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Storybound Paperback – April 2, 2013
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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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Storybound has a lot of things that I do like. I love alternate worlds, and have read one series previously about teens getting sucked into a book and having to save the people living in it. I was expecting something like that, and I suspect that's going to come in the second book since it certainly didn't happen here. I did enjoy this fantasy world though. The citizens are all of a character type (hero, villain, lady, etc), and in the past they had lived out the stories that we read in our world. There's not just a fantasy realm, but also modern and pioneer, and I'm sure all kinds of other places that we read about all the time. It was very imaginative.
Unfortunately, I didn't care for any of the characters which kept me from fully getting into Storybound, since the plot is quite character driven. Una is in seventh grade, is a foster kid, and likes to hang out at the library. That's really the extent of what we're told about her. The story gets going right away, so it's mostly just Una reacting to stuff and doing stuff. No real character development at all. Peter wasn't much better, and then there's an assortment of side characters. Snow is probably the one who was most developed even though she got the least page time.
Sadly, Storybound mostly bored me. I didn't care about the characters and everything was just so dragged out! Nothing gets resolved! Una and Peter do make some progress in their quest, and I figured out part of why Una was sent into Story, but who sent her there still wasn't revealed. Once the action gets going in the last couple of chapters, it all just ends. I knew it was a duology going in, but I expected more than just an extended prequel.
The characters are all so loveable (or easily hated, I guess) and the book only made me want more from each one. I loved how the villains in this story were written in a way that made me sympathize with their predicaments and how Snow was portrayed as this snotty “Lady” but really she was just a scorned and sad daughter who wanted someone to love her. Obviously I loved Sam because well, he was a cat..but also because he was snarky and portrayed all the best cat-like qualities. Una and Peter we both very sweet and in a word, good which made me really see the differences between Peter and Endeavor Truepenny, I seriously look forward to seeing more from this character in book two.
From page two this story drew me in. Marissa Burt writes a fantastic and beautiful narrative. I highly recommend it to those who enjoyed Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, or those looking for a story that reminds them about all of the things they love about fairy tales.
One thing I thought got a little tired was that Una and Peter often only figure stuff out by overhearing someone. They must have heard about 5 conversations and I thought there could have been more original ways for them to progress the plot. Also, I thought it was strange that Peter was the main guy for most of the book, and then Indy is the one that's present for the finale stuff while Peter takes a back seat. Kind of off-putting. I'll definitely be picking up the next one though, especially since this isn't really a complete book on it's own - more of a Part One, if you will.
Enter Una Fairchild, a perfectly ordinary girl from the real world, who suddenly finds herself written into the narrative and in very grave danger. Una, along with hero-in-training Peter Merriweather and talking cat Sam, waste no time getting themselves into grave danger as they delve into the secrets of Story. Most importantly, why has Una been written in, and why is she being pursued by so many different forces?
Storybound is fast-paced and action-packed, and lovers of fantasy will enjoy trying to guess what happens next.
This review originally appeared on abookandahug.com