The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.
Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale ...
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After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.
Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.
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Alex and Conner Bailey have another big problem on their hands: The diabolical Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! To rescue her and return her safely home, the twelve-year-old twins must ignore the instructions of their grandmother and once again descend into the Land of Stories to outwit a fairyland nemesis. Another enthralling tale from young singer, screenwriter, producer, and Golden Globe-winning actor Chris Colfer. (P.S. This series has been described as "Narnia meets Shrek.")

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Praise for the Land of Stories Series:
"There's more in Colfer's magic kingdoms than Disney has dreamt of."—USA Today

"It will hit big with its combination of earnestness and playful poise."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316252379
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Land of Stories Series , #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 7,010
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, and The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning.
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The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns


By Chris Colfer

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2013 Chris Colfer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-316-20154-4



CHAPTER 1

A TRAIN OF THOUGHTS


The subtle jerks of the train rocked Alex Bailey awake. She looked at the empty seats around her while she remembered where she was. A long sigh came out of the thirteen-year-old girl and she neatly fixed a strand of strawberry-blonde hair that had escaped her headband.

"Not again," she whispered to herself.

Alex hated dozing off in public places. She was a very smart and serious young woman and never wanted to give the wrong impression. Luckily for her, she was one of only a few people on the five o'clock train back into town, so her secret was safe.

Alex was an exceptionally bright student and always had been. In fact, she was so advanced she was part of an honors program that allowed her to take an additional class at the community college in the next town.

Since she was too young to drive and her mother worked the majority of the day at a children's hospital, every Thursday after school Alex would ride her bike to the train station and travel the short distance into the next town for her classes.

It was a questionable trip for a young girl to make by herself, and her mother had had reservations at first, but she knew Alex could handle it. This short journey was nothing compared to the things Alex had handled in the past.

Alex loved being a part of the honors program. For the first time, she was able to learn about art and history and other languages in an environment where everyone wanted to be there. When her professors asked questions, Alex was one of many people to raise her hand with the answer.

Another perk of the train ride was the downtime Alex got to herself. She would gaze out the window and let her thoughts wander while the train traveled. It was the most relaxing part of her day, and many times she'd find herself drifting off to sleep, but only on rare occasions like today would she accidentally drift off completely.

Normally, she would wake feeling embarrassed, but this time Alex's embarrassment was laced with annoyance. She had just been having a disheartening dream: a dream she had had many times in the last year.

She dreamed she was running barefoot in a beautiful forest with her twin brother, Conner.

"I'll race you to the cottage!" Conner said with a huge smile. He shared his sister's looks but, thanks to a recent growth spurt, was now a few inches taller than her.

"You're on!" Alex said with a laugh, and the race began.

They chased each other through trees and over grassy fields without a care in the world. There were no trolls or wolves or evil queens for them to worry about, because, wherever Alex and Conner were, they knew they were safe.

Eventually a small cottage came into view. The twins bolted toward it, putting all their energy into one final sprint.

"I win!" Alex declared when both of her open palms touched the front door a millisecond before her brother's.

"Not fair!" Conner said. "My feet are flatter than yours!"

Alex giggled and tried opening the door, but it was locked. She knocked, but no one answered.

"That's funny," Alex said. "Grandma knew we were coming to visit; I wonder why she locked the door."

She and her brother peered into the window. They could see their grandmother inside, sitting in a rocking chair near the fireplace. She seemed sad, and slowly rocked back and forth.

"Grandma, we're here!" Alex said and cheerfully tapped on the window. "Open the door!"

Her grandmother didn't move.

"Grandma?" Alex asked, tapping on the window harder. "Grandma, it's us! We want to visit you!"

Her grandma raised her head slightly and looked up at them through the window but remained seated.

"Let us in!" Alex said, tapping on the glass even harder.

Conner shook his head. "It's no use, Alex. We can't go in." He turned away and headed back in the direction they came from.

"Conner, don't walk away!" Alex said.

"Why bother?" he said, looking back at her. "Clearly she doesn't want us in there."

Alex began banging on the window as hard as possible without breaking it. "Grandma, please let us in! We want to come inside! Please!"

Grandma looked up at her with a blank stare.

"Grandma, I don't know what I did wrong, but whatever it is, I'm sorry! Please let me come back inside!" Alex said as tears began to spill down her face. "I want to come in! I want to come in!"

