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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,087 ratings  ·  524 reviews
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 cha
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Harper Collins Children's
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rebekah daily Not exactly. I’ve read both, and I really liked each of them. It has a similar idea, but they go in different directions. I think if you liked the lan…moreNot exactly. I’ve read both, and I really liked each of them. It has a similar idea, but they go in different directions. I think if you liked the land of stories, you’ll enjoy it, but also find a completely different story.(less)

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May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ve heard people comparing Storybound to books like the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke and I think it’s an apt comparison because like Inkheart, Storybound, too, crosses several boundaries and blurs several lines between fiction and reality. However, unlike the Inkheart series, I found that, as a matter of personal taste, Storybound seems more relatable and accessible. But that’s not really the point. The objective here is to tell you that Storybound is an exciting middlegrade debut by an au ...more
Jill Furedy
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Oh no...I had a bad feeling this book couldn't possibly wrap up everything, but to end with 'to be continued..." was really annoying. I love fairy tale books, like the similar ideas of Inkspell and Neverending story (book and movie!) really liked the twist on those concepts and so ordered it in. My husband picked it up looking for an easy read as opposed to the textbooks for his masters program, and only got about 50 pages in before he gave it back to me and told me it was too silly. We don't al ...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originaly reviewed here

Be prepared for a review where I squash any negativity regarding this book and sing its praises at the top of my metaphorical mountain!

Una is a child who doesn’t quite fit in. In fact, she feels as if she is an invisible being who even her teachers don’t see. That’s why she hides in the basement; she goes to her quiet corner and reads books that take her away from the drudgery of her daily life. That is, until the day that she finds a book entitled “The Tale of Una Fairchi
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel!
There's so much to enjoy here--the characters, the setting, the themes, the dialogue... the food!

I enjoyed the way the story unfolds, with a few serious, unexpected plot twists. One twist in particular is so good that it's really hard to recommend the book to a friend without wanting to spill the beans. I won't spill it here, but I love the way that particular twist takes a fun, fanciful tale and leads the reader to ponder issues of identity and relationship from unexpected angles.

Plus there's
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Storybound by Marissa Burt is the perfect book for lovers of middle grade fantasy and adventure. From the first few chapters, the reader will be sucked into the land of Story, just as Una Fairchild is.

Marissa Burt did a great job building the characters in Storybound. There were a lot of characters, but none of them ended up falling flat – each had their own story to add. Una Fairchild, the confused protagonist lost in a strange wo
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I loved this middle grade book! The story swept me away to another world right from the beginning! Una finds a book and opens it. Inside it says The Tale of Una Fairchild. That is her! She begins to read the book and soon she finds herself in the story! I love the land of Story and all of the characters who live there! The element of mystery was wonderful and I found myself reading and reading! For a 400 plus page book, it went by so fast! There was a twist that I never saw coming and endearing ...more
Heather Pearson
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
It was a real treat to read Storybound by Marissa Burt. This YA novel is currently unlocked and the entire text is available to be read on the HarperCollins website. HarperCollins Canada HarperCollins USA Choose the appropriate site and start reading today.

Una is a foster child who has no idea of her history. All she knows is that she has lived in a lot of families yet not been considered a part of any of them. She feels invisible at home and at school. To escape the torments of school, she see
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Inkheart and The Neverending Story.
Recommended to Heidi by: Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed here.

Imagine you’re an actor on a long standing television series. Life is good, you have steady work, a steady paycheck, and you’ve gotten to know your character pretty well. And then one day, reading your script for the next episode, you realize something horrible. You’re being written out. Written out! You’re done. How much does that feeling suck?

Now, imagine that you’re a book lover going about your everyday business. One day, while reading, you find yourself suddenly dis
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THREE WORDS: a Fantasically Enchanting Adventure

MY REVIEW: Marissa Burt’s Storybound has enchanted me so completely! This book swept me away on a grand and epic adventure filled with edge of your seat action, fascinating characters, and a wonderfully whimsical world.

