Author- Marissa Burt.
Publish Date- April 2012.
Publisher- Harper Collins US.
Now for the review...
Una Fairchild has spent her 12 years being carted from foster parent to foster parent, none who ever embrace her of welcome her into their homes. She can only find solace, peace and happiness in the pages of books, which she devours and tries to spend all her time reading, loosing herself in other worlds where she could be happy.
Then one day she actually does fall into a book- she soon finds herself in the land of Story, a magical place where the people who live there learn to be hero's, villians, wizards or traitors.
But there is a dark and unraveling secret brooding behind the scenes, leaving Una, with the help of a boy called Peter, who soon becomes her best friend, and a cat called Sam, to find out the mystery of the dark days of story- all the while trying to hide the fact that she was written in and trying to find her place in a world she feels so at home in...
Thank you to Marissa Burt and her agent for sending out this ARC!
What I thought:
I was immediately captured by Storybound, the story of a girl who doesn't know where she fits in and finds herself in a world quite unlike the one she grew up in, happier than she has ever been- it has been cited as being a mixture of Inkheart and The Never Ending Story, and though I haven't read (or watched, at least for for 9+ years, which is enough time to make my memory go foggy) the latter, I can definitely agree that it has the same magical and thrilling qualitys of the Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke, though it is only sharing some of the feelings you get as you read it, other then that, this is a book totally of it's own kind and impossibly thrilling.
Una is a most loveable, and at times fiesty, heroine and I connected with her at once- Peter, a hero in training, is a terrific character too, but he didn't speak to me so much as Sam, the brilliant talking cat, did.
The darkness surrounding the land of Story keeps the reader on their toes, wondering what will happen next, and the cliffhanger of an ending has certainly got me ready for book 2!
I loved this book!