Grandma's plain expression turned into a frown and she shook her head. Alex realized she wasn't going to be let in, and every time she came to this realization in the dream, she would wake up.

It might not have been a pleasant dream, but it had felt so good to be back in a forest and to see her grandmother's face again.... It was obvious to her what the dream represented, and had been since the first time she had dreamed it.

However, Alex felt something different when she awoke this time. She couldn't help but feel as if someone had been watching her while she was asleep.

When she had first awoken, although she hadn't paid much attention to it at first, she could have sworn she saw her grandmother sitting across from her on the train.

Was this was an actual sighting or just her imagination getting the best of her? Alex couldn't deny the possibility that it had been real. Her grandmother was capable of many things....


It had been over a year since Alex and Conner Bailey had discovered their family's biggest secret. When they were given an old storybook from their grandmother, they'd never expected it would magically transport them into the fairy-tale world, and never in their wildest dreams had they expected that their grandmother and late father were from this world.

Traveling from kingdom to kingdom and befriending the characters they grew up reading about had been the adventure of their lives. But the biggest surprise of all was when the twins learned their own grandmother was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.

Their grandmother eventually found them and took them back home to their anxious mother.

"I had to tell the school you both had chicken pox," Charlotte, the twins' mother, said. "I had to come up with a good excuse for why you had been gone for two weeks and thought 'traveling in another dimension' would probably raise a few eyebrows."

"Chicken pox?" Conner said. "Mom, you couldn't come up with anything cooler? Like a spider bite or food poisoning?"

"Did you know where we were the whole time?" Alex asked.

"It wasn't difficult to figure out," Charlotte said. "When I got home from work I went into your room and found the Land of Stories book on the floor. It was still glowing."

She looked over at the large emerald storybook held tightly in Grandma's hands.

"Were you worried?" Conner asked.

"Of course," Charlotte said. "Not necessarily for your safety, but for your sanity. I was worried the experience would overwhelm and frighten you, so I called your grandmother immediately. Luckily, she was still in this world, traveling with her friends. But after the second week of not knowing where you were ... well, let's just say I pray I never have to experience that again."

"So you knew about everything?" Alex asked.

"Yes," Charlotte said. "Your dad was going to tell you eventually; he just never got the chance."

"How did you find out?" Conner asked. "When did Dad tell you? Did you even believe him at first?"

Charlotte smiled at the memory. "From the minute I saw your father, I knew there was something different about him," she said. "I had just started my first week of nursing at the children's hospital when I saw your grandmother and her group of friends come to read stories to the patients. But I was completely smitten by the handsome man who was with them. He was so peculiar; he stared around in amazement at everything. I thought he was going to faint when he saw the television."

"It was John's first trip to this world," Grandma said with a smile.

"He asked me to give him a tour of the hospital, and I did," Charlotte continued. "He was so fascinated to learn about it: the surgeries we performed, the medicines we used, the patients we treated. He asked if we could meet again later after I was done working so I could tell him more. We ended up dating for two months and fell in love. But then, strangely, he disappeared without warning and I didn't see him again for three whole years."

The twins looked to their grandmother, knowing a bit of the story already.

"I made him go back to the fairy-tale world with me, and forbid him to return," Grandma said and slumped a tad. "I had my reasons, as you know, but I was very wrong."

"And that's when he discovered the Wishing Spell and started to collect the items like us, so he could find a way back to you," Alex said excitedly.

"And it really didn't take him that long; it just seemed like it because we hadn't been born yet, and there was still a time difference between the worlds," Conner added.

Charlotte and Grandma both nodded.

"I eventually saw him again at the hospital," Charlotte said. "He looked so frail and dirty, like he had been to war and back. He looked at me and said, 'You have no idea what I went through to get back to you.' We were married a month later and became parents a year after that. So to answer your question, no, it wasn't hard to accept that your dad was from another world, because somehow I had known all along."

Alex reached into her bag and pulled out the journal their father had kept while he was collecting the Wishing Spell items, the same journal they had followed while collecting the items themselves.

"Here, Mom," Alex said. "Now you can know exactly how much Dad loved you."

Charlotte looked down at the journal, almost afraid to take it. She flipped it open and her eyes watered as she saw her late husband's handwriting.