Twelve-year old Una Fairchild has never felt like she fits in, not at school or in the various foster homes she’s been through, and when she’s magically pulled into a mysterious book and into the world of Story, Una believes she’s on
Emily Banks
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Storybound gives a fun and unique take on how all of our favorite stories have been created: from Fairy Tales to Pirate Lore to Cowboy Westerns. They're all created in the world of Story. When a girl from our world enters Story, however, everything begins to change. Una Fairchild finds herself transported from her school to a school in Story, where her fellow students are training to become characters: Heroes, Villains, Ladies, even Sidekicks and Beasts. She must learn who to trust as she tries ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: MG fantasy fans
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
3.5 stars.

Favorite aspects: Heroics practical, Villainy practical, Snow, Professor Thornhill, atmosphere, friendships, WIs, etc.

The atmosphere of the book, as stated above, was one of my favorite things. The fairytale world, the characters within, and the overlying storyline of the Muses and their books, are all nicely woven together with likable characters throughout, a pinch of humor, a smidgen of suspense, and a hint of things to come.

I absolutely LOVED getting into Snow's head. I am sensing
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Una felt invisible to the world, and life as a foster child only accentuated how much she could phase out. Her favorite place is the school library where she can escape the feeling of invisibility and get lost in a different world every time she opened a book.
One day instead of getting lost in a book she gets sucked into one, here starts the story of Una in the land of Story where kids her age study to become characters of stories we grew to love. Now she must learn not to stand out, be
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Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I thought that since it said Neverending Story on the back, that I would NOT like it. Because I thought the movie (I think that's what it was) for the Neverending Story was weird and annoying. But when I finally got past the beginning and all the boring stuff and it got to the action I really liked it! It was kinda cheesy how the main girl's name is Una Fairchild... like, that's kinda weird. But the character in general was cool. She was brave, smart, kind, and clever, and she always ca ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all....Dammit! The sequel to this book doesn't even come out until next April. That said, I thought the idea for this story was very interesting. A girl pulled into a world where storybook characters practice to become the characters that we, in the world of Readers, read about everyday. The beginning is alittle slow and I wish there was more to Una's backstory that is available in the beginning other than "Oh she's an orphan and has had terrible foster homes and hides in the library ba ...more
Faith M:)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book very much! You really get sucked into the story! It reminded me a little bit of an allegory, and it also ends on a big cliff-hanger! Once you start reading this book, you won’t want to stop!
Kathy Davie
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
First in the Storybound fantasy series for children.

My Take
Burt has a cute idea here that I would have enjoyed more if she'd been a bit more intelligent with it. There were too many spots where I felt Burt was being condescending. I think Burt is hoping to create the next Harry Potter with this, but the story is too simplistic and doesn't provide enough credit to children's intelligence. The drama is there, but there's no depth to it. It's more that Storybound has some great bones, but Burt did
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Una, who became a WI (someone written into the stories, the WIs were all killed and haven't appeared in years) in the story. She was just a normal girl who is immersive in reading everyday. She was sitting in the corner of the library enjoying her time, suddenly, she was written into the book she was reading. Second time she woke up, she found herself in a exam, and met Peter, who helped the way back home. This is a fantasy and adventure book. ...more
Carina Olsen
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I knew I needed this book when I saw the cover. And especially when I read the summary. I have started to love middle grade books a whole lot lately. Just love reading them so much. Before I managed to order it, though, I won a signed copy! And I was so happy about that :D Won lots of other swag too, that I love way too much. It arrived this week; and I just needed to read it right away. I'm glad I did. :) Mostly.

I fell in love with this book right away. Just like I knew I would. The writing is
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
When I first picked up STORYBOUND, I labored under the misconception that a girl from our world finds a book and is sucked into a world full of fairy tales. I was both right and wrong. While Una Fairchild is indeed sucked into the world of Story, she doesn't run into any fairy tale characters. The princes and princesses and villains of the fairy tales we know and love did in fact live and exist at one point in time, but long before Una arrived in Story. Now, everyone trains to be characters, tak ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: april-2012, arc-tour
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Storybound by Marissa Burt was the first book I was sent to review as part of the DAC ARC Tour, so I was doubly excited when the book arrived, straight from the author with a very cute owl-themed note card saying hello. One of the main reasons I wanted to read the book was because it is a MG book, and I have a 9 year old son who is really into reading. I was hoping that we could read and review the book jointly. But the book is quite big, 4
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I always love stories that take you back to your childhood. Fairy tale spin-offs and retellings certainly do that. Storybound is not your every day, run of the mill retelling, either. Have you ever finished reading a book and wished that you could keep going? Ever wish you could meet your favorite characters from your favorite books? Storybound takes that idea and runs with it.

