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I’ve lived in nine towns in the past six years. I know my mom feels bad about it, but I don’t mind. Who wants friends anyway?

All I’ve ever needed are my books. I’ve lived a thousand lives, had adventures I couldn’t even begin to imagine. To me, the places I discovered between the pages of a book are as real as the world I live in.

When I walk into my favorite bookstore, the
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Published May 5th 2020 by Entangled: Teen (first published January 7th 2020)
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Candace Robinson
I couldn’t get into this one as much as I wanted to but I loved the concept and the writing!
Shannara
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2020
I really loved this book. I’ll admit it took what seemed like forever to really get hooked, but once I was, bam!! I just couldn’t stop. It was funny, had lots of fun details, and Cupcake/Edie/Edena was so human that I couldn’t help but love her. She was kind of a pain sometimes though because she flip flops and it’s a little annoying a few times. Like she learns something and then two pages later she forgets and has to relearn it. But then, that’s the type of thing that makes her so human. The s ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Book about your book boyfriend being real? 🤔 HELL YEAH!
Kacey
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

Sorry to say, I'm bowing out of this one. This seemed like something I would enjoy. I'm a huge reader, and who hasn't envisioned going inside their favorite story and meeting the main character? But I just can't seem to get myself invested in the story. I think it's because I know nothing about Kane's world-- none of the exerpts from his book giv
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Maddie
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

TW: Discussions of a mentally unstable parent.

This was fun. And I don't mean that in a sarcastic, this-was-painful way. It was genuinely a fun story, with an interesting concept and a quick pace that made the book seem to fly by. There was something so... nostalgic, for lack of better terms, about this story. It gave me old YA vibes which, paired with a story about li
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Kailey Steward
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 31%

Good lord. Okay. So, hear me out here. I tried. Really, I did. And there was at least one part I enjoyed. But I just couldn't do it.

There was a lot of stuff I disliked about this book. But I want to say that there was one thing I did like. I absolutely adored the premise of the novel. I think it's one that, when done properly, could be amazing. Sadly, it did not work out that way here (for me).

Yeah, that was what I liked. I don't have anything more to say in that vein. Now I'd like to
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Alaina
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Christine
May 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I really tried to get into this one but I just couldn't.
From almost the beginning I felt that this book was a little more juvenile than I thought it would be and that it wasn't going to be the story for me.
I'm disappointed because the premise sounded really promising.
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Meghan
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was waiting for a book where the prime focus is being transported into a story and we have not seen many of those since Inkheart and The Book Jumper but in this case it was falling in love with a character and having him literally come to life. As many YA novels whenever there is a dream coming to life there is
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Annette
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
As soon as I saw this book on Netgalley I knew I had to request it. I crossed all fingers, all toes and everything else I could cross and luckily I quite soon got the message that I could indeed read this story! I mean, which reader doesn't want to jump into their favorite story to meet their fictional crush and to save his life? Cupcake is literally living the fangirl dream, although, is it still that much fun if it's really happening to you?

Let me start with saying the the execution of this aw
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Clare O'Beara
This modern fantasy is a decent teen read with a few tropes and a few departures from the norm.
The issue of a book or bookseller being the gateway to another world is an old one. First, we have to get through a demonstration of our young teen heroine's life, which isn't wonderful at present. She and her mom live a year at a time in a location, and her dad has been locked away, of which we learn more later.

The book leads to a fantasy world which is much like ours with cars and boats, but a poor
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Nikki
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this, I really did. The plot is a fun concept, but the execution let it down. The characters are two dimensional and wishy washy, full of poor motivation or instalove. The only one I ended up liking was the cat.

It just felt in good need of a strong edit, and for Edie to stop thinking everyone is as they are in the books when that falls over literally every time she meets someone. And I do g
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I'm All Booked Up  YA
What if all the stories were true? Imagine that your favorite book turns into your real life. One minute you're talking to your mom and the next you come face to face with your fictional boyfriend. That's exactly what happens to Edie.

After moving every few months, she finally settles into a new town. Except right away, she's brought into the world of a fantasy series. One where the main character died. Except, Kane is alive. It's Edie's job to save him on his quest. But first, she has to convinc
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Lissa Hawley
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

A little slow to get into, but that could have been me. The beginning felt a little pointless, but maybe it will become important in book 2?
I am a super character driven reader, so whether or not I like a book is deternined by the strength of the characters and after about chapter 12 (of 50) I was hooked. Also, I grew to really look forward to the alternate POV on the chapter breaks.

So much I want/need to know. Can't wait for the next book.

Recommended.
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M.C. Chronister
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I really enjoyed this book, but it was kind of just a middle ground read for me. Meaning it wasn't stellar and unforgettable, but it wasn't horrible and a DNF. I did enjoy the book and I loved the pace that Emily McKay set for the story to progress. I felt like there could have been a little bit better explanation and details that would have made the book make a little m
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Laura
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book but i thought the names could be better thought of, i mean cupcake...just why. However much she wants to just fall for the magic, . She is very aware of the flaws of wanting to travel to those worlds and wanting to meet these characters. Cupcake is confronted with the fact that reading about a world is not the same as knowing that world completely, just like she discovers that her perfect book man is not as flawless as we want.