"Thank you, sweetheart," she said.

"Just to let you know," Conner said, "me and Alex did all the same stuff. We're pretty great ourselves. Just keep that in mind if you ever feel inspired to give us an allowance in the future."

Charlotte playfully glared at her son; they knew she couldn't afford to give them allowances. Since their dad died, she'd had a hard time supporting the family and paying off debts from his funeral. But that got Alex thinking: With all the connections their family had in the fairy-tale world, why exactly had their lives been so tough the last year?

"Mom," Alex said, "why have we been struggling so much when all this time Grandma could have just waved her wand and made everything better for us?"

Conner looked up at his mother, thinking the same question. Their grandmother went quiet; it wasn't her place to say.

"Because your father didn't want that," Charlotte said. "Your father loved this world so much; it's where we met, it's where we had you two, and it's where he wanted to raise you. He had come from a world of kings and queens and magic, a world of entitlement and undeserved luxury that he thought ruined people's character. He wanted you guys to grow up in a place you could get anything you wanted if you worked hard enough for it, and although there have been times a little magic would have gone a long way, I've tried to respect that."

Alex and Conner looked at each other; maybe their dad was right. Could they have managed what they had done in the last weeks if they hadn't been raised that way? Could they have collected all the Wishing Spell items or stood up to the Evil Queen if he hadn't taught them how to believe in themselves?

"So what happens now?" Conner asked.

"What do you mean, Conner?" Grandma said.

"Well, clearly our lives are going to be totally different now, right?" he said with a twinkle in his eye. "I mean, after two weeks of barely surviving encounters with trolls, wolves, goblins, witches, and evil queens, we can't be expected to go to school again. We're too mentally distraught, right, Alex?"

Charlotte and Grandma looked at each other and burst out laughing.

"So I'm guessing that means we still have to go to school?" Conner asked. The twinkle in his eye faded away.

"Nice try," Charlotte said. "Every family has its issues, but that doesn't mean you get to drop out of school because of it."

"Thank goodness," Alex said with a sigh. "I was afraid he was on to something for a minute."

Grandma looked up at the clock. "It's almost sunrise," she said. "We've been talking all night. I better get going now."

"When will we see you again?" Alex asked. "When can we go back to the Land of Stories?" Alex had wanted to ask that question since the moment they left. Grandma looked down at her feet and thought for a moment before responding.

"You've had an awfully big adventure, even by grown-up standards," Grandma said. "Right now you need to focus on being twelve-year-olds in this world. Be kids while you still can, children. But I'll take you back one day, I promise."

It wasn't the answer she wanted, but Alex nodded. There was one more question she had been meaning to ask all night.

"Will you ever teach us magic, Grandma?" Alex asked with wide eyes. "I mean, since Conner and I are part fairy, it would be nice to know a thing or two."

"I completely forgot about that!" Conner said, slapping an open palm to his forehead. "Please leave me out of this. I don't want to be a fairy—can't stress that enough."

Grandma went silent. She looked to Charlotte, who only shrugged.

"When the time is right, sweetheart, I would love nothing more," Grandma said. "But right now the Fairy Council and I are working some things out, things that are pretty time-consuming but that you don't need to worry yourselves about. As soon as we move past it, I would love to teach you magic."

Grandma hugged her grandchildren and kissed the tops of their heads.

"I think it might be best if I take this with me," Grandma said, referring to the Land of Stories book. "We don't want history repeating itself."

She headed toward the front door, but just as she reached for the doorknob, she stopped and looked back at them.

"I forgot, I didn't drive here," Grandma said with a smirk. "Looks like I'll have to leave the old-fashioned fairy way. Good-bye, children, I love you with all my heart."

And slowly, Grandma began to disappear, fading into soft, sparkling clouds.

"Okay, now that is something I'd like to learn how to do," Conner said. He waved his hands through the sparkles in the air. "Sign me up for that lesson."

Alex yawned contagiously and her brother followed.

"You kids must be exhausted," Charlotte said. "Why don't you go to bed? I'm taking tomorrow off so I can be here with you guys, in case you have any more questions. And because I've just missed you."

"In that case, I've got an important question," Conner said. "What's for breakfast? I'm starving."


Alex's train finally reached her station. She retrieved her bike from the bike rack and pedaled home, still thinking about her grandmother.

