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Pub Date 16 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2018
North Star Editions, Jolly Fish Press

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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Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she's never read.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. But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother's warnings, Gracie seeks out the story's author, setting in motion a chain of events that draw herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale. Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she'll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy-tale ending.

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Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she's never read.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...

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What a fast, fun read! This book does not read like a young adult book. Well written, well defined character with an interesting plotline and an exciting setting, this book is a fantastic read for all ages.

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Hello! Hatter's here with the review, thank you so much for the ARC :)
First, before we go inside the story, let’s look at the cover, do you not think that it is so wonderful? I just love cover with illustrations like this, it’s classic and just intrigues me a lot. And then when I read the summary, I know I just have to read and share it with you guys so you would have prepared before it goes out on September this year!

As usual, character is one of the most important thing for me in a story. Here we have a twelve year old Gracie, who’s wondering where she came from, how her story truly ends. Ah dear, ah dear, curious one we have here, just like Alice. Now, if I know that I were from a story book where I was supposed to die, I didn’t even want to know about my story. I just have enough to know that I was safe and sound and have to care for myself in the real world. Imagine if you can do that, I would want to go to reality too, to see how it’s different from Wonderland, but then, would I want to? Hmm.

Maybe, that’s why Gracie can’t stop her curiosity, especially at that age, when she wants to think that she’s special, that there’s something different about her. Don’t look at me, I already know that I’m different, I’m MAD remember? Now, maybe little Gracie doesn’t know about that, maybe that’s why she just has to meet the author.

This story kinds of creeping me, somehow, you see, I may not a real author, but sometimes I love to write. And, as I am mad, I love to make my character suffer in my own way. Would they also be mad at me for that? Would they get out from my story if that could happen? Or would they drag me there to punish me for what I’ve done?

Crazy is it not?

By they way, don’t you worry, there are also other characters, like Gracie’s mom, dad, and Gracie’s friend, and the villain, of course. I would not tell you much so you could dig in, but since it revolves mostly around Gracie, it doesn’t say much about the other’s characters. However, judging that this is a middle-grade, it’s quite enough of glimpse of their story!


I would start with saying that I believe that there are some parts need more explanation because it looks a bit like plot hole for me. But, even so, it’s still fine and you still enjoy the story.

You would be amazed by the author’s explanation of the story, you have to be careful otherwise you could go mad! And since I’m mad, it’s not that much for me anymore. Haha.

There is a plot twist the author prepares for us, so it is not what it always look like and yes, since it’s a middle grade, I think the pace is quite too fast, everything happen in just in split second. Hyperbole, by the way, please note that. But it’s quite an enjoyable ride, I mean, reading for me! One I would definitely recommend if you enjoy a supposed to be fairytale story revolves around the villain <span class="emoji-outer emoji-sizer"><span class="emoji-inner" style="background: url(chrome-extension://immhpnclomdloikkpcefncmfgjbkojmh/emoji-data/sheet_apple_32.png);background-position:59.9882491186839% 75.96944770857814%;background-size:5418.75% 5418.75%" data-codepoints="1f609"></span></span>

Psst, the ending just makes you want to crave more from this book actually!

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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.

First off, the characters felt so real. Their emotions and reactions were fantastically developed. I loved how complex the conflicts were, how Gracie had to fight her fear of becoming her written character, while trying to distinguish reality from false memories. It was very complex, and way better than I expected for a children's book. Of course, the writing is still geared towards children, but this offers a lot to think about, hidden in a beautifully written story.

I highly recommend this book for everyone.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Honestly, this was a great book!

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ARC Copy...I did like the themes of fictional vs real world and how each world effects the other (ex. the real world inspiring the concepts of the fictional world) plus nice twist on the heroine's actual role within the "original" narrative of the fictional world, and how she eventually discovers it.

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I love the idea of having different dimension waiting to told/written in a book or a story literally coming to life.. Isnt that what every book reader wish for? This book is it.. The adventures the kids had during the quest were thrilling.. Being a middle grade book, the only thing that bothered me was that the main character is so stubborn. We can clearly see that her stubborness brings her to a lot of trouble, a good example to let children know that sometimes courage and stubborness has a very thin line that separate them, that listening to THOSE WHO CARES for them is important, that sometimes it will save their life and the life of people around them. It's important to let children read. It's also important for the adults to ask their children what they learned from what they read.. And I think this book will teach every child a very good important lesson so long as the adults will guide them..

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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 and start reading because it left me with such a lovely heart-warming feeling. This is what books are about. This is why children read.

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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 knows that her best friend Walter was also saved. But he doesn't know. Now Gracie has a chance to meet the author in person and ask her what really happened in the story. Should she go against her mom's wishes and try to find out the truth or trust that her mom is only keeping her safe?

This one was adorable. I love the idea of the main character being rescued from a story. The two plot lines worked out really well together and I never felt like it was too far fetched of an idea to pull off. I think my only issue is how dark one of the main plot points was. For a middle grade I thought it was a little graphic but I guess if you look at all of the stuff that happens in books like the Harry Potter series that it wasn't too bad. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I read it in one sitting. I really hope we get more books about Gracie!

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If you're looking for a fast-paced middle grade adventure across dimensions, this book is for you!
Unwritten is a gripping tale of friendship, adventure and an air of mystery that will keep readers madly flipping the pages.
The setting and places are described sufficiently with rich details.
The characters are brilliant, carefully built with their own unique profile and lovely personalities, and their own specific role in the story.
The plot is interesting, unique, and special as well, not your average cheesy adventure story.
The story flows smoothly, no plot holes.
I highly recommend this book!

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As a middle grades book, I was unsure what I was getting myself into with Unwritten. The story of a girl haunted by her life as a character in a book was too tempting to overlook. While the audience of this short book may be children, this is a book for every reader. There is so much more to this story than a young girl trying to figure out her happy ending.

The struggles faced by the main character are relatable to readers of all ages. Who you choose to be, how you deal with anger and challenging obstacles, how you treat those who seek to hurt you, and deciding to be true to yourself despite the roles others say you should fill are all issues we face throughout our lives. Gilboy handles these complex struggles with clarity and boldness, encouraging her young readers through the actions of her young protagonist.

This short read is packed with beautiful characters, compelling plot twists (for a young reader), and beautiful language. I read this story as I woke up to this sunny weekend morning and it made for a brilliant, light-hearted mood with which to start my weekend adventures. I highly recommend.

Thank you NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press, and Tara Gilboy for an eARC of this brilliant tale.

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I love a good middle-grade book!
I loved that novel very very much!
I am amazed at the writing of the author and I loved the action and the characters.
The first thing that got to me was the title and I immediately decided that I wanted this book ad that I wanted to read it ^^
I am not disappointed and I hope everybody else gets to enjoy it as much as I did.

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Unwritten was such an astonishing read for me.
The cover is awesome.
The last Middle Grade book I read was Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which is still my personal favorite. I wouldnt compare either books or authors because both the books and their subjects are vastly different.
The writing is really good and the characters and conflicts are complex as well. It grabbed my attention from the first sentence, and didn't let me go until the end. I finished it in one sitting.
This book isnt something you usually find in the Middle Grade genre.

There was this quote I once came across which said something like, "If you were a character in a book, all your flaws and quirks and mannerisms would have been loved by people."
So, a personal thank you to Tara Gilboy for making that quote come true.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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