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 wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale
characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of
encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back
home is going to be harder than they thought. (summary and image from goodreads.com)
My Review: I received this book for Christmas, as everyone knows I'm a sucker for
fairy tales. I always love to see how other people view different fairy
tales, and their own personal spin on how they see a particular story,
and this one is no exception.
What I enjoyed about this book was it drops our twin heroes into the
fairy tale world after the stories that they (and all of us) are
familiar with, the -after- the happily ever after. Jack from beanstalk
glory, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, all of them are grown up and have
new problems of their own; Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White are all
queens and have gone on with their lives in this world, and it's fun how
Colfer has woven different fairy tale characters into interaction with
each other, and giving insight into what he believes are motives and
reasons for their actions. I particularly liked his take on the 'evil'
characters, and whether or not they are truly evil (I'm always a sucker
for grey characters too, and seeing all sides of a story is a great theme).
The twin characters of Connor and Alex are fun,
giving us someone to relate to as we're thrust into this fairy tale land
with them (Alex the more fairy tale loving one, Connor the smart alec
who just wants to get home). The quest they embark on to get home is
unique and fun, letting us get to know who they are as characters along
with other fairy tale themes as they travel.
The writing itself is a tad bit juvenile, nothing blatant, however, just
things I see as a writer that rub me a little wrong. But the
characters are fun, the world exciting. This is a perfect book for
anyone who loves fairy tales, and is the first in a series of which I'm
enjoying working my way through.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
For the sensitive reader: The characters get put through the ringer, emotionally and physically, but it's dealt with in a playful way, so it's never too scary or intense.