Alex had expected to live a dual-worldly life after discovering the fairy-tale world. She imagined spending summers and holidays with her brother in the Fairy Kingdom or Cinderella's Palace with their grandmother. She imagined a brand-new life of magic and adventure would begin immediately. Sadly, Alex's expectations weren't met.

More than a year had gone by since the night their grandmother disappeared. They hadn't received a single letter or phone call explaining why she had been gone. She missed every holiday and their birthday—days she never missed. And to make matters worse, the twins hadn't been back to the Land of Stories, either.

The twins couldn't help but be angry with their grandmother. How could she just disappear and never make contact again? How could she take them to a place they had been dreaming about since they were kids and then never let them return?

Their grandmother herself had even said it; a part of the Land of Stories lived inside them—so who was she to keep it from them?

"Your grandmother is a very busy woman," Charlotte would tell Alex whenever the subject came up. "She loves you very much. She probably just has her hands full at the moment. We'll hear from her soon enough."

This wasn't enough to put Alex at ease. As more time went by, she began worrying whether her grandmother was all right—sometimes wondering if she was even alive. Alex hoped nothing had happened to her and that she was okay. She missed her hugs more than anything.

Life without their dad had been the most difficult thing the twins had ever experienced. But life without their dad and grandmother was nearly impossible.

"What do you think is going on?" Alex asked Conner on one occasion.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. Copyright © 2013 Chris Colfer. Excerpted by permission of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

        What an amazing book this is. I read The Land Of Stories, Th

        What an amazing book this is. I read The Land Of Stories, The Wishing Spell to my daughter and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. When we heard that there was to be a sequel we could not wait. I managed to pick up two copies (my daughter insisted on having one of her own) from my local Waterstones .
    I could not personally put it down. It was absolutely thrilling with such a bitter sweet ending that literally had me in tears.
        My daughter is about half way through and she is thoroughly enjoying the book also. and what is wonderful is that since starting the book, she has been reading it non-stop, bar sleeping and eating, and has even missed her favourite TV shows. My daughter never used to enjoy reading. She liked me to read to her, but would not pick up a book to read herself unless she had to for school.
    I cannot wait for her to finish the book as I am bursting with wanting to talk to her about it all.  I shall be recommending this book series to my daughter's friends  and to her school. 
        I truly hope that there will be more books to come in this series

    29 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I have really enjoyed reading this book and so has my cousin. Sh

    I have really enjoyed reading this book and so has my cousin. She's eleven and loves fairytales. It brings a new light into the old fairytale characters

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

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    I loved this book and the ending caught me off my gaurd i was in tears because i have a twin myself and i would rather die then be seperated forever from her.

    19 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Perfect book, a great new read

    I loved the drama and action of the first book but this one us so adventurous and touching and funny! Highly recommend

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    This is an excellent book, very well-written, with a much more m

    This is an excellent book, very well-written, with a much more mature and refined writing style for Chris Colfer. This book would be a pleasure for readers of any age and not only Colfer fans. Anyone who likes magic, unique characters and fairy tale ethics would enjoy The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns. I hope to see at least one more in the series, and then see what germinates in Colfer's fertile imagination.

    I enjoyed Colfer's first book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, for its interesting characters and Colfer's rough but unique plot twists and dialogue. TLOS was definitely a novice effort (fun, but rough), but TLOS2 (Colfer's 3rd book in about 1 year) is light-years past TLOS in writing style, development and overall quality. I could tell from reading TLOS that Colfer had potential; Struck By Lightning (Colfer's 2nd book) showed improvement and was emotionally wrenching, while still being ultimately inspirational. Now, TLOS2 shows even more of Colfer's creative potential.

    In my opinion, had this book been classified as Young Adult, rather than Middle Grade, and been displayed in the main portion of the stores, it would quickly be another New York Times hit. Sadly, many stores (Barnes & Noble) are relegating TLOS2 to the rear portion of the Children's section, which means that many teens and adults will never see it.


    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    I loved the first one and now theirs a second one its also great

    I loved the first one and now theirs a second one its also great.I read them and enjoy them my twin daughters also love these books. Great job with these books. I look forward to reading more of them.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Best Book Ever

    I don't know about you, but this is the best book ever!

