24 June 2013

Review: The Wishing Spell

The Wishing Spell
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Probably closer to 3.5.

It's tough when you have a book that's well regarded by someone who is not known for books. In this case, it's Chris Colfer from Glee who gives a new twist on fairy tales that is perhaps a little overambitious but mostly works.

The story is of a pair of twins who are given a book by their grandmother, The Land of Stories. They fall into the book, which transports them to a place where all the classic fairy tale characters actually exist post-story. If the twins can collect all the ingredients of a "Wishing Spell," they can go home.

The book is fun, for the most part, perhaps moreso if you're significantly interested or well-versed in fairy tales. As continuations of the stories, it can be fun to see how some of the characters have fared in this universe, and that works well. If the book has a glaring flaw, it's that it is very long, both for this age group and as a story overall. So much of it feels like simply an excuse to include certain characters at the expense of a leaner story with more movement.

Overall, a solid debut. Would ultimately read more in this series, and more from Colfer overall.

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