This ARC was kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: 16 October 2018
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
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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Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read.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 realises she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy-tale ending.
I loved this book; it reminded me of the fantasy movies you watch as a kid and continue to revisit way into adulthood. This book was basically Once Upon A Time in a book and it was perfect, the storyline was brilliant, yet simple and easy-to-follow, and it kind of left me thinking ‘Why didn’t I think of this? I could’ve been an author’, the pacing of the book was really good and I could definitely see my younger cousins reading this and really enjoying it. ALSO, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE GORGEOUS COVER? Great job to whoever did that. It’s been a while since I read a middle-grade (I only ever read Rick Riordan books if i’m going to read MG) but this book has 100% convinced me to get off my I’m-not-a-kid-anymore-I-don’t-read-middle-grade high horse and check some more out.
Overall, this book was super cute and I’m pretty sure all ages will really enjoy it, I’m also really glad I liked this, I’d feel like such a cow if I had to one-star another ARC. If there was anything wrong with this book, i would say that the characters weren’t the most memorable or well-developed and not many of them had particularly unique traits, but that could just be because I’m used to reading high-fantasy books that are often three times the size of this book, so I’m not going to judge too harshly on that.
I know this review was pretty short, but this was just one of those books that I really liked and there wasn’t really much development needed. Are you interested by the sound of this book? Will you be reading it upon its release or have you already read it? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading my review and I will talk to you in my next post! (also, thank you all so much for 100 followers, I did not expect that to happen so fast, but I really appreciate it, so thank you all for reading, liking and commenting and showing me support while I’ve been getting used to all this xxxxx) ❤