I’m so glad that I’ve picked these stories back up. This is the second book in the Land of Stories series. I always find myself not picking them up because they are rather long books for middle grade. I also remember not being as invested into the first book.
This book was a big step up from the first book. It could be that it wasn’t all introductions and such but this really expanded on the worlds and characters. I love the family relationships so much. The relationship between Conner and Alex is so sweet and inspiring for siblings. I love how they will do anything for each other and really just deeply care about one another.
We get a lot of our characters from the first book but in more depth. I absolutely loved the relationship between Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks in this book. They hate each other but it gives for a lot of comedic relief. There’s a lot of things that go wrong in these stories and this breaks up some of that doom.
I think the plot in this book was great. They are all coming together to take down the ever powerful Enchantress. She’s so powerful that none of the kings, queens, fairies or anyone know how to deal with her. She’s trying to take over both worlds. Of course, you know, the kids have to save the day, right?!
There is a twist at the end that I did not see coming.. well kind of but I didn’t want to believe it! If I were a mom, I don’t know that I would have that much courage. I’m not sure how they will tackle stories in the future, since we just had such a huge presence in this book. I do hope that future books are expanding on the twist at the end of this book.
Overall, this was really enjoyable. I do think they are a bit long for middle grade. I do tend to rate middle grade easier, since I’m a lot older and don’t know if I would enjoy these stories more or less at that age.