If you wish to feel lost in a magical, fantastical world of fairy-tales and fables that you might have read when you were younger, then "The Land of Stories" is the perfect book series for you. Alex Bailey was always a studious kind of girl; she payed attention in school with utmost respect. Her twin brother, Conner, is similar appearance-wise with his blue eyes and strawberry-blonde hair. His personality, on the other hand, is quite the opposite of Alex's. Conner is constantly sleeping in class, and doesn't put forward his best effort toward school. Even though Bailey twins didn't realize it, their life was about to change drastically, and the word "normal" would take on a whole new meaning. For their birthday, they received an old storybook as a present from their beloved grandmother. The twins felt shocked. Conner and Alex's grandmother had owned this storybook (titled The Land of Stories) for a very long time, and now she was passing it on to them. They reluctantly accepted the gift from her. When Alex noticed the storybook's pages glowing, the twins discovered its magical qualities and accidentally tumbled into it. They were transported into the breathtaking Land of Stories. It's an incredibly different world where fairy-tales are real and quite alive. The twelve-year-old twins met familiar characters they know and love from stories they have read in their childhood, as well as a talking frog who warmly welcomed them. As enthused as the twins feel about this magical world, they desperately want to return home to their mother. Alex and Conner don't have the storybook they used to teleport to the Land of Stories, so they have no clue how to get home to their mother. That is, until they learn about a powerful spell which can take them back home safely: the magical, wondrous Wishing Spell. The Wishing Spell allows one to wish for anything they could possibly want. (Although I'm not exactly sure if you can wish for more wishes. How about wishing for more Wishing Spells? Ha-ha, I don't know, honestly.) The Bailey twins craft a plan to wish their way home. To create the Wishing Spell, one would need to collect these eight rare items (and of course they're phrased in a riddle-like manner): 1) glass that housed a lonely soul up 'til midnight's final toll, 2) a saber from the deepest sea, meant for a groom's mortality, 3) the bark of a basket held in fright while running from a bark with bite, 4) a stony crown that's made to share, found deep within a savage lair, 5) a needle that pierced the lovely skin of a princess with beauty found within, 6) a wavy lock of golden rope that once was freedom's only hope, 7) glittering jewels whose value increased after preserving the false deceased, and 8) teardrops of a maiden fairy feeling neither magical nor merry. Conner and Alex Bailey embark on a treacherous journey that will take them across the amazing Land of Stories. And, in addition to all of the good characters in a book, there's always an antagonist. The Land of Stories is no exception. There are trolls and goblins, but that's the least of Alex and Conner's worries. Little do the twins know that someone is also after the Wishing Spell ingredients for themselves. Chris Colfer has an phenomenal writing style that makes you feel as if you were traveling with the Conner and Alex in the Land of Stories. This is truly one of the best series I've ever read, and I can't recommend this book enough! If you do read "The Wishing Spell," enjoy!