Fairy tales are just the beginning.
The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him…except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger.
With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains!
So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?
Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms!
* from Goodreads
I grabbed Beyond the Kingdoms hoping for a distraction and relaxation. I should have known better – there is too much adventure in this series to hope for relaxation! 😉
Beyond the Kingdoms is a terrific adventure! I loved the story and characters. It pulls you right in at the beginning with a sad memory and difficult choice and leads you on a merry chase. Don’t plan to put Beyond the Kingdoms down once you’ve begun reading!
As a mother, The Fairy Godmother’s plight and actions as a parent were heartbreaking. I kept wondering how she could have fixed this without making things so much worse. It was so sad to see someone we look up to become more “human” as we learn their mistakes. Of course, few of the intended readers will think this deeply about Beyond the Kingdoms, at least from her perspective.
As with the previous books in the series, there are a few unfortunate word choices. I absolutely do not think foul language should be included in books meant for 9-12 year-olds, no matter what they may hear daily. How can we hope to have a generation that is greater if we allow them to believe this is acceptable?
Plus, I didn’t like the romance with Alex. The two scenes I found most offensive – for the intended audience are:
“They lay under the stars and kissed each other until there was no moonlight left…”
“Usually, they fell asleep apart but by morning awoke in each other’s arms.”
Neither are terrible but it’s also, not something I want my 9-14-year-old thinking about.
The absolute worst part of reading Beyond the Kingdoms is that it ends with a cliffhanger. Be ready with the next book!!
|Source:||I purchased Beyond the Kingdoms July 12, 2017 because it was on my schedule… I love my schedule!|
|Publisher & Date:||July 7th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|ISBN:||0316406899 (ISBN13: 9780316406895)|
|Steam:||YA (note: NOT Middle-Grade)|
|Series:||The Land of Stories #4|
The Wishing Spell
The Enchantress Returns
A Grimm Warning
Beyond the Kingdoms
An Author’s Odyssey
He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the “Land of Stories” series (“The Wishing Spell”, “The Enchantress Returns” and “A Grimm Warning”) as well as “Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal” which is a novelization based on the script he wrote for the film “Struck By Lighting” (Colfer also co-produced and starred in that movie)
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