being said though, I did like it. Maybe not as much if I had read this fifteen years ago, but still I was entertained all the same. Even though there were a lot of fairy tale characters introduced to you at once it wasn’t hard to keep them straight. Each one was relatively well fleshed out considering this was only book one of a series and the twins didn’t interact with them for more than two chapters. The twins themselves were actually very well written. Alex is the brains of the operation who has been hit really hard by her father’s death. Conner is the comedic relief and also the annoying brother. I’m very curious to see where the next book takes them and how they end up back in The Land of Stories.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. A nice solid start to a book series about fairy tales. I have to admit while somethings came to easily for the twins on their journey, there was one plot twist I hadn’t seen coming. Curious to see where the twins go on their next adventure.
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