Thursday, April 12, 2012

Storybound Review

416 pages

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....

I liked the concept of this book but I feel like the writing style could have been a bit better. I loved the world building and the idea of a school where you go to learn to play a type of character. There seemed to be a lot of plot twists and action that made the story interesting. However, I failed to really get to know most of the characters. Even connecting with Una was a little difficult. Una is a very brave and young main character who has a few mysteries about her that reveal themselves in exciting ways. I think that it was hard to see many of Una's inner emotions which didn't make her seem real. Other than that I think there could have been a better description of the school and the people to make it more interesting. The story itself was good and the action itself picks up by the end of the book. There is a slight cliffhanger at the end so it will be interesting to read the next novel when it comes out. I recommend this novel to those who like fantasy and magical adventure novels.


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