Worlds Collide: The Land of Stories, Book 6

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

Wacky humor, tugged heartstrings in fast-paced finale.

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age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 11+

Works for some, but for me it didn’t

First off- I ADORE the first four Land of Stories books. So keep that in mind as you read this review. It wasn’t the extremely brief gay reference in the prologue that ruined the book for me. Skip the prologue, and the book’s fine content wise. Many review have said that this ruined the book for them, and I get that. It was unnecessary. BUT- that wasn’t why the book was so… un-Land-of-Stories-Like, to say the least. The fifth book was not my favorite, but it did keep me reading with interest. The sixth book was just… lame. For starters, one of the reasons why I love tLoS series is because it isn’t told like, “So wets settwle down for a nice wittle story-wrory wittle chiwdwen,” it’s told like the author knows that he’s writing for kids but still manages to keep it interesting for teens without having to resort to violence, sex, or language to make the novels seem “older”. He knows exactly how to tell a mature story that’s appropriate for 8-year-olds while being uncannily fun and hilarious for tweens and teens. That’s one of the many magical things that was lost in Worlds Collide. The second thing was that there was hardly ANY Alex PoV. Alex. Is. The. Best. She’s been through some tough stuff, but at the end of every book she’s always the same reliable Alex. And all we got was… (sighs) Connor. (Except for the few pages at the end, but that’s hardly enough to satisfy any Alex fan). It felt like the author wanted to give Connor his chance to shine, but he had plenty of that in An Author’s Odyssey. Alex is by far the more developed twin. The third thing: Too many characters. Okay, so let me list ALL THE CHARACTERS FROM SOOOO MANY DIFFERENT UNIVERSES. We have the Neverland crew. Aaaaand some from the Wizard of Oz. Annnnnnnd add in Connor’s many characters, some friends from Camelot, Robin Hood and alllllllll the Merry Men, a dash of Greek Mythology, Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, Froggy, Evly, Jack, Bree, Emmerich, Rook, and the rest of tLoS crew, and what we have is a very muddled story that really would’ve been better with only half the characters. Oh and I’m sorry, I’m forgetting about the Book Huggers, the Sisters Grimm, *gasps for air*, the many many MANY villains that convolute the plot even more. It’s just… too much. A more subtle ending would’ve been much better. Not that I fault the author for adding in so many wonderful characters. I don’t. It’s just that there were too many characters to give them all a chance to shine without the book feeling choppy. So, if you’ve already read all five of the Land of Stories books, then finish this one up. But if you’re finishing up the fourth book, stop once it’s done, because the first four were so good, and a finale like this really doesn’t do the first four justice.
age 8+

Excellent series that’ll have your kid unable to put it down

My 8-year old (at the time) daughter ripped through this series. I read some of it with her and really enjoyed it. It was great seeing her read such a large novel.

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