Monday, July 8, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Land of Stories The Wishing Spell

Lauren picked this book based on a friend recommendation. She blasted through it. She wanted to read more than hang with her friends at the pool (this is a HUGE deal).  And then when I would pull her away and ask her about the story, she would talk my ear off about the characters and plot. This book is the first in a series, read her review below.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
published July 2012

Other books in this series:
The Enchantress Returns (#2) Aug 2013

The Hook: A brother and sister that are twins fall into their Grandmother's book. To get out, they must go on the most dangerous scavenger hunt (ever) to create The Wishing spell. But the Wishing Spell can only happen twice and has already happened once, and the Wicked Queen will do anything to stop them.

Why Lauren loved this book: I love the book because first off, I LOVE twisted fairytales. I also liked how Chris Colfer mixed up characters from classic fairy tales. One of my favorite characters is Goldilocks because she is a wanted fugitive. I liked Alex, the girl twin, because she loves to read and believes in fairy tales.

This is a fun adventure that both boys and girls will like. It is a great book for reluctant readers. This book is great for anyone 8 - 12 yr old...or older.

Want More? Check out Chris Colfer's website.


  1. Thanks for the review, Lauren. This sounds good with lots of high stakes. And I love the mixing in of fairytale characters.

  2. I love your review, Lauren! Have you read "Half Upon a Time" by James Riley? I'm reading it now and it's also full of fairy tale characters

    1. Cindy,
      Lore LOVED the Half Upon a Time series. The third book just came out I think. Twisted fairytales are the best. I'm actually reading IN A GLASS GRIMMLY right now. I cannot express how much I love this book...soo good.