Storybound by Marissa Burt

64%

13 Critic Reviews

While the novel doesn’t reach the heights to which it clearly aspires... its high concept could have cinematic potential, with deeper character development and less contrivance.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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. But instead of paging through a regular novel, Una suddenly finds herself Written In to the land of Story—a world filled with Heroes and Villains and fairy-tale characters.

But not everything in Story is as magical as it seems. Una must figure out why she has been Written In—and fast—before anyone else discovers her secret. Together with her new friend Peter and a talking cat named Sam, Una digs deep into Story's shadowy past. 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.

 

About Marissa Burt

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Marissa Burt was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class. She grew up in Oregon, and drifted eastward through Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, and South Carolina before coming back to the Seattle area with her husband and three sons. She is also the author of Storybound. You can visit Marissa online at www.marissaburt.com and follow her on Twitter @marissaburt.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by HarperCollins. 416 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Storybound
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 01 2012

While the novel doesn’t reach the heights to which it clearly aspires... its high concept could have cinematic potential, with deeper character development and less contrivance.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Burt’s concept isn’t unique, but her strong writing and interesting characters make Una’s journey enjoyable.

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Bookalicious

Excellent
Reviewed by Tara on Mar 27 2012

Any lover of fairy tales is bound to enjoy Storybound by Marissa Burt.

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Story Snoops

Good

Filled with adventure, it is a page-turner with fun fairy-tale elements to it.

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Kathy Takes on Books

Below average
May 01 2012

It’s more that Storybound has some great bones, but Burt didn’t bother to flesh them out.

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Manga Maniac Cafe

Good
Reviewed by Julie on May 11 2012

Another thing that I love is convincing character development – Storybound has it in spades.

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The Hiding Spot

Below average
Reviewed by Sara on May 04 2012

There was so much going on and so many new characters popping up that I sometimes struggled to understand why particular twists were necessary.

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Rondo of a Possible World

Good
Apr 04 2012

The story was addicting, the characters adventurous and bold, the plot rich and adorable.

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Books and Quilts

Above average
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 18 2012

This would be a wonderful story to read with your pre-teen. The cast of characters is quite diverse with heroes, villains, talking animals and ladies in need of rescue, and don't forget Una, who is quite capable of rescuing others.

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Bibliophilic Monologues

Good
Mar 28 2012

Burt knows how to keep the balance between imagery and action...

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A Backwards Story

Good

I'd loved this creative spin on storybook characters.

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Books 4 Learning

Good
Jun 08 2012

It did not take me long to become captivated with Storybound.

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What Will This Day Be Like?

Below average
Reviewed by Lauren on May 24 2012

Unfortunately, it was kind of a snooze-fest.

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