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Storybound Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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“A richly imagined world. Readers will enjoy the mind-bending fun of puzzling together small details.” (Booklist)
“Readers who love fantasy may see an opportunity to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and unravel the plot, which twists and turns in on itself, with happy surprises.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“With its unique twist (her roommate, for example, is a snooty Snow White), Una’s adventures should charm those who enjoy fairy-tale reboots, and the cliff-hanger ending could ensure demand for a sequel.” (School Library Journal)
About the Author
Marissa Burt was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class. She grew up in Oregon and now lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three sons. Marissa is also the author of Storybound and Story's End.
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Along the way, she studied Sociology, Ancient Languages, and Theology and clocked hours as a social worker, barista, 5th grade teacher, bookseller, faculty assistant, and reference librarian. But not all at the same time.
Marissa now lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three sons where she enjoys time spent around family, friends, and good books.
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Top Customer Reviews
Storybound is refreshing in that, while it is a middle grade novel, it is not written down for children. Many times when I read books geared for such a young audience, there is a certain self-consciousness to the book; I am never unaware that I am, in fact, reading a book. Storybound allowed me to fully immerse in the world Burt created. The descriptions of Story are vivid, and the characters all have plenty of nuance. For a book that deals with the stereotypes of stories, her characters have many shades of gray that make them real.
The language and syntax is simple enough for children to read, but as a parent and an English teacher, I was happy to see a handful of words that might encourage young hands to reach for a dictionary. The twists in the plot found the balance of holding the attention of older readers, while not confusing its intended audience.
I eagerly await its sequel.
And now, the fantasy of every fiction writer who ever lived and most readers: Imagine one day you're in the library browsing for a book and you find one with your name on it:
"Curious," Una murmured. She flipped the book every which way but found no inscription. It sat fat and heavy in her hand, and she paused for a moment before opening the beautiful filigreed cover. All the pages had the same pretty silver lining, and Una turned them with reverent fingers. Then she stopped. She stared hard at the first page. "The Tale of Una Fairchild," it said in a sharp black script. She read the line again, wondering if she was imagining things. She was Una Fairchild.
How many Una Fairchilds could there be?
What if that book was your story, Esteemed Reader? What if it and some creepy elf dudes sucked you into the book and you were not only the star of your own story, but you could help shape it? If you're a fiction writer (and you're here, so you probably are) I know that's your fantasy (elf dudes aside), because isn't that why we write in the first place? To be sucked into the story of our choosing and to craft it?
To be fair, that's not exactly what happens to Una. She gets sucked into the land of Story with Peter, the good looking hero, a snobbish lady, and a talking cat (of course there's a talking cat!). It's worth noting Burt is too smart to bomb the reader with exposition the way I just did.Read more ›
Marissa Burt did a great job building the characters in Storybound. There were a lot of characters, but none of them ended up falling flat - each had their own story to add. Una Fairchild, the confused protagonist lost in a strange world and there's Peter who desperately trying to live up to his family name and be a hero. And of course his family with their secrets, and Sam the sarcastic cat. It's even hard not to love Snow, the mean girl from a broken home.
Despite the various point of view changes throughout Storybound - often without warning - it's easy enough to follow along. In fact, the changes in point of view actually make sense and make up a necessary element of Storybound.
The worldbuilding and storytelling in Storybound was done wonderfully. There's so many fantastical elements that make up the land of Story and all the rules that go along with it. Muses, tale keepers, villains, heroes, ladies, etc - each had an important role to play but Marissa Burt was able to build it all up without overwhelming the reader.
Any lover of fairy tales is bound to enjoy Storybound by Marissa Burt. Storybound is engaging and full of mysteries and adventure, as well as beautiful world building and characters that you can't help but love.
Now, imagine that you're a book lover going about your everyday business. One day, while reading, you find yourself suddenly displaced and surrounded by...well...the story. You've been written in. Written in! Is that feeling not as elating as the feeling of being written out was crappy? Welcome to the joy of Marissa Burt's Storybound.
Storybound is one of those incredibly aptly named books that works on many levels, the most literal being that Una is bound for Story, the land where characters are trained for parts, and live out the stories we read. The young (people and talking animals, and I'd assume other creatures as well) go to school to train to become a part. They take classes as heroes, villains, ladies, and more. There appear to be many different areas of Story, but Storybound is concerned with the fantasy realm, wherein those stories we know as fairy tales are enacted. Honestly, even having read it, I'm not 100% clear on how it all works, but here's the best explanation that I found:
"Peter shook his head. "It's not like that. We don't read the stories. Oh, we know about the famous characters and all," he said, and pointed to Lenora, "But it's people out there, in the land of the Readers who read our Tales."
Una looked at the pixie's smiling face. The land of the Readers. Like the one where Una had come from. Like home. "So when someone reads `Lenora in Neverland,' Lenora is acting it out here?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a pretty good cliffhanger. I really liked it. I like these kinds of books. It was awesome.Published 4 months ago by TJ
My twelve year old daughter was instructed to choose a series for summer reading for her english class, and this was the one she chose. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cort
a bland book that drags on through chapter after chapter, getting worse, and worse. I could not even finish the book it was so awful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shawn
If you've ever wondered what goes on behind fairy tales then this is the book for you! In a world much different from ours, live damsels, princes, villains, and much more. Read morePublished 5 months ago by subick
My daughter just finished this book and was spellbound by the story! She couldn't read fast enough and is desperate for book 2! Read morePublished 5 months ago by DanielleJames