A story of what happens when you fall into the book
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Joelie
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite how long it tool me to read this. I did really enjoy it. It is a very clever concept! Ibreally enjoyed how there are things that as readers we think we know but that there is so much we dont see. Highly recommend
Auburn
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I need more. a second story right now. This was absolutely amazing and I loved every second of it. A story of what happens when you fall into the book world you love more than anything and try to stop things from ending how the book ended.
The characters were snarky, funny, and had great one liners. Honestly the snippets of the story were a great addition that showed how the book could be interpreted two different ways.
Lis
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one go on a relaxing, summer sunday and I really loved it. It was fast-paced, easy and flowing writing that kept you hooked.
A perfect read, if you just want to relax and let a story sweep you away.

Only thing that prevented the 5 Stars are certain unresolved things towards the end that were just left hanging or being forgotten about?
But anyway, it is still a lush little read for anyone who wants a quick and easy romance novel :)
Sophaun
I got this as an advanced reader copy through Netgalley to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and has not been tainted by this being a free copy. I thank Entangled:Teens and Netgalley for letting me read this book!

Edena aka Edie aka Cupcake is a loner, she moves from town to town due to her mothers job. She's never able to make any friends, so instead she reads, really she's an average girl. Until she gets thrown into the world of her favourite book, and finds out that it is real, and
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Alisha Eadle
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are some mild spoilers below. Please be aware before reading.
#ARC #NetGalley

First of all, I would like to thank Entangled: Teens for sending me this ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Storybound by Emily McKay is written from seventeen year old Edie's point-of-view, and she doesn't have the easiest life. She escapes into literary worlds, especially into her favorite series Kane the Traveler. Little does she know, every book is real, a true story from a different dimensio
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MissJLovesReading
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel a bit conflicted about Storybound in terms of a rating. I was trying to work out where in between a 3 and a 4 it is, but because it's closer to a 4 when I settled on 3.75, I put it at a 4. I don't think it's a strong 4, but it definitely has the potential to be.

Storybound is formed on a fantastic idea of the real world and our faveouite literary worlds combining and continuing through life at the same time, but in different parallel universes. It clung to the epic dream of book lovers ev
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Julie - One Book More
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Edie is a reader. She loves books and often finds herself lost in the fictional world. She prefers books to almost everything. (I can relate, Edie!) One series, in particular, is her favorite – The Traveler series. However, when she goes to a local store to see a book from the series on display, she never expects to learn that the fictional world of The Traveler is real.

Edie enters a parallel universe, and it’s the Kingdom of Mithres, the world of her favorite book series. In this world, all of
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Blut_Binden
“All I want is to restore justice to the universe and prevent the Kingdom of Mithres from descending into the chaos of outright civil war. Why is that too much to ask?”

Overall, I liked the concept of this story. Who doesn’t want to jump into their favorite book loaded with inside knowledge that can assist their favorite characters? I already know of a couple books that I’d love to dip my toes in. I also liked Edie. I’m not usually one for first person POV’s that are present tense, but I liked ho
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Kimmie
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Amanda Greco
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC! All commentary and reviews are wholly my own!

If it were possible, this would stand at a solid 4.5. I don't think it deserves a full 4 but there were some minor issues that leads it to be a 4.5 rather than a 5.

Storybound reminds me so much of my favorite book of all-time: Inkheart. I've always loved books and the idea of becoming a part of or finding your own story so intertwined with that of a book you love resonates strongly wi
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Nikole Clow
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve honestly been waiting for a fun and adventurous YA book that involves travel into a fictional world. And Storybound excels at bringing this to life. It’s full of character growth, marvelous world building, and exceptional writing. I was so invested in this story and the characters that it was sad to read the last line of this book (only because I had to say goodbye to this world).

The execution of this story idea is done splendidly, and McKay’s writing is a breath of fresh air. Her narration
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Sharie
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edie has a favorite book series, like an obsession, about this guy named Kane the Traveler. One day she goes to a bookstore and when she steps through, she goes into another dimension. This dimension is what her favorite book series is based off of and where her book boyfriend, Kane lives. In the final book of the series, Kane dies, so Edie is determined to save him and help him take the throne of the 7 Kingdoms. Edie remembers everything that happens in the books, so she uses all of the informa ...more
DeAnna
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stacy Sarling
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edie, also known as Cupcake much to her dismay; steps into an alternate world through the doors of a bookshop. Luckily for her, it just so happens to be the world of her favourite book. The last book in the series has just come out with the fate of her book boyfriend; Kane the Traveller, and it’s not a happy ending. With what she knows, can she use her knowledge to save Kane and make it safely home again before her mum finds out?
I loved this book. There was something so enticing about it that I
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