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The Enchantress Returns

(The Land of Stories #2)

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After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into
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Hardcover, 517 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Bookworm007
HOLY MOLY I CAN'T EVEN EXPRESS MY EXCITMENT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE COVER LOOKS aMAZing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT AUGUST ????? DO THESE PEOPLE HONESTLY THINK I CAN SURVIVE THAT LONG???????!!!!!!#@*^$


edit on Oct 11, 2013

Either my reading improved, or Chris Colfer's writing deteriorated, cuz this time I actually noticed his writing style. It was very.....childish.....or rather, I suppose it was because the targeted audience is younger than myself that I felt that some sentences
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Josie
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Arrrgh these books frustrate me. The story is really fantastic. The characters are fun and interesting for the most part. Red is hilarious. But the wink wink, nudge nudge quality to the writing makes me crazy. Colfer definitely has a talent for storytelling, but it is so very obvious that he knows this. The entire time reading these books I got the distinct impression that there is a LOT of self flagalting going on. It isn't enough to write a great little bit of dialouge, there has to be a "see ...more
Amanda
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-shelf, fairytale, own
AHHH WHYYY. this book was amazing but the ending was truly the stand out... and i think there will be a third one (maybe, hopefully, or else). the real strength in this series is Colfer's ability to create sympathy. his characters although they may be well known, are given back-stories that change how you see both their fairytale and their character, he adds detail to the fairytale world creating shades of grey between the good and evil that characterizes them. Colfer's use of humor was ...more
Brad Sells
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh gosh, that was fantastic. Even better than book one. This series has so many incredible elements of fairytales that makes me fall in love with this series harder and harder with each book. So, so, so amazing.

Look for my full review soon!
The Enchanted Library
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was so beautiful

Give me the third book RIGHT NOW
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Nariman
My 10 years old son is obsessed with this series, and he practically forced me to listen to this book with him - even though he could read it by himself , and we barely had spare time to listen together without interruption - because he enjoys ( a little too much ) discussing every small detail to death with someone who knows what's going on in the story , and it happened that I just finished the first book when he decided to begin the second , and i am very glad that he forced me , I enjoyed ...more
Margaret
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Easily the biggest Middle Reader dud of 2013. True, this book has enjoyed popular success on the NYT Children's list, in part thanks to the author's acting fan following that helped build the fan base for his first TLOS installment. I enjoy Colfer's acting, including his self-penned film debut. But I'm not reviewing Colfer the actor, I'm reviewing Colfer the writer. Given the target audience / genre and other truly good intermediate titles out there, this book suffers from cliche character ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I hate to say it but.... dnf.

I've been reading this sucker for over a week and am only halfway. The beginning was good but I'm not enjoying it anymore.
Cecilia
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2016-read
I was crying at the end of this book - so good was it!
Alice
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who liked the wishing spell
Recommended to Alice by: The Wishing Spell
Ok, so I read this book a LONG time ago, and I am only now getting around to reviewing it, so I apologise for vagueness.
Firstly, I need to say that I am madly in love with Chris Colfer, so anything he does in my opinion is going to be amazing. The Wishing Spell was fantastic, and I was more than excited to read The Enchantress Returns.
This book was incredible. It was amazingly written, well thought out and developed, and it had great character development. It also worked really well as a sequel;
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Maud
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequel
2.5 stars, I had so many issues with this book. Watch my review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyzRN...

The beginning of this book was slow in boring. The plot felt like it was just a recycled version of the first book (they need to collect 6 items to complete a spell... doesn't that sound familiar to you?!).
The evil characters tell you right away why they are evil, there is no mystery to them at all. The female characters were horrible.
Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty... I could
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sophie b
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it just as much as the first time I read it ...more
Devon Flaherty
Sep 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Devon by: my daughter
The Land of Stories series, by Chris Colfer, published from 2012-2015 by Little Brown. The series consists of four books so far, and Colfer says the series will end with the fifth book, assumed to be published in 2016. I read the series because my daughter–and just about every other kid her age–is in to the series, and there was no way she was waiting until next year to read the first four.

The series is:

The Wishing Spell
The Enchantress Returns
A Grimm Warning
Beyond the Kingdoms
An
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explorerofbooks
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this sequel as an audiobook, because it makes Colfer’s passion is all the more obvious. Unfortunately, Scribdr didn’t have it available. Nonetheless, as a physical book, it was still captivating, much more than The Wishing Spell.

