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Story's End (Storybound) Hardcover – April 2, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Storybound Series

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Gr 5-8-In Storybound (HarperCollins, 2012), 12-year-old Una Fairchild discovers a book that serves as a portal to the land of Story, which is populated by heroes, heroines, princesses in distress, knights in shining armor, wizards, fairies, dragons, and magical spells. Characters like Una who are transported into Story from the land of Readers are called the Written Ins. A foster child, Una has always wondered what happened to her parents and sadly discovers that they were characters in Story who were far from being the good guys. In this book, Una is back in the land of Story, printing broadsides that announce the discovery of the Enemy's evil plot to overtake it. She and her friends send out a call to arms, asking all the characters to join in the resistance movement so that the king of long ago can return and "happily ever after" can once again exist. In this story within a story, Una discovers the magic that runs through her veins and plays a critical role in righting past wrongs. Fans of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart (Scholastic, 2002) will undoubtedly notice the similarities, and some might even compare the series to Carla Jablonski and D. J. MacHale's "The Travelers" books (S & S). There is enough action to interest reluctant readers.-Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This sequel to Storybound (2012) hits the ground running, as the Enemy—Fidelus, an evil Muse, and Duessa, the Red Enchantress—plots “The End” of Story. If Fidelus and Duessa find the three Elements, they can use them to obliterate the old Tale and write it anew. Meanwhile, Peter, Indy, and the rest of the Resistance, including the Enemy’s daughter, Una, are gathering forces to fight for Story, while the true king is rumored to have returned. Yes, there are a lot of compelling plotlines, and the book ends with an all-out bang. Readers will do best to start with Storybound; otherwise, Burt’s complex world may be too fuzzy to grasp. Grades 4-7. --Ann Kelley
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Storybound (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062020544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062020543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading this book out loud to my 8 year old son and 11 year old daughter. We've spent the last week racing to bed time so we could read the story together. We loved every second of and feel some sadness that the tail of Una Fairchild is finished. What will we read next? We're not sure but we know any story will have a hard time comparing to story bound and Story's End.
"I liked how it had some realistic facts - like that there is an Enemy/Deciever out to ruin lives and the anticipation of a returning King who will make everything right." Quote from My son Logan 8 years old.
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Like the subject line says, I thought the idea was intriguing, but on the whole the story just didn't really engage me. Whereas I'm normally the kind of reader that stays up until all hours of the night (or morning, as the case may be) and can't bear to put a book down to eat or use the bathroom, this book didn't rivet me enough to make me miss a meal, lose sleep, or hold it.

I have a hard time putting my finger on exactly what didn't work for me, but I think a lot of it was that I just didn't feel very drawn into the story...where the idea was interesting, the execution was flat, DOA. It was plotted well enough to get me through it, but the pacing was slow, and the characters relatively undeveloped. Oh, sure, they had some "backstory," but they weren't--for the most part--rich, interesting, nuanced characters. This was true with the exception of Kai, Indie, Snow, Snow's Mother, and the Red Enchantress...all supporting characters. Una and Peter, the two characters the story starts out with way back in book 1 become largely cardboard cut-outs by the end of book 2, just going through the motions required by the plot. I would have been happier if Una had been Written Out shortly after she was Written In and the story focused on everyone else.

I found myself wishing the book had been rewritten to focus on Snow, her Mother, the Muses, the Enchantress, and all the elements that the author infused with excitement. It was weird, really, but it was a book (and series) filled with extremes: some parts and characters were fun and well written, whereas others were bland and took effort to get through. Those were normally the parts that I found myself putting the book down and going to do other things.
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I originally got Storybound as a free offer for my 8yo daughter's e-reader. I'd read a chapter each night as her bedtime story, but I found myself reading ahead a lot, just to see what happens next. When we finished, I bought Story's End so we could continue. This time, she was the one reading ahead! I had to go back and re-read the book because I couldn't keep up with her. She LOVED it!! With an interesting plot, characters with depth to them, and a suspenseful pace, there's enough to this YA lit book to keep readers of any age happy.
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This is even better than the last book.

The enemy is back and the characters go dangerous places, meet,horrifying people, make new friends, and make shocking discoveries.

But, when the elements get involved, characters are in danger of being written out of story.

I loved this book.This was a great book and I couldn't stop reading it.

I couldn't ask for a better book.
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Marissa Burt (author) does a beautiful job bringing to life a world based on a novel idea. By this book she has stopped changing perspective quite so often, and the increased amount of context has made the story more clear.

This is the sequel to Storybound and starts where that book leaves off. Neither book will make much sense without the other.
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I'm reading this aloud to my two children, who love stories with a "fairy tale" theme. They LOVED the Heroes Guide series. They also enjoyed the "Land of Stories" by Chris Colfer (although I was slowly driven mad by the terrible dialogue writing!)

This one is a bit slow paced, and they are losing interest. I find I have to read several chapters a night, or s edit out a bit to move things along. We are halfway through, hope we make it.
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Burt, Marissa. Story's End. Harper. 2013.

This review is also posted on <a href="http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com">Get Kids to Read</a>

Storybound by Marissa Burt is essential to read before reading Story's End. It is a two part series that only work as two parts of a whole. But as an entire whole they work tremendously. Una is a girl who loves to read and has been "written in" to the world of story. She is from the readers world and finds this world of story where every story character has more story than readers ever know.
When she accidentally releases the Enemy of Story, he begins the plans for Story's End. As the hero of the series it is up to Una to stop him.
This is where Story's End picks up and races toward the ending. Story's End is filled with the same magic that made Storybound great. I highly recommend this book for all fans of Storybound but also fans of Inkheart, Land of Stories and ABC's Once Upon a Time.
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