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Storybound, By Marissa Burt: HarperCollins Children's Books

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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. 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. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Kids' Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 7. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview 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.

Product Details About the Author. Age Range: 8 - 12 Years. About the Author Marissa Burt was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class. Average Review. It's Peter's detention the next morning that brings the next clue when Red appears and threatens Mr. Then Peter and Una discover the Resistance, the return of the King, and that perhaps the Muses aren't really gone. The Characters Una Fairchild has been in foster care and seen too many different foster homes for all she can remember of her life.

McDonough 's is the best place she's been yet because she ignores Una and Una can be alone. Really alone. Peter Merriweather is one of the students at St. Anselm's and he's taking his hero's practical when Una falls into his and Snow's test. He takes Una home to visit his family one weekend. There's Oliver the youngest brother, Rosemary the baby, Bastian and Rufus are ten and seven, Trix the cook , and his parents.

Snow Wooton is another student and she's playing the role of the Lady I think she needs more work on the "lady" part. The forest creatures who are forced to work for her can certainly attest to that! For some reason she doesn't live with her mother, but with her Aunt Becky and uncle who treat her very poorlyalmost Cinderella-ish. Horace Wooton is her nasty little cousin. Sam is the talking cat Una rescues from a nasty group of boys. Wilfred Truepenny with his son Endeavor. Griselda is a dryad who has lost her tree. The instructors include Professor Edenberry who is Outdoor Experiential Questing; Professor Thornhill is Snow's extremely detached mother and in charge of Villainythe test on the villain's laugh had potential; Professor Roderick is Heroics; and, Mrs.

Underwood is a substitute; Archimago Mores is the hero who stopped the Muses and saved Story from their evil plotting. Fidelus was one of the Muses and he didn't want to lose his power and become less. Muses create the books of the stories. Characters can only be Written In by the Muses and with the current climate of feeling, this is a very bad thing. Talekeepers keep the existing stock of books in a vault to keep them safe while the Tale Master, Mr. Elton , has put a spell on them to prevent anyone from reading them.

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Elton is also forcing Snow to spy on Una. Red , a. The Cover The cover has a textured burgundy background which is the least of it. The blue-silver vine border simply ties together the title, author's name, and the oval frame which cannot hold the gigantic tree that is spilling forth out of the oval.

A tree that is lit up with fairy lights, hosting small critters in its branches, and a beautiful pair of double doors that are either engraved metal panels or etched glass. Larger lights are on either side and above the doors welcoming Peter, Sam and Una as they walk up the steps to find dinner. We are indeed Storybound , bound for the land of Story where, at least, the characters originate. Nov 12, Oceana rated it liked it. This book is about a girl named Una, who became a WI someone written into the stories, the WIs were all killed and haven't appeared in years in the story.

She was just a normal girl who is immersive in reading everyday. She was sitting in the corner of the library enjoying her time, suddenly, she was written into the book she was reading. Second time she woke up, she found herself in a exam, and met Peter, who helped the way back home. This is a fantasy and adventure book. Originally reviewed here.

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And then one day, reading your script for the next episode, you realize something horrible. Written out! How much does that feeling suck? One day, while reading, you find yourself suddenly dis Originally reviewed here. One day, while reading, you find yourself suddenly displaced and surrounded by…well…the story. Written in! Is that feeling not as elating as the feeling of being written out was crappy? 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.

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. The land of the Readers. Like the one where Una had come from. Like home.

Some believe that the Muses are still out there, and that a King will someday return to rule Story, while others jostle for power over the people. There were many good aspects of Storybound. Marissa Burt cleverly took elements of two trends that are currently very popular—fairy tale retellings and dystopias—and utilized them in a unique way. The political situation in Story is very like that we see in a dystopian novel.

Knowledge is being kept from the masses as a form of control, an inevitable underground rebellion is forming, you know the drill. Match that with the twist of a world where people are raised to perform as the fairy tale characters we all know and love, and you have some fantastic story elements.

I understand the concept of putting up a mean front as a shield, but not in this way when alone with someone you both genuinely like and need to succeed for a passing grade to achieve your goals. Then, for a logic example, there is a point during another observed exam, where Una is careful of what she says, knowing it will be recorded, but not careful about what she does. Are actions not recorded as well? Also, when Una is first written in to Story, she is wearing a cape and wielding a knife, and never really seems to bat an eye about this.

