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5.0 out of 5 starsEngaging series
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
As a reading specialist, I’m always looking for books that engage children. My own 9-year-old son is a devotee of graphic novels, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I introduced him to the word-dense Land of Stories series. I worried needlessly. He devoured books one through four, reads at least three chapters of Book 5 each night, and begged me to order Book 6 so he begin it immediately when he’s finished 5.
5.0 out of 5 stars"Someday you will be old enough to start reading Fairy Tales again"
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2015
My students and I absolutely love these books. I work with kids ranging from 2nd to 7th grade and most of them either have reading based disabilities or are simply behind in their reading. These are kids who as a whole, don't like to read, and I have been trying to find books and book series that will grab their attention and make them enjoy reading. My kids all love the Land of Stories books, and are so excited when I get a new one in the series. They are written at about a 5th grade reading level so they are above where my younger kids should be at and a little below where my older kids should be. I read them aloud with the kids and we take turns. They read until they get stuck, or struggle and then I take over for a bit. They have been great for strengthening reading skills, broadening vocabulary and sparking imagination. Chris Colfer has done a remarkable job and I would recommend this series to anyone, old or young.
This book is one of the most action-packed and exciting books that I’ve read in a very long time, and throughout it I learned lessons about traveling and just life in general. Conner’s journey through Europe and Alex’s life in The Land Of Stories (a fairytale book you can go inside of) is incredibly inspiring and teaching as we watch them go on tremendous adventures with courage, love, and intelligence. It has heart-pounding action, twists and turns that can make you sick, and cliffhangers that could make you read the whole entire book in one sitting! In the end, we learn to put family and loved ones before others and to cherish the little moments in life.
The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning, by Chris Colfer, takes place in two different worlds; a fairytale book and Europe. Conner, a 13 year old boy, is selected by his teacher to go on a trip to Berlin with a group of weirdo girls and one other mysterious girl who Connor has a huge crush on. The group goes there to uncover a time capsule which was planted by The Brothers’ Grimm. Conner discovers something crazy and knows he can’t stay any longer. He tries to leave, but is caught by the mysterious girl, Bree. She insists that she shall come along with Conner, and together they have an adventure of a lifetime. Alex, on the other hand, is having quite the opposite adventure from her twin. Since their father was from the fairytale world, the twins both had some fairy heritage in them, but Alex accepted it more. She decided to stay in the book and take lessons from her grandma, the fairy godmother. She has to do helpful tasks and learn to be patient if she wants to become a true fairy; a fairy on The Fairy Council. Throughout the book, Alex and Conner go through struggles and find love, all the while trying to communicate with each other. They have magic mirrors that they can communicate through, and in the end, the reunite to fight a war together in The Land Of Stories. Will they be able to live without each other’s support? Read to find out!
Since this book partially takes place in a fairytale world and also has runaway teenagers, it’s bound to have action. There were many moments in this book where I found my heart beating out of my chest because of it’s nail-biting action. One time is when Alex and Conner fall inside of a GINORMOUS tree. “‘Because I gotta tell you, most of the stuff you say to me goes in one ear and out the-AAAAH!’ CRACK! The twins had been jumping on a weak part of the branch and fell straight through it. To their surprise, the tree branch was hollow and they landed on a long wooden slide. The slide traveled through the branch and coiled down the giant tree trunk. The twins screamed and tried to grab ahold of anything they could but the slide was too slick, so they slid deeper and deeper into the bottom of the tree,”(page 358). Over the course of the book, I slowly started feeling what the characters felt, so at this part I was really excited and scared because it was so action-packed.
In all of his novels, Chris Colfer does an amazing job of keeping the reader hanging on the edge of their seats because of the many twists and turns. I would read this book for hours on end because I just couldn’t put it down. One example is when Conner and Bree hear a story that acts like a prophecy for The Land Of Stories. It leaves all the characters and the readers awestruck. “Conner felt light-headed and sick to his stomach. His mind was racing with so many questions he couldn't focus. [...] everything was white noise around him. [...] It wasn’t actually a story, it was a warning,”(page 108). This was in the beginning of the book and everything was going well, but then we realized something bad was coming so I couldn’t stop reading.
