I chose Land of Stories, The Wishing Spell, written by Chris Colfer because I really like books about magic, action, and adventure. Land of Stories, The Wishing Spell is a fiction novel about a brother and a sister named Alex and Conner. They find their dad’s old story book, and they find a world of fairytale lands and trouble.
In this story Alex and Conner are on a quest to find their way back home to the real world. They have to collect multiple fairytale items, such as Cinderella’s glass slipper and a lock of Rapunzel’s hair. Once they have all the items, and have brought them all together, they will have access to the Wishing Spell. This spell will enable them to go back home. At first they think it is amazing to be in a world based on fairy tales and folk tales, but soon find out that it is a vicious and merciless world, and is not a place for children.
My favorite character in this story was Conner, (Alex’s brother) because no matter what situation they are in he always has a wise-crack. He is a really funny character. He is always really nice and always confident, and has a little attitude. He stands up to the bad guys and people who don’t want them in the land of the Four Kingdoms. I would really want to meet Conner because we both like jokes and playing around. He would be a good friend and companion. We could do a lot of things together if he were real, like hang out, or play video games. He just seems like a great guy.
I really like this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and action all packed into one. Also, there are other books after this one in the series, so if you like it, more to read! This book is similar to “A Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw”, which is also very funny, not too serious, but not too playful. They both have fairytale characters in them and they both have a quest to find things and solve mysteries.
I think the main theme of this book is “there’s no place like home.” Conner and Alex figure this out only at the end, but realize they felt it the whole time. No matter where you are, or how wonderful it seems, eventually, you will find there is no place like home! ☎︎