A year has passed by since Alex and Connor went to the Land of Stories. The twins have difficulty dealing with this, and as if that wasn’t enough, their mother is dating again. The evening her new partner wants to ask her to marry him, Charlotte Bailey
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Karen
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
While it is helpful to have read the first book in the series, The Wishing Spell, the book does a good job of summarizing how 13-year-old twins Alex (a girl) and Connor (a boy) first discovered that their deceased father came from the fairy tale world and that their grandmother is in fact the Fairy Godmother. While they ended up in The Land of Stories by accident last time, in this tale they actively seek a portal to the other world to rescue their mother, who has been kidnapped by an ...more
HazelK_E2
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A theme presented in this book is to follow your heart. When one of the main characters, Alex, has to decide whether she wants to go back to her childhood home with her family, or stay with her grandmother in her new home, Alex is reminded to follow her heart. Alex says this when deciding where to stay, "I wonder, though, if home sometimes isn't where you're from." Alex's mom later reassures her after making Alex announced her decision, "I'm saying, I'm not going to let you leave the place where ...more
Davidv42
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was one of the best books ever!!!!
Zach
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!!! It is action packed and the writing is so entertaining. I would definetely recommend this to everyone.
Zachary Flye
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Real Rating: 4.5 stars

Originally posted on my blog, Zach's YA Reivews (zachsyareviews.com)

Review:

Protagonists: Alex and Connor Bailey haven't been back to the Land of Stories in nearly a year, and when they get back things aren't quite as they had left them. One of the things I was hoping to get out of this installment was some serious character development in our two protagonist and while we do get that, it happens a lot less gradually than I would have liked. Maybe I missed the subtle hints,
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Connie Tang
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
His writing has definitely tightened considerably since the first novel of this series. The plot arc was way better, and he's learned from his first in such that you don't build up impossible dilemmas and dangers only to have them be saved by luck.

The twins in this story had more agency, and did more things. Helped themselves out more - as opposed to having all these other characters help them. The grandmother is very well-written, in voice, character and personality. She has flaws, but ones
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Jordan
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Chris Colfer wrote yet another surprising book that I enjoyed. His first one took us into a land where we got to read about our favorite childhood characters and find out what happened to them after their happily ever after. We got to go on an adventure with two unlikely hero's and travel around trying to save the whole world from an evil queen.

A year later; Alex and Connor Bailey spent the past year since their last adventure living their lives as normal as can be. On a day when everything
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Yardéna Lucretia
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Makes you feel like a little kid again! I was already a big fan of Chris Colfer on Glee, I was a big fan of him with his first Land of Stories Book but again he knows how to amaze me. I'm an adult and even I fell in love with the story!

So if you want a nice read, full of adventure that makes you want to be a kid again, read the Land of Stories novels!
Sarah Swann
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So cute! I just love how creative these books are. Great little twists on fairy tale characters and I laughed out loud a few times. Good series!
Evelynne
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns is the second in Chris Colfer's children's book series. However, it's not nearly as enjoyable as the first one. The setting and characters are still enchanting, but the plotline seems a little repetitious. Once again our hero twins set off on a quest to gather magical objects that will allow them to cast magic to defeat the evil Enchantress. Additionally, this book suffers from too much of a tendency to show rather than tell; too many stretches where ...more
☆☆Hannah☆☆
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall I still like this series. There were some things I didn't like. I don't understand why these have to be so long. I also wasn't a fan of the all of a sudden relationship that the mother had with Bob. Didn't really buy into it. The ending was okay I just hope Alex made the right choice.
Michael
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex and Connor are only teenagers but has seen enough for their age. After living in a fairytale land for quite some time, they believe that anything is possible. Some time has passed since they have lived in the Land of stories book, yet that does stop Alex from reminiscing about the good times they shared. Alex on the other hand has put all the magic and land of stories behind him, looking forward to live his own reality.Connor education has improved over the past year or so, not earning the ...more
Lori
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I'm really surprised at all the 5 star ratings. I suppose I should say that I am an adult who read this with/for a child. So this is from my point of view, not a child's. Kids will provably like this book.... However, even my 10 year old didn't want to finish it.

The first book was good. This one... terrible. We started this a year ago (my daughter and I read together out loud). We had to stop. It is so long and drawn out with unnecessary dialogue, and completely boring plot twists. The chapters
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Shandra
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

I'm so disappointed in this book, it's not even funny. I was soooooo into the first book in this series. It had a couple of flaws, but nothing that ruined the story for me. This one, however, was ridiculous. It read like I was 6 years old. The writing was dumbed down. It spelled out things that the reader should've been left to deduce themselves. After that, I'm not sure I'm going to be continuing the series.
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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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Other books in the series

The Land of Stories (6 books)
  • The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
  • A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)
  • Beyond the Kingdoms (The Land of Stories, #4)
  • An Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5)
  • Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories, #6)
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