Last, there were many jaw-dropping cliffhangers. In a multi-book series, I feel it’s best to have the end of each book be a cliffhanger so that you will read the next book. The end of this book was most definitely a cliffhanger and I had to read the next book. Alex and Conner's dad is supposed to be dead, but Alex claims she saw him. “Alex was sitting on the steps of the platform in the back of the room. Her face was ghostly white and she panted as she stared off into space. Her wand was on the floor and a few feet away from her-something was very wrong. ‘Alex, are you alright?’ Conner asked, and ran to her side. ‘What the heck happened here?’[...] ‘I caught him and I made him take off his m-m-mask!’ [...] ‘Alex, you’re scaring me! Tell me what you saw!’ she turned to her brother and looked him directly in the eyes. ‘Conner,’ she gasped. ‘The Masked Man-it was dad!’(page 470). This was probably the biggest cliffhanger of the whole entire series because it was such a big topic and it was so important to the characters. So, as you can see, I was completely shocked when I read this part.
Throughout the book, Alex and Conner are constantly teaching me lessons about honesty, trust, loyalty, love, and friendship. We learn to put family and loved ones before others and our outside lives. Overall, I give The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning a 5 out of 5 stars; a must read!
5.0 out of 5 starsColfer Has a True Gift for Storytelling
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2014
The only other series I can remember being this excited about is the Harry Potter series. Chris Colfer jumped in full-force with “The Land of Stories” novels, and his stories have stolen my heart.
“The Land of Stories” is a world full of magic and excitement. We get to spend time with our favorite fairytale characters – but we get to know them on an entirely new level. And new characters that Colfer introduced to us instantly become our best friends. I look forward to reading and spending time with Alex and Conner – and you’ll never find a character more uniquely wonderful than Froggy.
Whenever I begin reading these books, I am instantly pulled in, and it takes every bit of strength within me to set them down. I find myself staying up reading well past the point of exhaustion merely so I don’t have to leave this magical world. Each chapter leaves me wanting more, and each story has ended with such an intense cliffhanger that my jaw literally drops every time. Now that I’ve been part of this world, I daresay I never want to leave it. It is so easy to understand how Alex and Conner feel about this world, about their adventures. Because when I read these stories I get to become part of this world and experience these adventures alongside them. And they are some of the greatest moments of my life.
Chris Colfer has a true gift for writing. We know from watching him on Glee that he can sing and dance and act, but I believe that his role on Glee was just a small part of helping him reach his greater purpose. Colfer was put on this Earth to inspire us. Through his bravery, his kindness, and his amazing ability to tell a story, he has done just that.
I will keep reading these books as long as he keeps writing them. And I highly recommend you do the same.
Sadly my son couldn’t get into this book. He has read the first two and really enjoyed them but this third one was difficult. He didn’t like the French words/sentences and names at the start and got to page 40 and gave up. He’s 10 and loves the characters Alex and Connor but he said this felt like a grown up adults book, so we moved on to something else that wasn’t such a chore to read. If he can’t get into it straight away he then gets annoyed at having to read it and reading should be enjoyable. This was highly anticipated and sadly disappointing..
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonder to read. A truly gifted author.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2014
A Grimm Warning is the third installment in The Land Of Stories series by author Chris Colfer.
Colfer is best known for his role as Kurt Hummel in the TV show Glee and is due to play the title role in the new Noel Coward film.
The Land Of Stories tells the story of twins Alex and Conner Bailey who are pulled into their grandmother's book. It tracks their journey through the magical land of fairytale and children's story characters. The telling of stories with a twist will have you revisiting your childhood in a new light and make you wonder why you had not realised this earlier. Colfer has bought a fresh light to old stories that will entrance young and old alike.
This is a great book for all ages, however, the story truly comes alive in the audio books which are narrated by Chris Colfer using an array of colorful voices.
5.0 out of 5 starsif the first 2 books are anything to go by I know this is definitely going to be a brilliant read which will leave me wanting mo
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 23, 2014
Whilst I haven't completed reading the whole book yet, if the first 2 books are anything to go by I know this is definitely going to be a brilliant read which will leave me wanting more!! Chris Colfer is a genius and his seriously artistic writing in these books allows you not only to picture the whole scene in your mind but leaves you feeling like you're actually watching it all play out in front of you. These books would be brilliant turned into movies - I can only imagine how big that would be!!