I really, really, really wanted to love Storybound. It had all the elements of a great story, but for me, something just didn’t quite click for me. Summary from 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.’
The thing that SO frustrated me about this book was that I absolutely adored some parts of it (Una, Peter, and the action packed plot) but there were some parts that made me feel a bit Blergh. Although it’s quite a long book I wish more plot devices had been revealed in a slower and more subtle way – sometimes that twists were just so in your face you could see them coming.
One of the main things that I LOVED about this book was Una – it is great having a strong female character and Una was really well developed. I also really enjoyed the alternative perspective of Snow as well. However, I do think that some of the other characters weren’t as well developed, and I would loved to have seen less characters that are perhaps more fleshed out.
The plot was also another thing I enjoyed – something was always happening to move the plot along, there were some great tidbits and surprises – especially at the end, which did make me what to find out what happens next. However, the plot did feel rather simplified, and I think the explanation of why Una was in Story wasn’t plausible!! This really frustrated me and I think is part of the reason why I didn’t warm to the story. However, again the story was entertaining and fun and erghh…I really LOVE a lot of Storybound but some aspects just put me off!!
However, I am really intrigued to read the sequel. The ending of Storybound was satisfying but still open ended and I hate not finishing series.
I am currently recovering from a operation so am reading a TONNE!! Hopefully the blog will be back to normal soon, so bare with me!! Hope everyone’s having a lovely weekend!!