Jul 28 2014

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer (Book Review)

“It was no mystery why this part of the countryside had been christened the Black Forest.”

Review: This is the third book in a series that most likely will go on for as long as Chris Colfer wants, and I don’t think any fan of TLoS would mind. My only issue, and it’s rare for me to have just one issue, is this book is the first time romance and crap like that has been introduced into the storyline for the main characters, Conner and Alex.

In this book it’s been discovered that the Brothers Grimm have written 3 stories no one has ever read, but they left instructions that these stories were not to be read until 200 years later. Why? Well because they contain, to no one else’s knowledge but Conner, some truth. And in that truth is a warning that evil is about to enter The Land of Stories.

Aside from the romances and heartbreaks that Alex and Conner endure I really like this book. I feel Chris Colfer is actually getting better as he goes along. The dialog is much better and the level of intelligence in terms of word usage, I feel, has increased slightly. I also like where the story is going and the fact that he’s left himself room to play around with new fairytales without making the story too complicated. This book also deals with death for the first time in a way that involves forcing the reader to deal with true loss. The way he tells it though, it’s almost like poetry and not harsh or truly sad either.

I want to end my review by also pointing out that for the first time this book has a cliff hanger that lets the reader know there WILL be a fourth book! I think this was very clever since most Young Adult books are rooted in the sort of Trilogy spectrum, and although this series is geared more towards younger than YA, I like that he saved the real cliffhanger ending for the third book in case there should be any doubt as to whether or not this was the last book. I tip my hat off to him and look forward to the next book!

Synopsis: In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Chris Colfer, the Brothers Grimm have a warning for the Land of Stories.

Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him–until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code.
Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother…but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?
When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle…or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.
The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they must bring two worlds together!

A Grimm Warning
The Land of Stories, #3
by Chris Colfer
490 pages
Little Brown & Company, 2014
Young Adult / Adventure
Read in 7 days
Rating: ★★★