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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
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bookshelves: adolescent, coming-of-age, fairy-tale-retelling, fantasy

The cover of this one drew me in, and then I flipped to the "about the author" page and was like, "Hey, it's the dude from Glee!" So I gave it a whirl...

I'm pretty sure Chris Colfer was around age ten when the miniseries the 10th Kingdom was on. Otherwise, I would have spent this entire review going "tsk tsk," due to the similarities. The reader is whisked along a journey with two individuals from our world (twins, rather than a father and daughter), who enter another realm via a portal (a book, rather than a mirror), wherein they find several fairy tale kingdoms based on corresponding fairy tales (both have a kingdom belonging to Red Riding Hood, Snow White, etc.). At one point, the boy in the story makes a comment about how crazy fairy tale characters are, and it reminded me in particular of this 10th Kingdom scene in which Tony lets out his exasperation on an ill-fated frog. But like I said, Colfer was likely ten when the miniseries was released, so any similarities (and once you get into the nitty-gritty of the plot, there are few) are probably coincidental or one of those I-saw-something-when-I-was-a-child-and-it-has-lingered-in-my-subconsciousness-ever-since scenarios.

Regardless of similarity, Colfer has created several unique, approachable and winning characters for the adolescent set. I sympathized with the twins and their predicament. I was genuinely curious to see what would happen to the different side characters. There were parts that were poignant, parts that were suspenseful, and parts that simply made me smile. Goldilocks kicked ass. I am now able to write a review in which I use the phrase "Goldilocks kicked ass," for which I am eternally grateful. I look forward to Colfer's next installment, and I have already lent my copy of the book to another person. If you have adolescent children, or you enjoy relaxing with an adolescent book now and then, try this one out.
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message 1: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I am now able to write a review in which I use the phrase "Goldilocks kicked ass," for which I am eternally grateful.

Hmm, you may also like Rapunzel's Revenge.


Renee Ah...Shannon Hale...I may have to check that one out. I thoroughly enjoyed her book The Goose Girl. Thanks for the tip!


message 3: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Sure! I liked this better than Goose Girl -- more humor, and more ass-kicking :)


Renee Always a good thing! :)


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