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Land of Stories – The Wishing Spell (audiobook)

Review:

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

The dungeon was a miserable place.

– first sentence

 

This is the first book in the 6-book Land of Stories series and it is fabulous. Twins Alex and Conner Bailey find themselves in a land where fairy tales are real. The land consists of multiple kingdoms such as the Sleeping Kingdom (ruled by Sleeping Beauty & King Charming) and the Dwarf Forest. All your fairy-tale favorites are here, the heroes and the villains. The twins are desperately searching for the ingredients to the Wishing Spell which is their only hope to go home. Along the way, they encounter a talking frog, trolls, Queen Red Riding Hood, the wanted criminal Goldilocks, and even the Evil Queen (among others).

 

This book is loved by many students in our school and kids who start it don’t want to put it down. There are a couple of instances where the language might be objectionable to parents (harlot, floozy), but it wouldn’t keep me from letting my kids read the book. Overall the story emphasizes persistence, empathy, and kindness in the face of danger and hopeless situations.

 

I would recommend to grades 4 & up.

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Halloween Bingo Update 1

Well, I haven’t done much reading or been on Booklikes much recently 😦

Real-life and school reading requirements have been getting in the way. But I am taking some time today to create a post that at least keeps track of the calls.

 

 

Called:

9/1/19: Ghost stories
9/2/19: Genre: Horror
9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth (not on my card)

9/5/19: American Horror Story
9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape (not on my card)
9/7/19: Fear Street

 

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Storm & Fury – audiobook

Review:

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout, Lauren Fortgang

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

“Just a kiss?”

– first sentence

 

Trinity lives in a community of Wardens (gargoyles who fight demons and can transform into human form). Trinity isn’t a warden, but she isn’t just a human either. She is one of a kind – a true born. Misha is Trinity’s protector, and if she dies, he will also die. Trinity’s mom was killed by a warden and since then, she has lived under the protection of the wardens.

 

This book reminded me of the Court of Thorns & Roses series. It had the same feel. I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t realize it was part of a larger universe (The Dark Elements series). There was danger, magical creatures, good vs. evil, treachery, death, betrayal, and of course, hormonal teenagers. Overall it was just ok for me. 

 

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Thinner – audiobook

Review:

Thinner - Stephen King

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

“Thinner,” the old Gypsy man with the rotting nose whispers to William Halleck as Halleck and his wife, Heidi, come out of the courthouse.

– first sentence

 

I’ve been listening to Stephen King books on audio recently. All of them have been re-reads and I enjoy revisiting his older material. This book has always been just ok for me. Joe Mantegna does a fabulous job performing all the characters and the story flew by. I plan to watch the movie again for a comparison.

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