Guest Review by Iona McGraw: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Well, I’m here again. This time, I’m reviewing the first book of one of my favourite series ever. I must have read these books over ten times and I am desperately waiting for the next one to come out. The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell is an amazing book written by bestselling author and Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer. If I’m perfectly honest, the reason I read the first book was because it was written by one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite TV shows. The reason I read the second, third, fourth, side books and the other novel he wrote was because he is actually an amazing writer. He really is one of the most creative and funny writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  That’s enough of me sucking up, in the hope that he’ll follow me on Twitter! (It’s @ionagleek btw!)

The ‘Land of Stories’ series follows twins Connor and Alex Bailey after their Dad passes away. A year after it happens Alex gets a story book from their grandmother and she finds out it’s magic. After many pencils, odd socks and books being thrown through the magical portal shining through the book, Alex decides to jump in herself. Connor finds out and jumps after her. They then find themselves in the land of stories (hence the series title), a magic land where all the fairy tale characters live. After a little bit of exploring, they find that they have no way home, so they are told about The Wishing Spell. It’s a spell that requires them to retrieve a handful of objects, many of which you should recognize from stories such as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. After they get the items they can wish for anything their heart’s desire. The only problem is that the evil queen (as seen in Snow White) wants it too. It’s a race to get the objects first, paired with the struggles they face being two twelve year olds stuck in an unfamiliar world

This book is amazing. It takes the characters you know and love and manages to put them in a new perspective without completely forgetting what they originally were. It talks about stories and fairy tales but isn’t just a book for kids. I read this for the first time at 13 and still love it now, at nearly 16 years old. As practically an adult (although my mum would argue otherwise) I can say it definitely suits an audience slightly older than what it’s aimed at. If there was ever any doubt about his acting career, we are all safe in the knowledge that Chris Colfer has another area to comfortably fall back on. He is critically acclaimed and in my opinion one of the best writers of our era. It would not surprise me if, in a few years, he is as treasured and celebrated for his writing as the likes of Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth. A true author for the ages.