Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Wishing Spell Review

438 pages

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.

I love books based on fairytales and I have to admit finding out that "Kurt" from Glee wrote this novel made it more intriguing to me. This was a pretty entertaining novel although a bit more juvenile than I usually enjoy. The twists on classic fairytales were really different and amusing at times. Despite Alex and Conner being twins, they are different as night and day. Alex is a hard worker, practically an overachiever and she loves school. Conner is a bit of a slacker and a jokester and has no interest in school. Both twins have a love of fairytales, having being told them by their grandmother for years. When they're suddenly thrust into the world they've heard stories about, the twins learn that their favorite fairytales have more to them than they thought. I loved the different ways in which the twins approached exploring this world and the characters they met along the way were intriguing as well. This world is fascinating although the writing left a bit to be desired at times. I'm interested to see what may come next for the twins in the next novel. I would recommend this novel to those who like fairytales.


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