Against the will of their grandmother, twins Alex and Conner 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 has ever faced--the return of the Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty.
I'm pretty pleased that I saw the ending coming. ;-)
The second book in the Land of Stories series is sadly far less enjoyable than its predecessor.
The storyline: The Evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance. A fun premise that really goes nowhere. This book is heavily flawed. First, and most simply a lot of the humor tends to fall flat. However, my biggest issue was the pacing of the book. The main quest line doesn’t begin until half way through the book. I spent the first 250 pages waiting for the “book to start.” Despite this, the first part of the book is still well-written and entertaining but it is just far too long. To add to that, when the main quest line begins, it moves a little too fast. The characters are able to defeat major villains quickly and without much difficulty. What should have been the most exciting part of the book is rushed though. The ending is emotional but also drawn out for too long.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first and despite this review I will still read the third book in the series. However, if the issues with the next book are the same then I’m out. –RR
AR: 5.3, 19 pts.
I do hope we're done with collect-the-items quest plots for the rest of the series, though. I know it's a venerable fantasy trope, but two of them in as many books seems like about enough of that for a while.
Wow, what a lot of action and adventure in this rollicking tale. Fairy Godmother is trying to keep Alex and Connor safe but they are determined to get back to the Land of Stories by any method possible even if it means tricking Mother Goose. They manage to get back and start the quest to stop the Enchantress. They meet up again with old friends who help them on their quest. Even the trolls and goblins are not what they expect. Unexpected twists happen throughout their quest and this story. I could not put it down. I loved reacquainting myself the with characters and meeting some new ones. Some give a little towards the quest and some give all. Well worth reading!