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The writing wasn't impressing me, and it never really got past "passable" for me, but it did show a slight uptick when Una actually made it to Story. Unfortunately, that only made it all the more jarring.

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There needed to be more build-up and characterization. It felt as if the author wanted to rush through the boring bits as soon as possible. Those boring bits, however, usually serve a purpose. From here, Una goes from being a stereotype quiet bookworm to being snarky and adventurous. That's the purpose of those boring bits - if she was meant to be like that all along, then perhaps following her around a bit in the "real world" would have been helpful.

Una meets Peter, the other lead character, and finds out that people such as herself - "Written In Characters", or WICs - are not well-liked, to put it mildly.

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There was a war a long time ago, when the Muses who bound tales and guarded over Story broke their oaths. A Hero character got rid of the Muses and now books are banned.

But it turns out the Muses aren't dead, they're all in books that - you know what? This is really confusing.

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It's also given to you in one big rush, when ideally Una could have slowly started to understand the world herself, rather than an exposition dump. The second problem with this is that Una, and by extension the reader, learns all of this fairly early - again, those boring bits where we get to slowly learn the world are fairly important, it turns out. Burt clearly was pushing for some satirical notes on censorship, tropes, etc. Satire needs to be sharp and clear for it to work, and some of this felt like a great idea, but just never quite delivered.

There were some parts that worked. The scene in the beginning with Lady Snow unconcernedly filing her nails while Peter fights a dragon is pretty funny, but moments like that were too few and too far between. I'm a soft touch, however, and I probably still would have given this book three stars if it hadn't been for the ending. My suspicions were aroused when I noticed that I only had about forty pages to go, and things seemed to be heating up rather than wrapping up.

A certain wary dread began to build in me. Thirty pages. And finally, the words I hate more than anything else: "To be continued It has a beginning and an end. When I pick up a book, I expect it to be finished.

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It may have some loose ends, it may leave itself open to a sequel, but the plot that I've been reading for the past two hours better have some sort of resolution - not a cheap trick designed to have readers buy into the sequel. If I like an author, or a story, I will seek out that sequel on my own.

Authors who do things like the dreaded, "To Be Continued That "ending" annoyed me so much that I have no interest in checking out the sequel. The jumbled, chaotic mess of a plot, the lack of proper pacing, and the misnomer of an "ending" managed to ruin this book for me. As for the sequel? I'll pass. I think the characters drag on the plot a bit.

The storyline and concept are fascinating. Shy, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild is suddenly transported by a mysterious book into the Land of Story, where characters from books hope to be cast into a tale of their own, and Una attends the Perrault Academy while trying to discover why she is there. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Storybound by Marissa Burt Series: Storybound 1. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 13 61, 3.

Add to Your books. Add to wishlist. No current Talk conversations about this book. In the land of Story, kids go to school to learn to be a brave Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. Una Fairchild is the quintessential outsider.


Mootastic1 Jan 15, Una Fairchild is the quintessential bookish wallflower, until she one day is transported into a book and finds herself at a school in the Land of Story, where characters take classes in Villainy and Questing and tales come to life. Interesting book, not my favorite characters. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Storybound 1. References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in English None. Book description 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.

As she digs deep into Story's shadowy past, Una realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined—and it may be up to her to save it.

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