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Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Jolly Fish Press
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jv poore
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gracie is basically a good girl. Inquisitive and tenacious, maybe she sometimes skirts the rules. Not so unique for a twelve-year-old, and really, it is only one of Mom’s orders that Gracie disagrees with. She believes that information is knowledge, knowledge is power and she has a burning need to know her own story, in its entirety.

Because, Gracie’s tale has already been told. Well, written.

Of course, neither Gracie, nor her maternal parental unit, had ever actually read the book by Gertrude W
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Schizanthus Nerd
“What if every story ever written is a world in another dimension, waiting for us to find it?”
I was enchanted by this book from the very beginning. It explores the complexities of good and evil, and the power we have to write our own story, regardless of the roles and labels others have placed upon us. There’s action, drama and so much heart.

Gracie may look like a normal 12 year old girl but she’s actually the creation of Gertrude Winters, an author whose unpublished story includes Gracie, he
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This title is expected to release on the 16th of October, 2018

“I have always been fascinated with the darkness inside people,” Gertrude Winters said. “We are not all good and bad, and sometimes the villains can be the most fascinating characters.”

Unwritten by Tara Gilboy is the story of Gracie Freeman, a 12-year-old girl who was written out of a storybook and into the real world for her own protection. Throughout this novel
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Silvia
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I really liked this middle grade novel! The idea of characters taken out of a story was really cool and it was also the ground for some nice reflections about fiction, about why we write it and read it, and about agency.

The book even went kind of dark at times which is something I didn't expect from a MG novel but that pleasantly surprised me, to the point that I had to
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Rana⚡
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
“Because what does it mean, really, to be labeled a villain? Nobody really thinks of herself as a villain. We are all the heroes in our own stories.”

Can someone please write a ya version of this 😭 The idea of this book is magical and i wish that it doesn't go unseen like many other great books. It starts with a girl named Gracie who turns out to be a character in a story written by Gertrude Winters but after her mom realized that she was destined to die in the end, she took her out of the story
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: I received e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publisher, author, and NetGalley. ***

3.75 Stars

What will you do if a dark horrible fantasy story comes to life and you find out you are one of the character in the book that eventually dies? Oh I never want to be written in any kind of story after reading this.

Unwritten was a middle grade fantasy story about 12-yr-old Gracie who was desperate find out about her birthplace which was an u
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
3,5 stars

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Unwritten is a pretty decent middle grade book about a young girl Gracie who actually comes from an unpublished story. When she confronts the author of her book, things start to go a bit wrong.

I found that for a middle grade book with less than 200 pages it took quite a bit to get going. For a middle grade that can be a bit of a downfall as a lot of kids need a book to grab them immediately.
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Lyn *NomadicWorlds
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read

Middle Grade Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and I usually enjoy the stories in this genre a lot. However, I found it hard to like Unwritten. I really wanted to like the story but the MC was just too dislikable. She was too selfish, self-absorbed, dismissive of people, an annoying know-it-all at such a young age and prone to abnormal anger episodes for a kid – a spoiled brat. And she stayed that way throughout the book.

I get that she was that way because of how she’d been written as a chara
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Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A super-cute fairy tale read that had a lot more depth to it than I was expecting. The story follows Gracie, who has always known that she and her mother escaped an evil villain in a fairy tale. Her mother managed to get her out of the fairy tale world and into the real world when Gracie was still a baby, before the awful fate that the author wrote for them could be played out. Gracie’s curiosity gets the best of her, though, and she talks to the author (who has no idea that her characters are a ...more
Caryn Lix
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is seriously just so good. I loved the play between the idea of story and reality, and the idea of being a character from a story (really, what writer or reader hasn't had that dream before???). This is such a well executed tale, full of life, compelling characters, and adventure. It has just the tiniest tang of darkness to it, and I loved every moment!
Becca
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I have always been fascinated with the darkness inside people. We are not all good and bad, and sometimes the villains can be the most fascinating characters.

NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from North Star Editions through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Ok first of all, I need to preface this review by saying that this book is aimed at middle-grade children and being a grown woman in her 30s, I am definitely not the target audienc
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Elentarri
NOTE: I received an Uncorrected Advanced Proof of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
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TITLE: Unwritten

AUTHOR: Tara Gilboy

EXPECTED DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16 October 2018

ISBN-13 (paperback): 978-1-63163-178-8

ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-1-63163-178-8
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Unwritten is a beautifully written portal-fantasy/adventure novel written for middle-graders but that is also interesting enough for adults to read. The novel also has an attractive and
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Amber
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**An e-copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review**

Oh man. I don't know if words can accurately describe how much I loved this book. I managed to read 78% of it in one sitting, and would have read it all had I not fallen asleep in the middle of reading it xD

I am so happy I took a chance at asking for a copy of this book to review. Once I read the description, I knew I had to give this book a chance. I really loved Between the Lines by Jodi Picoul
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Keeley
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this one for review from NetGalley.

Gracie knows that she was rescued from a story by her mom. She had to tell her after she started having incredibly realistic dreams and visions of a beautiful woman and a fire. But all that her mom will tell her is that she saved her because she died in the story. She knows the authors name and that her mom doesn't like the author, but her mom refuses to tell her anything more than that and changes the subject whenever she brings it up. She also kno
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Kate Matson
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
"Because what does it mean, really, to be labeled a villain? Nobody really thinks of herself as a villain. We are all the heroes in our own stories.”
Plot
Starting off, I thought the book was kind of childish and cliche. I mean they thought an author was a terrible person because she killed off a child in one of her books (which is what the whole book is about). And they’re escaping a character named Queen Cassandra, because she’s out to kill them. But then the huge plot twist came in, and I was l
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Alina
***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and North Star Editions in exchange for an honest review.

Gracie is a young girl who was born inside a story, but was saved from it and now lives in the normal world with her mom. Of course she wants to know more about the story she was in, and how could the writer give her, a child, such a cruel fate, so, when one day, the said author comes to town, she goes to meet her and maybe find answers for some of her questions.

The whole novel revolves aroun
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T.M. Hall
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FIVE STARS: if you’re looking for a book for your child that boasts the gorgeous imagination and authentic characters of Enid Blyton, and in which your child can get lost in the adventures of a world far, far away, then UNWRITTEN is your book. I myself often wondered about characters in a book, and the possibility that somewhere, somehow, they were real. This story answered my questions and wonderings in the most delightful way. On finishing and shutting the book, I had the urge to open it again ...more
Rianna
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young bookworms or anyone who enjoys an adventure
25/52 books read in 2018.
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of a book character, Gracie, living in our world, going on an adventure to figure out who she would have been in her original narrative. If you are still with me after that, you know this quest is going to give Gracie some hurdles to overcome. Luckily I can tell you that reading to find out alongside Gracie is definitely worth the journey.

10-year-old me would have LOVED this story and I still really
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♚sari♚
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
RTC or read it early on my blog; ❤️ https://betweenthepages.home.blog/201... ...more
VIBookCrate
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-arc
This story follows Gracie - a young girl who was born inside of a story - but now lives with her mother in our world. She is plagued by "nightmares" of a fire and woman who beckons her - that are actually "glimmers" of memories of the story that she belongs in.

"The dreams are glimmers," Mom said. "Like a special kind of memory. We're not ordinary people."

She longs to know more about the story that created her but her mother refuses to talk about it. Gracie makes some decisions that go against
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Jessica
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has a really sweet premise and, truth be told, I'm a sucker for all things fairy tales. Gracie is a girl out of place. Her whole life has already been written out in an unpublished story that she's never seen and, seeing as how she is as inquisitive as they come, her only goal is to find out what it says. I loved this premise and, for the most part, I felt like the book stuck true to that idea. It just took a little while to really get going.

