Book Title: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)
Book Author: Chris Colfer
Source: Bought at a recycle bookstore
Rating: 5 Dragon Paws
What can I say? I bought the book because of the cover and because I love fairy tales. The name ‘Chris Colfer’ didn’t tell me anything until I bought it, brought it home, and looked at the back cover where there’s his photo present. I laughed to myself because I have watched him grow as an actor on the show ‘Glee,’ watched his movie ‘Struck by Lightning,’ and now I have read his first novel in the middle-grade genre series. Guess, one keeps returning to his work.
I have to confess that I have stopped watching Glee, mainly because I believe the story line became boring and I grew out of it.
The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell) was a great read and it was nice to read something for middle school kids that interested me, too. I really like Alex and Connor ‘Wishington.’ Froggy was entertaining and pretty obvious on who he truly was… for adults anyway. Can’t talk for the kids. I’ve also read stories where they told the story of the Evil Queen and they did have a romantic side to her, though I really liked Chris’s twist about the mirror. It would have been nice to get to know the fairies and have one more chapter, but there are more books and I expect we will see a lot more of them.
If I say anything more, I would give away a lot. It is nicely written, good flow, and entertaining. It did take a while for me to get into and it was a lot easier when magic was happening and the kids met Froggy.
I am looking forward to buying the other books in the series and I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers.