Monday, August 26, 2013

Story's End

Story's End (Storybound, 2) by Marissa Burt, April 2, 2013. 416 Pages. Published by HarperCollin's Childrens. Source: Library.
Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story. . . .

During his reign, Heroes, Villains, and characters of all kinds lived out new Tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles.

Then the King disappeared, and over the years, nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story that he will control. And an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild is inextricably tangled up in his deadly plan.

Una and her friends Peter and Indy are desperate to find a way to defeat the Enemy. But Una soon discovers that the real key may lie in her own mysterious ties to Story's past—and to the long-forgotten King, who could be Story's only hope for survival.
First Sentence:
Una Fairchild rolled the freshly printed broadside into a tight scroll, tied a piece of twine around the center, and added it to the growing stack of parchment that was the result of an afternoon’s hard work.
While I am saddened to see the Storybound series draw to a close, especially after only two volumes, I am pleased with the way things ended and that the author did not drag things out unnecessarily.

Story's End picks up right where Storybound left off, with Una discovering that she is the daughter of one of the muses and the red enchantress, and you also had those of the rebellion trying to figure out how they're going to save Story. Alright, so now that you know where things left off in book one, let's talk about why book two was so great.

One of the reasons I enjoyed reading the close of Marissa Burt's Storybound series is that the way things ended was just right and made me one happy reader. While the ending was very perfect for the story, what really made me love the end was that it brought all these unlikely characters from the different sides of Story together as allies. It was interesting to see them all put aside their differences to work together for the common good of all, which, is part of what makes the end so great.
   So, while I loved how all the characters came together in the end to battle it out for the good of Story, I loved seeing how each of the characters-mainly Una, Peter and Indy- matured throughout the book and how they faced off against their fears to help out.

Seriously, one of the best things about Marissa Burt's writing in the Storybound series is her characters and how vivid they come across. I really enjoyed the all the characters, not just Una and her friends, had such vibrant personalities, and whether good or bad, were multidimensional with each having a backstory that made you want to know each of them better. I guess what 'm trying to say is that each of the characters were just so interesting and well thought out that you couldn't help but be invested with finding out how things would end for them and because you would also want to know what is driving them to do what they are doing.

It is rare when I can find no fault with the end of a series, but that was the case with Marissa Burt's Story's End. So, instead of commenting on things I disliked about the series end, I will gush upon how the series end was more than I could ask for...without spoiling it for those who have yet to read it.

So, did y'all read all the gushing about Story's End at the top... Go forth and pick up this incredible middle grade fantasy serious because you will (most likely) not regret it. *shoo*

Final Verdict: Story's End- One could not ask for a more fitting end to a fabulous serious.

Story's End earns 5 out of 5 pineapples

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