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The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1)

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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
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Actor, Golden Globe winner, 2-time Emmy nominee, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, singer, screen writer, producer ... and now author? And all of that at just 22 years old? I understand how some people might be a bit skeptical in regards to Chris Colfer's actual writing talents, but the truth is - the guy just seems to be a natural-born storyteller, and it doesn't matter which medium he uses for it.

His first novel, "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell", is the f
In Which I Drink Haterade and Review The Wishing Spell...

I'm not getting my hate on just to hate. I'm getting my hate on because this book was the most painful reading experience I have ever had. I didn't think a book could irritate me so much that it would result in a terrible weight in my chest, but it did. It did.

Colfer's prose is cliche and redundant from the first page. His sentences are short and simplistic with no signs of imagery or depth. Instead of showing emotion and action, Colfer op
Johara Almogbel
I picked this book up at the airport because I was trying to convince my ten year old brother to start reading more imaginative stories and less... Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

I figured I'd read it first and see what it was like. Then I found out the author was this dude on glee, apparently, and I admit my enthusiasm kind of dipped. And, good thing it did, because this book was very... I don't know. The plot and the fairytale world was good enough, but the whole story was quite bland. Not to mention th
I can see why many wonder about it being another celebrity using a ghost writer but Chris Colfer has been into writting for far longer than you think. While not professionally, and it's fun because he didn't do professional acting before Glee and a short movie and ressulted excelent on it, he's done work adapting musicals and being on the writers club at his school. While that is cute and all, there's then that he's done the scriptwritting for Struck By Lightning, a movie which he stars and prod ...more
So, was that ending exactly like the Narnia ending or what?

A part of me thinks I would've enjoyed the book more if I was a bit younger. The other part of me is saying "uhm Therese you read a lot of children books, and you don't have any problems with them." So who knows? Maybe I would've liked it more if I was 10. Maybe not.

The good parts:
* There were some really good and funny quotes.

The bad parts:
* The teacher at the start made me really, really angry. She was just extremely pretentious, and w
Writing felt annoyingly clunky, and not in a juvenile way (though I did think the writing explained EVERY LITTLE THING. I am not stupid here!)--in a messy way. I listened to the audiobook, and I am surprised Chris Colfer didn't feel the urge to clean his weird sentences. The dialogue felt too rigid, and all those he said, she saids annoyed me (maybe more because it was an audiobook, complete with voice actors?) I have a feeling Colfer made Alex and Connor twins just so he could refer to them as ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Emelie marked it as to-read
I admit it, my main reason for even looking at this book is curosity - this is a book by Chris Colfer, after all, he who plays the amazing Kurt in Glee.

So I might not be a hardcore Glee-fan, I've actually only seen one episode - although I liked that one - and I don't want to pick up on the series. But that's not all, no. This book actually sounds awesome. And I dig Chris Colfer - he's pretty cool :D Yes. I want to read this one. Hope it's awesome! :D
The synopsis of this book showed such a fun, interesting idea, and the artwork is done by one of my favorite book artists. I began reading it to see if my daughter would enjoy it, because she gets easily bored with books. I'll not be recommending it to her. Too bad the artist can't write, too. This is obviously a first time writer, and I wonder if he was published so quickly and easily because he's on TV. I dunno. There was too much going on without much consequence. It was supposedly a dangerou ...more
The main reason I am writing this review here is because I am tired of hearing only positive things about this book. I find it misleading and I know that there are many other better written stories for our readers. Chris Colfer is an actor on the television show Glee, and this book reads like a long drawn out screenplay. Descriptions are either nonexistent or so basic that my students could paint a far better image. When describing a cavalcade of knights arriving in front the twins, Colfer descr ...more
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"Fairy tales are life lessons disguised with colourful characters and situations," preaches Mrs Peters to her class of apathetic pre-teens, among them our twin protagonists, swotty Alex and snoozy layabout Conner.

After this valiant bit of Aesopian moralising, Peters goes on to bemoan the loss of the original Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm tales in favour of Disneyfied bastardisations and the competing charms of computer
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places.