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Yay

    THIS WILL BE A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Go alex and conner

    CHRIS COLFER RRRRRRRRROOOOOOOCCCCCCCKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Great reading!!!

    Chris colfer's second book has more adventures with the twins Alex and Conner. It has drama comdedy and I'm sure a few tears here and there. I'm about to go off to college in about a year but when I read this it really made me feel like a child again. It made me feel like a little girl excited to see which princess was going to show up next. Chris is often compared to his Glee character every where but if you read this book you realize how amazing of a writer he is and what a creative imagination he has and it's just incredible. I loved it and I would read it a 100 times more <3

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Awesome!

    I love these books! They are filled with imagination and fun! I reccomend this book for 9-14 year olds!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    The adventurous novel, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Retu

    The adventurous novel, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns is a sequel to a simply breathtaking series. The story of two twins traveling to another world is a book that appeals to many readers, from kids to young adults. Every page keeps you on the edge of your seat, having you wanting more. The travelers Alex, Conner, Goldilocks, Jack, Froggy, and Red, show in countless sequences of fatal endeavors that courage truly does conquer all. As soon as I read the last page, finishing the book, I immediately wanted to go right back to the first page again and read it over and over. This fictional sequel is a book I strongly recommend. 




    This book is filled with details that painted these continually moving and changing pictures in my mind. It kept it so very real, as if I was in the Land of Stories fighting off witches and goblins along side Alex and Conner. The theory ‘nothing beats the original’ is not the case here. Colfer does not fail to keep the magic alive and growing in this second book, making it anything but a disappointment. I have never read a more descriptive piece of writing. The words flowed along perfectly, giving you such a clear idea of each character, kingdom, and nature of the Land of Stories. 




    Alex and Conner, although just 13 year old twins, gave me the courage they had through each one of their adventures. They showed you do not need physical strength to be a victor.  It gave me so many lessons and messages such as; if you have courage, nothing can stop you. The characters are so well written and described, I had almost an emotional attachment and different relationship with each queen, creature, and hero. Some chapters had tears rolling down my cheeks, while others has me gasping, and some I even found myself muttering a small ‘yes!’ under my breath after each victory the travelers gained.




    This read is something that you will not regret setting your eyes on, and taking time to sit down with. Every chapter just hooks you in even longer. The stories of all the memorable princess and hero’s you recall from your childhood, the author has taken them and twisted their stories in a unique and extraordinary way.  It has you smiling at the familiar faces from old storybooks and Disney movies. Giving the true meaning behind every villain and creature that never truly had an ending. Your picture and idea of all different characters from the fairytale world will never be the same. This novel gives every tale a twist that will take your breath away. The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns is only an addition to the remarkable very first Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell I have never read anything quite like it before. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an on edge, action filled, adventurous novel. 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    With ¿The Wishing Spell¿ the first volume of ¿The Land Of Storie

    With “The Wishing Spell” the first volume of “The Land Of Stories”, I found back the fairy-tales characters I had grew up with but Chris managed to make them feel like they were real human beings. Just like every one of us, they have feelings, dreams and fears; they have a past, a present and a future, something I have only discovered in “The Land Of Stories”. Moreover, all the fairy-tales characters were linked and there was this thing that made me feel that they were reachable, that we also could be part of this story, and that is what I love the most. 
    To go into details, I found the second book, “The Enchantress returns” gripping, funny and touching. I couldn’t stop reading it, and now that I finished the book, I just want some more! I’ve never felt more connected to a book as I am now, and my wish is that there is a third novel to this incredible series, to find back the magical world that is “The Land Of Stories” This book is enjoyable by children, teenagers, adults &amp; seniors, because there is no age to stop believing in magic. 
    -JF

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    What would you say if you found out the fairy tale characters yo

