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i'm going to take a hot bath, reflect my thoughts and then come back and write a review
Growing up in my family telling stories was something we didn't make time for. So for 21 years, the story of Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty was just only known by the name but I actually haven't heard their actual story or read anything about them. My family was and is very conservative and such things were never really allowed. We were supposed to only read books that had a great value, were part of the good old classics or were school obligated readings.
Chris Colfer managed to tell me all of those beautiful stories in a way that my heart exploded in every single page, my mind was blown away and I wanted to grab the pages of the book and wish they would never end.
This was one of the best reads of this year and probably my life. Though I'm not an expert of children's books but I can surely say with my mind and mentality of a 22-year-old girl that, this book is for everyone. For the big, the small, the young and the old. Everyone can learn something from it and cherish that learning for the rest of their life.
Also, there are some quotes in this book that are just sticking to you and punching you in the stomach. They make you realise that there is more truth and reality in such book than any other grown-up book that you might read for your own pleasure.
But a few words about the story, but if you take anything from this review please be this: read it.
The book follows the story of Alex and Connor, two young twins who recently lost their dad, this beloved one always used to tell them stories, stories that no-one would know, about the world they loved so much and they found enjoyment and home when the reality was too harsh to live in. Yes, everyone knows the amazing and heartwarming story of Sleeping Beauty but there are a lot of things, little bits, and pieces that are hidden behind the curtain that only a person who really know how things were back then would know…There was this special book, the Land of Stories their grandmother and father always told stories from and one day their birthday they inherit that book from their grandmother. Things start to get interesting, unusual some might say and non-ordinary thing start to happen: The Land of Stories book opens up a world to them that they thought only existed in writing and although they enjoyed this world back home and on their father's laps, or in their grandma's sight, they are left in the unknown and enormous world with all great danger and weird creatures whom they only read about. They are about to embark on one of the greatest adventure of their life hunting things done for the Wishing Spell – the only thing that can bring them back home to their loved ones.
This book was everything and more that I wished for. Honestly, that is a lie. I had no idea what was I getting myself into, but it truly surprised me how much I enjoyed every single word of it and how I was rather reading this at university in class than listening to the impact of different personalities and their philosophies on the economy. I could write hours and hours about how much joy and happiness this book brought to me, but I'm just going to write a few quotes in order to show you some of the highlights I made whilst I was reading it. Also, this book came at the perfect time in my life, leaving me with all the energy I need to keep going on and spreading this love and learning and happiness that I got from this novel.
I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and I just know that there is no way that they would let me down. I don't think Chris Colfer is capable of writing something bad. A bold statement, but I'm going to reflect on this after I read the other books in this series.
So as a finishing line, here are some of the quotes that I particularly enjoyed and found rather interesting during my read of The Wishing Spell:
“Be brave, children,” Goldilocks said. “Courage is one thing that no one can ever take away from you.”
“The world will always choose convenience over reality,” the Evil Queen said. “It’s easier to hate, blame, and fear than it is to understand. No one wants the truth; they want entertainment.”
“But what the world fails to realize is that a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”
“Right now, we’re living in an ugly chapter of our lives, but books always get better!”
“I’ve learned that the more people embrace their disadvantages, the less disadvantaged they become!”
“Sometimes we forget about our own advantages because we focus on what we don’t have. Just because you have to work a little harder at something that seems easier to others doesn’t mean you’re without your own talents.”