Review: Storybound by Marissa Burt
Summary from the inside flap: When Una Fairchild stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, she thinks nothing of opening the cover and diving in. But instead of paging through a regular novel, Una suddenly finds herself Written In to the land of Story — a world filled with Heroes and villains and fairy tale characters.
But not everything in Story is as magical as it seems. Una must figure out why she has been Written In — and fast– before anyone else discovers her secret. Together with her new friend Peter and a talking cat named Sam, Una digs deep into Story’s shadowy past. She quickly realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined — and it might be up to her to save it.
First, let me say I liked the book. I really do enjoy stories where characters travel into books or stories. I love books that are in some way a “fractured fairy tale.” I liked all the characters – even the snotty Snow and her “villainous” mother Professor Thornhill. The plot is intriguing and makes the reader want to know more. Not all the good characters are good and not all the bad characters are bad. This keeps the reader on their toes.
Second, to be honest, I did have a couple of problems with the book. Una never questions being written into Story. Any sane person would have questioned there sanity, would have experienced some disbelief – felt certain they were either dream or nuts. But Una never does. She just takes it as a rather every day occurrence. I also was a little disappointed in how “clueless” many of the characters seem to be. I’m used to children/young adults being exceedingly smart, but Una, Peter, and the others just seem to be a little too lost.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to Story’s End which will be released in April. Storybound is one of our new books. See Mrs. Archer if you’d like to check it out.