Alex and Conner are doing their best to get by. Having recently lost their father to an accident, the twins live with their overworked mother in a small rental home and rely on one another for comfort. Alex is an overachiever, the teacher’s pet and the logical one of the two, whereas Conner is the comedian, and the more impulsive twin. Both children hold memories of their father close and look upon his stories when they need comfort. On their twelfth
I wanted to read this book and like it, but I just couldn't finish it. I barely got to the start of Alex's and Conner's adventure, but there were so many things that annoyed me in this book.
The way the book talked about fairy tales made me want to grind my teeth. The emphasis on "all fairy tales have a moral and there is only one correct interpretation" really was what made me give up on this book. It indicates a real lack of research or general knowledge about either fairy tales or literary an
Initial Excitement:

I freaking love Chris Colfer, so excited for this!

My Review:

The Land of Stories was a delightful tale for anyone who ever enjoyed any fairy tale whatsoever. Even when our favorite tales ended, they were still continuing in this world. For example, Cinderella is pregnant and the Evil Queen is in Snow White's dungeon. Alex and Conner were realistic children who had to track down some impossible items, and reading about their journey was really fun.

First off, this book is gorgeou
“It doesn’t matter how greatly you’ve been hurt or how much you’re hurting, it’s what you do with the pain that counts. You could cry for years, and rightfully so, or you could choose to learn and grow from it. Take it from me: I spent years hiding in a hole, afraid to come out because of what people would think of me. But one day I decided to leave, and I ended up saving lives!”

"The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell" is the most incredible book I've read since "The Never-ending Story", and tha
If I had only one word for this book it would be "boring." There are problems with this book at every level. I bought it because I like Chris Colfer and was interested to see what he wrote like. He sings way better than he writes.
However, all the problems I have with this book are age-related. He writes like a teenager. His diction is painful, problems are CONSTANTLY being solved through happy coincidences, the tension is poorly handled (basically non-existent), there are italics and ellipses ev
George Kulz
First of all, a disclaimer. I was not a Chris Colfer fan. This doesn't mean that I didn't like him, or anything like that. I just didn't know much about his career other than the fact he's an actor from the TV show Glee. I never really watch the show. Just not interested. So I feel I'm in a unique position to review this book without that bias.

Note above: I said I WAS NOT a Chris Colfer fan. I now AM.

I have tried to keep this review spoiler free for those who want to read the review but not find
Heather Koehler
Before I review this book, I must tell you that the author, Chris Colfer, is one of my favorite actors, but as I read this book I put that out of my mind to judge him as a novelist only. I have attempted to review this book as fairly and impartially as I do all the novels I read.

There is no question that this story is entertaining. The number of times I laughed out loud, teared up, and let my imagination run wild with theories cannot be counted. Colfer is, as he’s said in his own words, a consum
Wandering Librarians
The biggest draw for most people about this book is probably the fact that it was written by one of the actors from the show Glee. You might remember from my post about Chris Colfer that he didn't want his first book to be a biography, he wanted it to be about a story he'd grown up telling himself. I think this is admirable.

Chris Colfer takes a lot of the classics and gives them a tweak. He gives Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Goldilocks, continued
Jennifer Macdonald
I can't believe that they have a page for this book. it's not coming out till next year. when it comes out I'm so buying this book. It's great that Chris Colfer is expanding his horizion with Glee, making a movie, making a pilot for Disney and writing 2 books. My bb is going far
Brett Axel
What if C S Lewis, instead of honing his writing skills, watched lots of Shrek and Hoodwinked movies? I think you would end up with a book with Amazing potential that falls well short of the mark, which is exactly what The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is.

I could not read beyond, "She had a huge, caring heart and loved her kids more than anything else in the world." on page 36. It wasn't the first time I almost put it down for its poor editing. I almost did a few pages earlier then the read
A few days ago, I read The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. Now, I absolutely love Chris, so obviously I was excited to read his book - I even stayed up until midnight on the day of its release so I can start reading it on my Nook. After reading the first couple of chapters, I was sucked into the story of Alex and Conner Bailey and found it difficult to stop reading.

