Hello Guys! I have been so excited yesterday when I was walking back to my Library that I found a letter from Jolly Fish Press that my request to read the ARC of Unwritten has been approved at Net Galley! Man, I am doing my madness dancing too to show how excited I was! Now here is my review! Enjoy it 😉
Author: Tara Gilboy
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Summary: 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Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read.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 draws 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.
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 😉
Psst, the ending just makes you want to crave more from this book actually!
Rating? 🌟🌟🌟 stars of course!
Do you enjoy middle grade book too? Do tell me if you have some favorites!