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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-22 09:58
Unwritten by Tara Gilboy
Unwritten - Tara Gilboy

NOTE:  I received an Uncorrected Advanced Proof of this book from NetGalley.  This review is my honest opinion of the book.



TITLE:  Unwritten


AUTHOR:  Tara Gilboy




ISBN-13 (paperback):  978-1-63163-178-8

ISBN-13 (ebook):  978-1-63163-178-8



Unwritten is a beautifully written portal-fantasy/adventure novel written for middle-graders but that is also interesting enough for adults to read.  The novel also has an attractive and eye-catching front cover.


The reader follows twelve-year-old Gracie, who is not a normal child.  She is actually a character from an unpublished novel that she has never read.  She only knows that she was supposed to die in the story.  That's why her parents took her (and some other people) out of the story, into this world, to save her.  She longs to know more about the story but her mother refuses to talk about it. All that this secret-keeping does is foster Gracie's curiousity about herself and the story she came from.  Then the author of Gracie's unpublished story comes to town and things get interesting... and messy.


The main characters are believable (even if I did want to stuff Gracie in a broomcloset for continually ignoring sound parental requests), and the conflicts dealt with are complex.  however, the other characters (Walter, Cassandra and Jacob) could all have used a bit more "flesh".  The plot line is interesting and slightly twisty, with the setting skipping between our world and the story-world.


There are many themes in this book - keeping secrets, being honest, the detrimental effects of being too stubborn, family - but the main theme is about figuring out who you are in a world that may try to turn you into something else; realizing that your story is not written for you and you can determine your own path. 


Being geared for the 8-14 years olds, this novel is rather short and fairly easy to understand, but it is a fantastic story about magic and self-determination that is enjoyable to read.



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review 2018-04-28 21:24
Unwritten (Rock Star Duet, #1) by Rachel Lacey
Unwritten - Rachel Lacey


Lacey makes it easy to get lost in romance. Empathy, humor and a pinch of sentiment come together to mix a bit of classic fairytale fantasy with the realism of life. Unwritten is not that unique, but the devil is in the details. The heart is there, the yearning is evident and the hope for a happy ending is an irresistible draw. The woman that seems to have it all, comes to realize she never had a clue. The dream she found is not the one she wants. It takes a scandalous development, to lead her to where she belongs. Josh is the home that Katherine, never knew she wanted. Can she convince the man of her dreams, that he's all that she needs to be happy? Simply sweet romance.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-22 20:35
The Unwritten Rule (Review)
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

(I would like to add that um, ANY book that has two people playing barefoot footsie on it repulses me immediately, and honestly, I couldn't expect anything more than two stars with that image in my head every time I picked it up.)


This is yet another book I read almost two years ago, and I don’t remember it incredibly well. However, I do remember that this was cliché and used a dreadful stream-of-consciousness style narration that made Sarah, the main character, seem immature and incompetent.  (Yet another reason I despise present tense writing.)


The vast majority of this book is actually painful. Sarah is obsessed with Ryan, and her inner mind theatre is just a compilation of everything she loves most about him. She’s constantly thinking about him, obsessing over him, and wondering what it would be like to be with him. She is absolutely convinced he feels the same way for her (and because it’s a good ole stereotypical YA novel, he does), but they tiptoe around for stupid reasons. Ryan is actually the one I dislike the most in all this because his confession to Sarah is that he’s always had feelings for her, but decided to date Brianna anyway. I absolutely don’t understand that logic, and I have no sympathy for his “dilemma.”


The above encompasses about 95% of the plot; however, I decided to give this a two-star rating because The Unwritten Rule focused quite a bit on the actual friendship between Brianna and Sarah, and how destructive it really was. I have been in hurtful friendships before, and while I never had friends quite as cruel as Brianna, I sympathized with Sarah’s situation (outside of her whole trying to steal Brianna’s boyfriend thing). At the end of the novel, I felt like the story’s ending, while happily-ever-after in that Sarah and Ryan end up together, still has the friendship at the forefront. Sarah gets Ryan, yes, but the bigger thing she gets is freedom from a toxic friendship, and the realization that just because you’ve been best friends with someone for a long time doesn’t mean you need to stay friends with them forever. This was a lesson I had to learn in high school, and I felt like Scott could have been really successful if this story was about Brianna and Sarah, with Ryan floating somewhere in the background.


Overall: This wasn’t really a good book, although it ended up with a pretty good lesson in the end. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it because Sarah’s narration will make you want to stab something, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I have all of Elizabeth Scott’s books on my to-read list, and this one doesn’t make me excited to get to another one anytime soon. However, I think there’s potential, and maybe I just need one with a less cliché plot in order for it to really click for me.



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text 2015-07-27 20:08
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

I ordered this from Amazon from my "to read ASAP" list because a used copy was on sale for about $3. I'm waiting for my copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to get here, so I wanted to read something in the same genre I've been in lately, but also kind of short so I could finish it by the time my book got here.


So I read this yesterday and today, and I'm pretty disappointed. I mean, the narration, for what's supposed to be a seventeen-year-old girl was so...juvenile. It had that stream of consciousness "this is how I feel as I feel it" vibe, and I kind of hate that. So Sarah just came across as young, immature, and somewhat incompetent for most of the novel. I can relate to her having a gorgeous, "every guy wants her and never you" sort of thing (although my prettier best friends have never been as cruel as Brianna is to Sarah, and for that I'm grateful), and some of her descriptions of Ryan were realistic in the feeling they conveyed. I also gave it some points for the positive ending, where, yeah, she gets Ryan, but it's about her moving on from someone as destructive as Brianna. Knowing that sometimes you can't save everyone, and even the people you've loved for years aren't the best for you and you have to let go. That's a lesson I had to learn when I was seventeen, too, and I'm grateful for it.


So, eh, it was a two star read, but certainly not something I'd recommend. I appreciated that it focused on the friendship quite a bit, but the majority of the novel was "RYAN RYAN OMG RYAN HE MAKES ME FEEEEEL THINGS RYAN RYAN RYAN."

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review 2015-07-27 06:23
Expecto Derivatum
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice - Mike Carey,Peter Gross

Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice was the first volume of the Unwritten series I’d encountered. The illustrations were fantastic, but the main story—that of the comic Tommy’s history—was so derivative of the Harry Potter series that it was a distraction. The frame story—that of a twisted older man engineering a real life counterpart for his literary hero—was more original, but also less appealing. Unfortunately, the artwork didn’t save this one for me.

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