The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer

colfer the wishing spellSeries: The Land of Stories # 1
Genre:  Children’s Fantasy
Published:  July, 2012
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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.

Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  4 / 5
Format:  Paperback
Started:  September 6th, 2016
Finished:  September 10th, 2016
Wine Pairing:
  A light crisp Moscato – chilled super cold, please! And maybe a cupcake with sprinkles. 😀

To Grandma, for being my first editor and giving me the best writing advice I’ve ever received: “Christopher, I think you should wait until you’re done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer.”

These are the first words you see on the third page of this beautiful little book, and I’m fairly certain can also be traced back to the beginning flickers of adoration I have for this treasure.

The Wishing Spell follows Alex and Conner Bailey, the adorable and completely opposite Sixth Grade twins who stumble into the Land of Stories full of every fairy tale imaginable from their childhood. Playing out as a children’s version of the TV show Once Upon A Time, the fairy tales are not as they appear in the books and have very different endings from what we’ve all known before. Written in an easy to follow and appropriate voice for the intended audience, it still swept me off my feet and I fell head first in love with this book.

“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”

Filled with adorable humour with both innocence and maturity, wonderful adventures that tease the imagination and dance with our inner child, and a unique perspective on classic tales, Colfer delivers splendidly and finishes perfectly. I cannot wait to one day own the entire series and share them with all my future nieces, nephews, and (perhaps) even my own children. Either way, all kids I know shall have a magnificent library with this series, and we shall all love them together.

“The world will always choose convenience over reality. It’s easier to hate, blame, and fear than it is to understand. No one wants the truth; they want entertainment.”

And uhm I’m sorry, but did you know that CHRIS COLFER NARRATES HIS OWN AUDIOBOOK?! AND IT’S PERFECT!


Bonus for anyone who remembers our Bad Romance May:

(Because Katelynn has officially broken)

Gazing around a perfect little stream ahead of them, to their amazement, was a herd of unicorns. They were beautiful: white with silver horns, silver hooves, and silver manes.
Conner’s forehead wrinkled, and his mouth dropped open. “Oh, jeeze,” he said. “That is the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever seen in my life!”
“I want to pet one!” Alex said, and ran toward them.
“Alex, be careful!” Conner said. “They could have rabies!”
“Unicorns don’t have rabies, Conner!” Alex said.
“You don’t know where those horns have been!” Conner called out.

*snickers* They may not, but someone else sure does. *maniacal cackling*

I obviously have not blocked the events of May from my memories well enough. I’m ruined.


  1. Middle grade fantasy has become such a go-to for interesting plot lines, fabulous friendships, and cool world building. I really liked The School for Good and Evil and Loki’s Wolves, if you ever need more MG fantasy recs! Somehow I haven’t read this series yet, but from that excerpt Alex and Conner sound like awesome narrators.

    OMG THE UNICORN HORN OF DESIRE. I’m crying. What is this? How is this? WHY is this? I need a bottle of Moscato and at least a half dozen cupcakes to wipe that image from my mind!

  2. YES!! Bahahaha. The unicorns. Thank you for ruining me too. 😀

    This book sounds lovely and brings to mind a fabulous middle grade I just read: The Fearless Traveller’s Guide to Wicked Places. This book BEGS to be read out loud. I got it off Netgally. It doesn’t come out until March, but it is wonderful.

    I’m now adding The Wishing Spell to my Goodreads TBR.

    1. You’re most welcome! It’s a goal of mine to slowly create a band of ruined readers snickering under blankets and in bath tubs. 😀
      The Fearless Traveller’s Guide to Wicked Places look AWESOME! Added. Cheers for great Middle Grade Reads!

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