Storybound (Storybound #1)
by Marissa Burt
published by Harper Collin's
genre: MG, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
My Thoughts: This book starts with Una in the "real" world, trying to get through the day when she finds someone is sitting in her spot in the library. After finding a new spot and mysterious book that is about her, another run in with the stranger where she wakes up in Story. We don't really get much about who sent her to Story or how (only why). This is really when the story begins.
The author did a great job creating a world (Story) that trains all the characters in your favorite books. I liked how the places they came from were based on their story genre and you could tell by what they were wearing.
Una is an interesting character. She's trying to figure out why she was Written In as well as what really happened between the Muses and the first Tale Keeper. Along with Peter (hero) and Sam (talking cat) they try to piece together the real story based on scraps of info and stolen books.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. There is a character for just about everyone and a setting to go with them. I'm interested in finding out more about Una and The Muses (all of them) and what happens next. While a lot was found out I didn't feel as if anything was resolved. This was a definite to be continued type book. Luckily, the second book, Story's End, came out in April so I don't have to wait,