On the list of things I loved, is the whole
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Laura
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
How does it feel to be part of a story written by someone else? And how does it feel to not understand why you were part of a story written by someone else, and who you were before?

This is the problem that is facing Gracie, and it is driving her crazy, until she learned that the author of her original story is in town, and so finds a way to go see her.

There have been other books written where the characters come to life or the author gets to meet the characters written about, but what I liked ab
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Trisha - Tale of a Bookworm
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, june-2018, netgalley
So many of us bookworms dreamt to be in a different world, a book world. May it be as a student of Hogwarts, or finding the gateway to Narnia. What if we got to be a part of it only to discover that we are the villain of the story? What if you lead your life only to discover you are the VOLDEMORT, not Harry or Hermione like you hoped to be? What would you do if you find out you can not be anything else, you are supposed to act like the writer made you to be?

Gracie Freeman is a twelve-year-old te
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Stacie
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unwritten, by Tara Gilboy, is a middle-grade story that feels like a dark fairytale. The story’s protagonist is 12 year old Gracie, who dreams of fire and believes what her mother has told her: that she is actually a character who was rescued from a story. The story world is a parallel universe to the real world, and Unwritten takes readers on an adventure that is literally within the pages of a book. This is a trope that may seem overdone to some readers, but will likely still draw many young r ...more
Rosie Rizk
I thought this would be the usual, somewhat overdone storyline - regular kids go into a storybook, and yadda, yadda, yadda. I've read some in that genre, but never really liked them. Truth is, it is the same idea, but the writing is way better, and the characters and conflicts are way more complex than the ones I've read before. It grabbed my attention from the first sentence, and didn't let me go until the end. I finished it in one sitting.

See full review at: https://tbrnext.com/2020/03/12/unw
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Leann
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gracie and her mom live her our world. But they haven't always. They traveled from Bondoff, a storybook land when Gracie was just a baby. She'd always wanted answers to why they fled Bondoff so when the author of her story visits a local bookstore she sneaks off to find answers. However things go terribly wrong when the author, Gertrude Winters accidentally gets sent to Bondoff.

This was a super fun story that I think young readers will eat up! Not only will kids be able to relate to Gracie's st
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Katya de Becerra
Unwritten offers a fresh new take on the old topics of good-vs-evil and nature-vs-nurture, focusing on that fascinating murky grey area that lies between the two extremes.

From the very first pages of her debut, Gilboy plunges the readers into the strange world of Gracie Freeman, a twelve-year-old protagonist of Unwritten, who lives a quiet 'normal' life with her mom while fully aware they both used to be characters in a fairy-tale story. Having never been allowed to read the story in question,
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Kimmy
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got a copy of this book by Netgalley. It’s the story of Gracie, a character from a book who escaped her story when she was a baby.
I was afraid when I started it it will be cheesy and I wouldn’t be surprise by this story. It’s a little bit under 200 pages and the pace of the story is fast. It’s simple, clear and adapted to young kids. I have to say, it got me hooked right away. Loved the short chapters as well. I didn’t expect the twisted plot and the surprise in the middle of it. Unexpected a
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Maria
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-tea-companion
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

My first thought to this came from the beautiful cover. Judging this is a Middlegrade one, the cover already has a plus point to me! Intriguing and made me curious to read what's inside the book.
Then the summary just hooked me in, a promising story of a character from a book, running away from story to be alive in the real world.
I wish for the other way around now to be honest 😂
Now, Gracie, a twelve-year old girl, has been one littl
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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

Actual Rating: 3.5

MY THOUGHTS
I am always interested in reading books about books, so when this one came to my attention, I immediately wanted to read it!

For most of her life, Gracie has known that she was originally a character from a book. She was originally supposed to die, but, along with a few other characters, her mother pulled her out of the story. Gracie's mother always seems to avoid the topic of the story and what Gracie's ro
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