Title: Storybound (Storybound #1)
Author: Marissa Burt
Page Count: 416
My Rating:4.5 TURTLES: A really great read, I highly recommend!
In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.
In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.
But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself....
What a charming g novel! I may generally read books geared toward older audiences, but when it is done right there are few things I enjoy more than Middle Grade Fantasy. Storybound is wonderfully written, the characters are delightful and interesting, the plot is exciting, and it left me wanting more.
If Storybound were written for a young adult audience or older I might complain about a few holes in the world-building, or point out some tired tropes. This seems a bit ridiculous though, seeing as the group of people the author is writing for generally either doesn't know or care about these things. The story is set up in a fairytale-like manner anyway, so these elements are entirely appropriate given the circumstances.
This book is wonderful and can be enjoyed by readers of just about any age. If you have a child in your life, I recommend you pick up a copy for them. And then one for yourself! I know I will be continuing on with the sequel.
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