    What would you say if you found out the fairy tale characters you grow to love as a child actually existed in another world of their own? Connor and Alex Bailey, thirteen year-old twins have found this out the hard way and return once again in the Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. This is the second book in The Land of Stories series. If you have not read the first book yet, stop reading this right now, and go read it! Alex and Connor discovered the shocking truth that they have connections to the fairytale world in the first book and in this edition of their twist-filled lives they return, but this time with harsher terms. An evil enchantress has returned when the whole fairytale world believed her as dead and plans to take over both the human and fairytale world. The two young twins are ready to dive head first into the adventure of their lives, or I should say one of the adventures of their lives.    
                           “‘The Enchantress,’ Sleeping Beauty whispered to herself. ’She’s back. “’ In a land of happily ever after, her return is something that can make your fairytale turn into a nightmare. The Enchantress was once a young girl who simply went by the name Ezmia. She was a girl with a bright future and plenty of talent to share. The talent she had could have been put to great use if she hadn’t had her heart broken too  many times. Ezmia was broken, hurt, and alone. She may sound like a wounded person in need of love but she turned her heartbreak into fuel for her vengeance.  You may have heard of this wicked woman in the classic Sleeping Beauty and now she is back and stronger than ever, which means the fairytale world needs some saving from this evil antagonist. Connor and Alex on the other hand are the protagonists in this twisted fairytale story. These two twins’ mother one day was kidnapped by the cruel Enchantress and they head out to find a portal to the fairytale world to save her. When they first embarked upon their journey they didn’t know how bad the otherworld situation was and that they were getting into two world saving matters. In this world unknown to most humans Alex and Connor join friends Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, and Prince Charlie Charming (who the twins call him Froggy due to his appearance as a frog during their first encounter) go on a life-risking journey to collect items that they hope will help defeat the gruesome Enchantress.  The setting switches because at the beginning of the book they are in the human world but during most of the story they can be found in the fairytale world. They travel from kingdom to kingdom in air and on the water hunting to find all the items they need to hopefully defeat the Enchantress and what she wants for the world’s fate. Alex and Connor must fight for the greater good in this book filled with familiar faces, friends, and foes.
    A truly memorable book is one that combines elements you already know you are fond of. I have always had a soft spot for fairytales in my heart so this book fit me quite well. I was literally in love with the first book and was overjoyed when I discovered the second. This book really left me craving for another book by this young author. Chris Colfer has reimagined the typical cliché fairytales and taken them to a world that I desire to read more and more about. During the story line my emotions were a range from exuberant to apprehensive to extremely emotional and crying.  Even though my emotional train of thought was a mess during the book I absolutely love it and look forward to a next if there is going to be one. My only complaint would be how bittersweet the end was but the happiness of when they find items in their quest they need evens out the sorrow of the ending. Each time they faced a challenge I was a little exited and ready for an interesting adventure, like when they had to face the Snow Queen, and I was also nervous when times got dangerous, like the time they met with the Sea Witch for a trade underwater. In my overall opinion I love this book and it was a fabulous read that kept me interested from page one. 
    A simple recommendation for this book would not be enough to describe how much I believe people should read this book. If fairytales have ever touched your heart or you just have a special interest for them, pick up this book immediately! It is an extraordinarily written book that should also be read if you love to read suspenseful stories that keep you intrigued until the story is over. Also, if you have a tight bond with a sibling in your family and love to read about other close sibling relationships this book is an outstanding match for you. Even if none of these fields of compatibility meets your standards this book is one that should most definitely be read! It is a fantastic read and an enjoyable one. It would be a book of interest to girls as well as boys and by people who enjoy fantasy and adventure. This book has a lot of characters and an amazing plot and would be a great fit for most ages above 10. I truly recommend The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer to anyone and everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Great

    Thsi bookbis fantastic! If you wanted more after Wishing Spell thisnone is great! Fall 2014 book 3 and 2015 book 4!!!!! SUPER EXCITEF

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Happyface

    I have read the first land of stories the wishing spell, and i loved it. I hope this one is just as good. Wounder if this time they will fall inside an notebook!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Awsome book!!!!!!!!!!!:D

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I WOULD GIVE THIS BOOK ...*************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** A MILLION STARS (which i put down.)
    YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:{) like me dimond sword ! Argh!
    ==|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::> :{)

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Best book ever

    I need to readmore!!
    The third book is coming out fall 2014
    And the fouth will come out somewhere in 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    A helpful response

    Awseome book it is better than the first if you like fantasy this is great if not it has lots of adventures

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    St.Patties girl

    I like this book because it talks about the princesses being different from the first princess books a long time ago. I think you should get a sample of this book before you actually buying it so you know if you like the book or not. If you do buy it and you did not read the first book, then you should read the book from the way begining to see what the first one was about.

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