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REVIEW: Storybound by Marissa Burt

on March 23, 2012


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….

With the timeless appeal of books like A Wrinkle in Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound has all the makings of a new classic. Brimming with fantastical creatures, magical adventure, and heart-stopping twists, Storybound will leave readers wishing they too could jump through the pages into this enchanting fairy-tale world.


I was so excited when I opened a package this week and found Storybound inside.  I am a big fan of the new shows Grimm and Once Upon A Time, so I was excited to read a story about Fairy Tales.

Some parts of the book, and the land of Story were adorable! Talking cats, comfy cottages, ladies in training, and a boarding school that reminded me of Hogwarts for Fairy Tales.

Unfortunately, I found that there were just too many plot twists. This book is over 400 pages and I thought it could have easily been scaled down to the 300 page range. I wish Burt chose one plot, and spaced the twists into additional books in the series.

I also thought there were too many undeveloped characters, and I found myself not caring about a lot of the fates of these minor characters.  The two main characters, Peter and Una, were adorable. Other characters like Snow and the Muses fell short in my opinion.

All in all, I did enjoy this book and the genre.  It’s always fun to get swept into a fairy tale, no matter what your age.  I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy and fairy tales.

A three cupcake read.


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