Book Title: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)
Book Author: Chris Colfer
Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble
Rating: 5 Dragon Paws
As promised, I went back to the store and bought book 2, 3, and 4. I am going to wait for book 5 (even though it is out) because I want a paperback copy, not a hard cover.
For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)
This book happens a year after the twins return back to their regular routine, though both are sad about it. They don’t like not seeing grandma, doing homework, and are sad that they may have lost their connection to the land of stories. That, of course, changes when their mother gets kidnapped. If you haven’t read this novel, stop reading this review right now because it may have spoilers.
This novel was less predictable, maybe because I was liking the twins and wasn’t looking for predictability. The cover made me wonder about Froggy because I thought he returned back to a man, and bam, he was a frog again due to the seriousness of evil. It was also nice to see their mother move on and I do say, Bob, certainly was a good man… especially since he escaped to the Land of Stories to find the love of his life and her children. I guess, the most shocking thing that happened was the separation of the twins at the end and the portal closing, though it was needed. Considering that there are more books after book 2, the twins will be reunited and I am curious to see how Chris brought them back together.
What I also like about this series is that the twins grow up, they don’t stay the same age so we get to follow their adventures. It’s good for kids to grow up with characters who grow up with them. I also liked the changes in Conner. Chris made him grow up a little and not just in his height. It was nice to see his writing being phrased and that though Alex gets the magic, he gets the storytelling gift. It was perfect.
Stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series.
OH! I almost forgot. We got a glimpse into the tree that the twins’ father told them about. That was nice.
Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.
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