Title- The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories #1)
Author- Chris Colfer.
Publish date- 2012
Publisher- Little Brown.
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.
What I thought:
Oh, I very much enjoyed this fairytale adventure! I had been wanting to read it for months, but I never made time and now that I've finally read it... I'm so glad.
In The Wishing Spell, the two protagonists are sent into the "Land of Stories", a world where tales from the Brothers Grimm and Anderson alike come to life.
I enjoyed reading the new take that Colfer gave on characters like Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, and Red Riding Hood- taking the original work, not the picture-esq adaptions (which Alex, a dual protagonist, is riled by) and following them after the story we know has ended, focusing on the nature of the characters themselves and showing emotions, giving ideas that I, for one, hasn't ever really considered.
It gave me a new perspective on multiple characters, Goldilocks being the main (I also appreciated how there was a new depth given to Sleeping Beauty, possibly my favourite character in any fairytale world, talking about what changes she has to deal with, how she manages to do that). I really enjoyed how original the ideas for these well known characters were, especially because of their fame and how well read their stories already are.
The plot did feel a little predictable, though I was glad when we were nearing the end and a few things were revealed that I hadn't anticipated. It was told in a fairly "chapter by chapter, acomplish one of a set number of tasks in that time" way, which reminded me of a recent read, but this time it worked well for me.
Rating: Ooh, very good.
I never felt as if this was a phenomonal book, and while I liked the new ideas I wasn't all that surprised by the twists and turns taken, yet I really did enjoy this, and I found myself getting really excited for the end, as things became high-tense. It failed to change my opinion of Snow White, who is my least favourite fairytale character, but I think that might be too much to ask.
I would definitely recommend, will be re-reading, and look forward to the sequel.