July 26th, 2012 by Karen
Have you ever wanted to fall into the world of your favorite book — explore its streets and meet its inhabitants? Well, that’s exactly what happens in the new book The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.
If that author’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s not because you’ve read other books of his (this is his first). It’s because you’ve seen him on Glee, playing Kurt Hummel! So, how did this actor do as an author? Not bad, I’d say!
One of Colfer’s favorite series is The Chronicles of Narnia, and you can see how it influenced his own book. But The Land of Stories is no Narnia — Colfer can really belt it out on Glee, but I don’t think he quite as successfully breathes life into his characters and setting; they lack the spark and dimension that make you fall in love with the people and places in your favorite books.
Also, the writing seems sort of heavy and dull sometimes, like it’s just moving along the story. Then again, it’s a pretty awesome story! One day, twins Alex and Conner literally drop into a book of fairy tales, and they find themselves in the actual world where all the stories take place. But this is the land after “Ever After” — Cinderella is pregnant, Sleeping Beauty has been awake and ruling her kingdom for years, Goldilocks is an outlaw, and Snow White has imprisoned her evil stepmother.
Sounds like a fascinating place to explore — and Alex sure would like to stay a while and do just that, but soon it becomes clear that this world has its dangers and the twins need to focus on getting home. Apparently, there’s only one way to do that, and it’s going to be a challenge! (Hint: It involves the “wishing spell” of the book’s title.) Can Conner and Alex conquer their quest and return to their family, or will they be stuck in this story world forever?
If you want to know what happens, I definitely recommend that you read The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. You won’t enter a wholly original world like Narnia, Hogwarts, Oz, etc. but it’s a fun read that constantly keeps you wondering what’s up next!
Have YOU already read the book? Please leave a comment with your thoughts or submit a review! Am I being too harsh on Colfer because he’s a celeb, or do you agree with my complaints? I’m dying to hear what you guys think!