Where do these objects come from? Too much about Storybound was inconsistent, or unexplained for me. I think the difference between an okay story and a great story is the ability to evoke emotion in readers, and immerse them in a way that makes them feel part of the story. Ironically, I did not feel like I was in any way written in to Storybound. May 13, Carina Olsen rated it really liked it. I knew I needed this book when I saw the cover. And especially when I read the summary. I have started to love middle grade books a whole lot lately.

Just love reading them so much. Before I managed to order it, though, I won a signed copy! And I was so happy about that :D Won lots of other swag too, that I love way too much. It arrived this week; and I just needed to read it right away. I'm glad I did. I fell in love with this book right away. Just like I knew I would. The writing is I knew I needed this book when I saw the cover. The writing is perfect, the characters are amazing, and the story is stunning. A perfect middle grade fantasy book.

It has it all. Action, suspense, adventure, sweet moments. And bad moments. I mostly loved this book, though. I'm not sure how to talk about this book without spoiling it. And I don't want to do that. Storybound is like a fairytale. Well, it is a Story. And Story is it's own land different from our land. Don't wanna spoil it, but it is amazing. It is beautiful there. And so different. But so good and amazing and exciting. It is fun to read about. But also a bit sad. Mostly exciting, though. There is so much to learn. Won't talk more about the plot; since you can read the summary.

It is one of the things that made me love it. Because the characters are very lovable. Every one. Well, except for the bad guys. But those don't count :D First there is Una. The main character. And she is adorable. She is a child, but I loved her. She seems older at times, but sometimes a child ;p But even so. She is broken. In a way. She is sad and lonely and my heart broke so much for her.

But she is also really kind and sweet and strong in her own way. And brave. She is an amazing character. The first friend she makes is Peter. And omg. I loved Peter. Wish he was a bit older; but I still loved him so much. He is kind and sweet and strong and amazing. He is perfect. And I kept wishing for a romance between him and Una. And that is probably silly of me; since they are about twelve years old. A But then. I at least wanted them to be more than friends. But I adored their friendship.

It was so cute and real. Then there is Sam; the talking cat. He was awesome. A bit different, but so sweet. Loved him. Then there was Snow. She seemed so mean, but I loved her. Because she too was broken. As was her mother. And it was all just so horrible. Because something happens, and then the book ends end we never find out what happened next. And I just need to know what happens. I need to know. Really need to. Still, I loved it all. These characters made the story so good.

But then there was Indy. We knew about him near the end. And I hated him from the beginning. I shouldn't have. Probably not. But I felt like he was stealing Una away from Peter.

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  6. It felt like such a love triangle. Even though it is a middle grade book with no romance. But I still felt it. Because Una seems more aware of Indy and I am hating it. And I just cannot stop thinking about it, and it is making me so sad. Just wish it won't be so. I need Una and Peter back together.

    As best friends, at least. Without Indy being there. I really loved this book. It is cute, and exciting, and sad. It has some really heartbreaking moments. But I loved them all. It is a must read book. You will not regret it. I know this review is shorter than the ones I have written these past weeks o. O But I just can't figure out what else to say about this book. I just loved it. And I don't want to spoil it. Storybound is an magical book. Well, except the romance since it's a middle grade book ;p But I loved it, still.

    I was both right and wrong. While Una Fairchild is indeed sucked into the world of Story, she doesn't run into any fairy tale characters. The princes and princesses and villains of the fairy tales we know and love did in fact live and exist at one point in time, but long before Una arrived in Story. Now, everyone trains to be characters, taking classes such as Villainy and Heroics. They can train to be heroes, villains, princesses, ladies, sidekicks, etc. Even animals get to train and go to school to learn how to be characters.

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    Like in Narnia, there are both smart and dumb animals in the world of Story. I'd loved this creative spin on storybook characters. I'm super excited to share this book with you, so please come back next Friday! Having read BETWEEN THE LINES first, the concept of storybook characters coming to life and being different outside the story wasn't a novel concept to me, though the way the two books explore the theme is completely different, and both are captivating in their own way. I thought that concept was unique, and was eager to see the topics they studied, much as I enjoy sitting in on Spy Classes whenever I read Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls books.

