Jump into a land of all the stories you grew up with. This is exactly what you do when you read The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. He literally transports you to a world of fairy tales and magic and you’ll never want to leave.
Twelve-year-old twins, Connor and Alex, are losing everything they’ve ever loved. Their dad died, they’ve had to move out from their now foreclosed home, and their mother now has to work extra-long shifts at the hospital. It feels like their worlds are falling apart. So, when their never-around grandmother gifts them a fairytale book from their past, it’s truly something special because it’s the one thing that connects them to their old life. They just don’t realise how much.
Upon receiving the gift, they find that the fairytale book is no ordinary book. It’s a portal into the fairytale world itself and Alex and Connor get sucked in! When they land in the midst of a fairytale forest, they are confused and frightened and know they have to find a way back to their own world. So, they embark on a quest to find the rare items that will activate a wishing spell, the only thing that can take them to another world.
Alex is young, but she is incredibly intelligent. She loves to read and learn. She is the top of her school class and absolutely adores the fairytale world when they fall into it. Despite being away from her home, she attempts to enjoy her adventures in the Land of Stories book and learns to live life to the fullest.
Connor has always been the exact opposite of Alex. He’s always been the adventurous, reckless one that doesn’t pay attention in class. He doesn’t seem quite as intelligent as Alex is, but things seem to turn around when they enter the fairytale world. While Alex is becoming adventurous and risky, Connor turns out to be the sensible one and is always trying to get Alex to make practical choices.
Besides the twins, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell introduces you to just about every fairytale character you’ve ever encountered. You get to see chunks and pieces of what their lives were like after their story endings. They’re all very unique characters and they help you fall in love with the fairytale world all over again, just like when you were a child.
I fell in love with this book from the very first sentence. I’ve always been a romantic at heart and that’s the biggest reason why I love fairytales. Chris Colfer has literally transported you to a whole new world through this book and he depicts it to a T. It’s a gorgeous story from beginning to end as you follow Connor and Alex through their adventures in a world they’ve never explored before.
Even though this book is based in a world that is anything but real, it all feels real. Chris has connected you with this world in a way that I’ve seen few authors be able to. It’s a whirlwind experience reading this book and no matter how old you are, I don’t think you’d regret picking it up. From the sounds of it, it seems like a simplistic child’s book, but I’d truly recommend it to young adults and maybe even adults as well. It has a lot of twists and turns and doesn’t have a majorly simplistic plot. I suggest that anyone read this beautiful hidden gem. I give The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell 5 out of 5 stars.