Book Review – Land of Stories

It has been such a long time since I last wrote a book review in school. We were often encouraged to write book reviews and I remembered the times when we were given fancily designed formats to help us in our book reviews. I think my mum has thrown away all those papers during spring cleaning.

Now, I started on Land of Stories series because I was attracted to the concept of how Chris Colfer would rewrite the fairy tale characters. It isn’t the first time that authors have used the Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm stories to write their versions of The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and many more characters.

Land of Stories is a hash of Hans Christian Andersen’s and Brothers Grimm’s iconic stories. I dug a little since Mother Goose was one of the characters, and Mother Goose belonged to Charles Perrault.

When I started reading Land of Stories – The Wishing Spell, I was blown off by the massive amount of information about each character’s appearance. Apparently, the author has this obsession with detailed description of how each character looked and how they appeared in the story.

However, I found the writing style rather lacking. I’m not sure if I should say high school level or there is room for improvement. While a number of readers were impressed by the series, I was less than impressed. I was rather impressed with how he managed to squeeze so many characters into the series. There are six books with the adventures of Conner and Alex Bailey, the main characters in saving the Land of Stories where Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and many other characters lived.

The commonly used word that I read throughout six books was the following:

Discombobulating – to confuse

I started to hate how he has to describe the situations when the characters have lost their tracks with just this long word. It looks fancy. However, it would have suffice to use confused, disorientated, dizzy to describe the situations since this long word does not transmit the idea that the characters were dizzy after being spun around in a tornado.

I managed to finish reading while skipping some pages at times all the way to the last book. I did try to read the spin offs like Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty. Basically, I have no idea if Red Riding Hood is the author’s hated character since she was written in such a way that Red is a narcissist and doesn’t care about others. Perhaps the way Red Riding Hood was written initially conveyed the idea that she was an airhead by talking to the wolf and all.

Read this book if you are into character spin offs and have no qualms about the lack of writing style flow. I was totally put off by the limited vocabulary and descriptions of the characters’ appearances. It was like he was writing a play and directing a movie instead of a book.

I would give 3 stars out of 5 for the series.

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