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Once Upon a Time…

Everyone loves a good fairytale. It doesn’t matter how old you are, there’s just something about kings and queens and castles and magic and happy endings that just leave you with a good feeling and a smile on your face.

And that’s exactly what 22-year-old Chris Colfer’s debut novel The Land of Stories does.

You may be wondering, how did a book of fairytales revolving around a pair of 12-year-old twins end up on the reading list of a 19-year-old girl?  (Even if this girl readily admits some of her favorite books are teen fantasy in which the main characters are bow-and-arrow wielding teenage boys.)

Usually when choosing a book I read the description and judge it based on my interest in the plot, but this one was purely authorial based. I love Chris Colfer.

Now if you’re thinking that name sounds familiar, it could be because of his role on the tv show “Glee” as the beautiful face and voice of Kurt Hummel. Even though I don’t watch “Glee”, I know all the music because my friend watches it, and when she learned Chris was writing a book she pre-ordered immediately. After she was done she passed it my way, and the rest is history.

The Land of Stories follows what happens to the twins Alex and Conner when they fall through the pages of a book and into the world of fairytale creatures. We meet familiar characters that then take on different personalities and come alive in unexpected ways. All the classic fairytales are beautifully (and sometimes painfully) intertwined with the story of Alex and Conner to make a wonderful new adventure.

This novel has just the right amount of romance and action-adventure to appeal to boys and girls alike, all culminating in a happily-ever-after of course. This book was a blast to read, I recommend it to the kid in us all!

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