Monday, April 16, 2012

Debut of the Month - All About Storybound + Giveaway

Book Profile

Name - Storybound (Goodreads)
Author - Marissa Burt
Genre - MG Fantasy 
Release Date - 3rd April 2012
Available - The Book Depository

In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself....

The Insider's Scoop

Insider's Scoop on First Chapter

I've always loved to read, and my favorite stories are the ones that so immerse you in the world that you're sad to say goodbye to the characters after the story is over.  Storybound imagines a world where characters train to enter tales of their own and follows the adventures of Una Fairchild, a girl from the Readers' World who stumbles into the land of Story.

The opening scene is set in Una's library, and it was inspired by my own 7th grade study halls.  I had an odd schedule, so I would spend my study halls alone, with only the librarian to keep me on task.  Of course, I never did any homework.  Instead, I prowled about the shelves, reading through books systematically.  The mythology and folklore section was my favorite, and I spent many class periods there.  Sometimes this would transfer over into lunch period, where I'd sit at the cafeteria tables, reading while slurping my Cup 'o Noodle soup.  Yes, I was that girl.  My friends were very patient, as I look back on it now, since reading isn't exactly friendly behavior.  

In the original draft, Una takes the mysterious book she finds to the girls' locker room, a setting inspired by my own high school gym experience.  The brightly painted lockers, the smell of rubber athletic  equipment, and the cinder block walls all take me back to those afternoons of the 10-minute mile and relay races. Floor hockey days were my favorite.  If I ever find an adult floor hockey league, I'm totally in.  Alas, this scene was cut pretty early on, and Una ends up opening the book in the basement of her school library.  

When I wrote this, I pictured the basement of my college library.  Windowless brick walls.  Those moving shelves where all the magazines are archived.  And a bit of a musty smell.  I didn't study there too often, but maybe I should have.  As Una soon learns, untold treasures might be lurking on abandoned library shelves! 


Marissa is giving away signed hard-cover of STORYBOUND, bookmarks, and a tin of gourmet cocoa.

Rule of Entry -

- International (although I might have to leave the cocoa out depending on the country)
- Ends 16th of May
- Must be 13 or older
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  1. Ohh! This seems like such a good book. <3 Thank you for the giveaway :D Would love to win it :)
    Love, Carina

  2. This looks interesting.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I really love the sound of this book. <3 that the opening scene is at a library.

  4. thank you for the giveaway :)
    i really hope i win this book <3

  5. Hooray! Thanks so much! I promise I won't drink any of the cocoa before I send it. ;)

  6. oooh... I'll fight my kids to read it first myself! :)

  7. I'm an Italian reader and I'm falling in love with this book!
    thanks for this giveaway!

  8. This MG fantasy sounds really intriguing--exactly the sort of book I would have fallen in love with as a kid. Can't wait to read it!

  9. This sounds like a really great fantasy read!! I've been needing one to blow my socks away.

  10. Congratulations Marissa, for the debut of your book! I can't wait to read it!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. What a fabulous idea! Storybound is one of those books REALLY high up on my wishlist, because IT SOUNDS SPECTACULAR. Now, I have a chance to win, so thanks!

    And I hopped on over here because I saw you around my good friend Brodie's blog :-D So, HELLO.

  12. It sounds like it is really amping up the whimsical and fantastical elements of this book and while the premise does sound a bit fanfic-cy/semi-overdone for me (don't ask how I made this conclusion) - the worldbuilding just from the synopsis alone sounds really original and interesting and hence - I am interested in wanting to read it! :D

  13. The book cover looks like only for kids. But when you read the story, ah a teen like me or even young adult or every reader would want to read that fantasy story. Thank you for the giveaway! - Naezel Martinez

  14. What an intriguing concept, working as a storybook character. I love it.

  15. This book sounds interesting... Thanks for the giveaway... :)

  16. Thanks for the giveaway... :)

  17. Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your interest in Storybound! And if you want a sneak peek at the book, Harper's offering it for FREE online during the month of April. Hooray!

  18. +JMJ+

    This is so meta that I already love it! =D Thanks for the giveaway. It sounds amazing!

  19. this book sounds so good, and the cover is lovely! thank you!

  20. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  21. This book looks really good... and that cover is gorgeous :)

  22. I'm completely obsessed with fairy tales so I'm DYING to read this, figuratively of course. Plus, the concept sounds hilarious and awesome.

  23. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win all of the goodies.

  24. I remember seeing this book at the beginning of the year when i was posting my entry to the 2012 debutante challenge and stating i wanted to read it. Now reading the insider's scoop i want to read it even more :)

  25. This looks like a fun read!!! I would love to win it thanks for the great giveaway!!!

  26. this sounds awesome. what a fun story idea. thanks for the chance to win.


  27. Sounds really good and the cover is amazing:)

  28. I lost the giveaway on goodreads. I hope to win Storybound in this giveaway.

  29. fantasy middle grade book, me is excited!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  30. I love that you're giving away cocoa. That made this giveaway go from fantastic to incredible :P

    I love the look of this book. I've always loved books with trees on the covers since I read the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton when I was little.

  31. Wow. This sounds really exciting! I hadn't actually heard of the book before, but the blurb alone makes me want to read it. badly.
    A school to learn to be a book character? Yes please!

    Thanks for the giveaway, and the cocoa :)

    Far Past Midnight

  32. Ahhh, this story is so high on my to buy list <3 It would be great to win!

  33. Thank you for the chance to win! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  34. Thanks for the giveaway!Storybound sounds amazing!

  35. Thanks for the international giveaway! The book sounds interesting.