Book Review – Storybound by Emily McKay

I’ve lived in nine towns in the past six years. I know my mom feels bad about it, but I don’t mind. Who wants friends anyway?

All I’ve ever needed are my books. I’ve lived a thousand lives, had adventures I couldn’t even begin to imagine. To me, the places I discovered between the pages of a book are as real as the world I live in.

When I walk into my favorite bookstore, the last thing I expect is to walk out onto the pages of the kingdom of Mithres… or that the book boyfriend I’ve loved more than life, Kane the Traveler, really exists. And he has no clue the fate that awaits him in book five…

Now that I know the truth, I have a chance to save Kane. But if I change the story, will I ever find my way home?


My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-Star


I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this, I really did. The plot is a fun concept, but the execution let it down. The characters are two dimensional and wishy washy, full of poor motivation or instalove. The only one I ended up liking was the cat.

It just felt in good need of a strong edit, and for Edie to stop thinking everyone is as they are in the books when that falls over literally every time she meets someone. And I do get loving a fictional character, even if I don’t go for the whole book boyfriend thing myself, but Eddie’s fascination with Kane borders on pathological. Kane himself is typical “chosen one” and bad but secretly good and every cliche I can think of poured into one book. Ugh.

There were bits I really enjoyed – the idea is good, the peril about the hellhounds is well executed, and the way magic works is interesting. I wanted more answers about the background of it all though, and the villain had no motivation except wanting to rule the world. Just sigh.

I’m frustrated that I want to know how it all works out, but honestly that’s mostly because we get no answers at all in this book. I doubt I’ll pick up the second book. 2.5 stars.

Buy Storybound from Waterstones.

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