    It's always fun to see something so supremely different from our own mundane classes. From the get-go, the story is fraught with danger. Upon realizing that Una is from the world of Readers and has been Written In, training hero Peter tries his best to keep the truth from The Talekeepers, who have the power to wipe a WI out of existence.

    Ever since the Muses were overthrown, there have been no newly-written stories, and not Written In characters. Una's very existence in the world of Story is a dangerous one. As Una and Peter research how Una came to be in Story, they discover a sinister plot that will change the fundamental world of Story. The book takes a dark turn that will leave readers surging ahead to see what happens next.

    I was impressed with the world-building and the way characters aren't always as they seem. I can't wait to see the development of certain characters continue in the next book. I'm also impressed with the way Marissa Burt reveals how and why Una came to be in Story. It wasn't anything I expected, and the answer isn't like anything I can recall seeing. It is, however, impressive that Burt goes where she does to create this answer, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! Oct 09, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: arc-tour , april One of the main reasons I wanted to read the book was because it is a MG book, and I have a 9 year old son who is really into reading.


    I was hoping that we could read and review the book jointly. But the book is quite big, pages, and he wasn't able to read it in the time I was allotted before I had to send it on to the next person in the tour. And I would have liked his perspective because while I really enjoyed certain aspects of Storybound, it unfortunately didn't pan out to be the book I had hoped for. So let's hit the parts I enjoyed first, then I'll present the other side: The premise of this book, a lonely bookish girl who has been moved in and out of foster homes her whole life, finds herself magically transported to the world of Story where all the characters in our favorite stories live studying and training to be the heroes, villains and monsters that we read about in our world.

    The MC, Una, has been Written In, meaning someone from Story has found a way to write her into a story and bring her over. This is something that hasn't been done for as long as anyone can remember, and presents one of many mysteries Una must try to unravel in order to return home to the "real" world. While being transported to a fantasy world may not be original, the concept of being Written In and Written Out is. I thought this was pretty clever and really admire Burt's imaginative ideas.

    The world of Story was pretty cool as well. The characters in Story were divided by genre, there were people from Fantasy, Modern and so on. We are fist introduced to Peter, a would be hero, and Snow, a lady in training. Along the way we meet other cast members including talking cats, evil villains, and witches.

    My favorite character, and perhaps the most mysterious, was Endeavor Truepenny. If only he wasn't nicknamed Indy. No one other than Harrison Ford should ever be called that. This story had a lot of twists and turns in it, and I will say that when the largest twist was revealed near the end, I was genuinely surprised. This book is in some ways comparable to the Harry Potter novels in that it's not dumbed down for the young reader, for whom it is marketed.

    It takes on some complicated issues and assumes rightly so in my opinion that the MG reader can handle it. And it does this by putting that reader is a setting they most often like reading about, a fantasy setting with magic and curses and powers of good versus powers of evil. Read More Aug 02, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in I always love stories that take you back to your childhood.

    Fairy tale spin-offs and retellings certainly do that. Storybound is not your every day, run of the mill retelling, either. Have you ever finished reading a book and wished that you could keep going? Ever wish you could meet your favorite characters from your favorite books? Storybound takes that idea and runs with it. There are two worlds out there — the land of Readers that's us and the land of Story. Children in Story learn you I always love stories that take you back to your childhood.

    Children in Story learn your basic how-tos for everyday character training, as well as specialize in things such as how to become a Hero, a Lady, or a dastardly Villain. In the land of Readers, there's a very special girl, Una, who's magically transported to Story by being Written In. Marissa Burt did a fantastic job with the worldbuilding within this story. I thought I might get confused a bit, but she laid out everything very clearly, so there wasn't much confusion. Not only did you get a true sense of what Story was like, you got some great backstory to help you frame everything.

    The characters were also great. There wasn't a sterotypical character among them; everyone was very layered and nuanced. Usually, weird names kind of irk me, but the names of the characters all seemed to go with their personalities exactly, and truly made them who they were. We're introduced to Una Fairchild, a child from our world, Peter, her Hero, and a colorful cast of supporting characters.

    There's mean girl-in-Lady-training Snow, the talking cat Sam, and a whole host of funny, quirky professors. Peter's parents also appear, which made me happy. I feel like fairy tales are something that families can read together, and I was glad to see a happy, close knit family in the land of Story as well. The plot of the book was something that I did not expect. I figured it would be all about how Una and Peter tried to get Una home again.

    True, there is that, but there's so much more.