There are two worlds out there – the land of Readers (that's us) and the land of Story. Children in Story learn you
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews

Diversity is my middle name, and reading a Middle Grade novel seemed like a turn in the right direction for me. Too much dystopian novels within the YA genre brought me at the doorstep of this wonderful piece of literature. I must give a big thanks to Lisa and Tara over a DAC ARC Tours for allowing me the chance to read this book because I enjoyed the magical story that Marissa Burt weaved before me.

I adore fairy tales. End of story. So
Once upon a time there was a very sweet read with lots of fairy-magic in it...

One thing is for sure: I fell in love with this book when I found it here on goodreads and read the description. I love fairy tales, and books who deal with hose fairytales. Also, the cover of this novel is very nice as well and fits the story perfectly.
But I grew sceptical when I read the agerecommondation on amazon, and when I saw how large the font size was. But I started it right away and I loved it.

Storybound tel
Sara Grochowski
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fantastic storytelling, a creative premise, and smart dialogue collide in Marissa Burt's Storybound.

Una is a captivating main character that any young reader will identify with... and maybe even wish to switch places with. She's is a smart, sassy young girl that fits into the world of Story surprisingly well... though I have a feeling many bookish people would. I liked that Una quickly got over the "this isn't possible!" phase and moved into the "let's kick some butt" phase. Una - and the reade
Adam Silvera

With fairy tale retellings trending in books and television, debut author Marissa Burt's Storybound, with its metafictional humor, makes a terrific addition to the genre.

Twelve-year-old orphan Una Fairchild finds a book in the basement of her school library called The Tale of Una Fairchild. Soon, she finds herself pulled from the land of Readers into the land of Story, where she meets young Lord Peter, a Hero-in-training she was previously reading about. I
Dorine White
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Time for a great middle grade read, Storybound by Marissa Burt. Published by Harper, it will hit shelves next week on April 3, 2012.

The Story- Welcome to the land of Story, where children are raised to fill a role in literature. Will one become a hero, a villain, a princess, who knows? Twelve year old Una Fairchild is sucked from our world, into theirs, and is immediately thrown into danger.

Una is befriended by a hero in training named Peter. Together, they try to find out how Una was written in
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Ohhh, the deliciousness of finding a book that when you finish it you can't wait for the next installment! Delightful. Fans of Inkheart, the Emerald Atlas, and dare I say Harry Potter, are in for a treat with this great debut novel by Seattle author Marissa Burt. Una is the kind of girl no one notices or sees...she lives in foster care and spends her lunches eating alone reading a book in the 300-400's at her library. Until, one day, when she finds herself in a a story-book world where the entir ...more
I'm REALLY happy that this book has a girl heroine. Like, super HAPPY! Woo-hoo!Okay, well this book is about a girl who doesn't really fit in her regular life. At the library, she finds this book that catches her eye. Of course, she goes to it, and opens it. What she didn't expect to happen, was to get sucked into the book, into a place called Storybound! With heroes, princesses in distress, magic, wizards, and many other things, what's not to like? Going into this mysterious place, she's more t ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. I'd never heard of it or of this author. But as I was wandering around Powell's Books in Portland there it was on an end cap display. (Imagine me finding the young adult/middle readers section right away. LOL)

The cover is GORGEOUS and it really caught my eye there on the shelf. (which is, I suppose what it's supposed to do) And the story does not disappoint. There's to be a sequel released next year and I'll be picking that up for sure. My only complaint is that the book
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this to my 6th graders and they were begging me to read it to them all the time. (Because of my awesome reading skills or because they wanted to get out of working?) With school almost out, I let the kids come in PJ's and bring pillows while I finished the book. They requested this... that I finish reading this book as their “end of testing” reward.

So, with that said, they were so disappointed that it ended in a cliff hanger and with so many plot points left unanswered. T
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