Gracie Freeman has always known she was special. The glimmers she has remind her of where she really belongs: in the scrapped novel of Gertrude winters. Her mother’s lack of answers and no way to get ahold of the novel drive Gracie crazy. She just wants to know who she’s supposed to be. When Gertrude Winters holds a book signing event for one of her other novels, Gracie decides she just has to meet her, if for no other reason than curiosity. But things go awry, and Gertrude Winters ends up trapped in the very world she tried to create. Her mother sends Gracie off with a strange man as she goes to the rescue.
But who will rescue her if things continue not to go according to plan?
I always love it when books incorporate writing into their story. This book, unfortunately, let me down. The characters just weren’t fairytale characters. Butcher shops and vans hunkered in the middle of nowhere? It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for when I read the synopsis. I couldn’t stop imagining the best friend as Wybie from Coraline and the dad as one of the more out there people on Doomsday Preppers. If not for the cover on the book, I don’t wanna know who I would have thought the main character was like.
It was a shame, because while the characters weren’t very lovable, the storyline was pretty good. Most of the plot dealt with the main character, Gracie, fighting against what the fairytale dictated she should be and do. Who doesn’t love a main character setting out and trying to be their own person, despite all the odds? There was also quite the twist towards the end that, had I been emotionally invested with the characters at that point, I probably would have freaked out and raved to all my friends over (to which they would try so hard to match my enthusiasm… but let’s be honest, you simply can’t match the crazy attitude of someone mid-plot-twist).
If you’re looking for something more obscure and less fairytale-esque, you might find this book enjoyable. Personally, I felt very duped. I wanted more whimsy and swishes of magical monsters. It would have been nice to have a better idea of the original story Gracie was supposed to be in, and what the original plot was supposed to be. This book is a series, for those of you wanting to give it a try. For me the journey ends here, but if you end up reading the second book let me know how it turns out!
And please suggest me something else where one of the characters is a writer, because writers writing about writers is both fun to say and one of the most relatable things out there. Don’t forget to subscribe for more book reviews and… maybe some stuff about writing? Who knows! Until next time, stay smiling!