While it's about 500 pages long, The Land of Stories is ultimately a children's book, so it is a little predictable and not as comp
I received this book as an ARC and, as a children's librarian, was excited to read it. It seems that fairy tales are coming back into style, so I was a little skeptical that this one could be original. While the premise is basic (two children fall into a book, where all the fairy tale creatures live), the book itself was well-written and exciting.

Children will be introduced to all the characters they know and love, while relating to two protagonists that are very real. The two twins, Alex and Co
First, a little bit of backstory: I am a recovered Chris Colfer fangirl.

By "recovered," I don't mean, "I finally saw through his façade and discovered that he was a talentless hack," I mean, "I still revere and respect him greatly, but I have a life now."

To be completely honest, I wasn't expecting much out of this book. I knew Chris was very talented, but he is only 22, and first novels - especially at such a young age - are not usually all that great. This book did surpass my expectations, bu

The Land of Stories revolves around two twins obsessed with fairy tales. There’s brainy Alex who loves to learn, and the Bart to her Lisa, her brother Conner. Conner is one of the few likeable characters, with a great sense of humor. This is slightly ruined when Colfer makes sure to tell us Conner is funny without meaning to be. When things in their life are at their lowest (their father recently died and their birthday looks like it will b
Being a fan of Glee and generally supportive of all the cast (and being a huge fan of children's fantasy novels) I decided to read this book.

I found the writing to be of extremely poor quality for several reasons.

1) The sentences were far too simplistic, even for a children's book
For example he uses "Connor said" or "Alex said" every single time they speak.

2) As someone else mentioned, Colfer simply tells the reader what is happening rather than showing us, as the writing completely lacks imagi
Rachel Sharpe

I really tried to like this book. I just couldn't do it. The dialogue and narrative is stilted, and the descriptions are just weird sometimes. (I'm still trying to figure out how metal chains "rustle".) Despite all this, I might have liked the book if the characters were even remotely likable or realistic. They weren't. Every character was so fake. I couldn't make it past chapter three.

I tried. I really did, but this book just had too many fundamental problems.
Alex and Conor are two twins who couldn't be more different. Alex is a smart and bookish girl and Conor slacks off and frequently takes naps at school. The Bailey family has been having financial difficulties ever since the twins' father was killed in an accident. Alex and Conor's grandmother gives them a book of fairy tales called The Land of Stories, which begins to mysteriously glow. Alex and Conor end up falling through the book into the very land which it describes!

I enjoyed the plot of thi
Gregory Baird
"Courage is one thing that no one can ever take away from you."

First off, I should probably admit that I'm a bit of a Gleek--even though I readily admit that Glee is something of rollercoaster in terms of quality--and Kurt Hummel is my favorite character. So I'm a Chris Colfer fan, and when I met him at BEA I kind of had a fanboy meltdown inside. True story, if one that I'm not necessarily proud of.

One thing I've always noticed in interviews is that Colfer seems to be a very intelligent, well-sp
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fresh take on some of my favorite fairy tales. Alex and Connor were both relatable and interesting characters. However, I do think you can tell this was Colfer's first book. The dialog can be a bit stilted at times and the situations can be a bit contrived. For me, the good far outweighed the bad. I look forward to read more from Chris Colfer in the future.
I really like this book because there is a lot of detail and it does not get boring. The adventures keep coming. I think if you like fairy tales you will like this book. I think it is cool when the twins go to Cinderella's castle who actually gets to hold her glass slippers.
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Chris Colfer is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor best-known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the FOX television series "Glee".

He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the "Land of Stories" series ("The Wishing Spell", "The Enchantress Returns" and "A Grimm Warning") as well as "Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal"
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Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories, #2) A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3) Untitled (The Land of Stories, #4) The Curvy Tree (The Land of Stories Companion)

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