Unwritten – Tara Gilboy



(Expected publication: October 16th 2018 by Jolly Fish Press)

Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe.

But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother’s warnings, Gracie seeks out the story’s author, setting in motion a chain of events that draws herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale. Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy tale ending.


This story follows Gracie – a young girl who was born inside of a story – but now lives with her mother in our world. She is plagued by “nightmares” of a fire and woman who beckons her – that are actually “glimmers” of memories of the story that she belongs in.

“The dreams are glimmers,” Mom said. “Like a special kind of memory. We’re not ordinary people.” She longs to know more about the story that created her but her mother refuses to talk about it. Gracie makes some decisions that go against her mothers wishes and end up putting them all in danger.

“Because it doesn’t matter what she wrote.” Mom said. “You’re Gracie, my daughter. You can be whoever you want to be” 

This story is about finding your true self – realizing that your story is not written for you and you can choose who you want to be – a hero or a villain!

This book is perfect for middle grade readers. It is not a long story and it is not difficult to understand. Anyone who is a fan of fairy tales and magic will like it. It reminds me a bit of “Land of Stories”.

I was so happy to have a chance to read this book and I will definitely be buying a hard copy of it when it is released.

This book was provided by net galley for review.


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