ARC Review: Unwritten by Tara Gilboy


What if every story ever written is a world in another dimension, waiting for us to find it?


5 / 5 stars

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unwritten is a fast-paced adventure that will show the world how real stories are, how alive the characters in a book are. A gripping tale of friendship, adventure and an air of mystery that will keep readers madly flipping the pages. This story is about Gracie and her family, living humans who escaped their fates in a story written by a pretty normal writer by escaping the book itself, and then realizing the consequences of their decisions several years later.

I love this book so much, I finished it under a couple of hours! If you’re looking for a fast-paced middle-grade adventure across dimensions, this is the book for you.

The story flows smoothly, and even though the concept of dimension-travelling in this story is a bit complex, the author carefully explains, one by one, which I’m sure all readers, young or old, will quickly follow through.

The world-building is one of the things I love most about this book. Tara Gilboy describes the setting and places with rich details and even adds the characters’ own opinion. She hardly exaggerates descriptions, which I love, because it gives us a full, clear view the place where a scene is taking place.

The characters are brilliant, carefully built, each with their own unique profile and lovely personalities. Each character has a specific role in the story, and none of them are left out. The characters have vivid emotions that greatly affect their actions, and decisions we may doubt but actually play a more significant role than we realize.

Th plot is interesting, unique and special as well. It’s not like your average cheesy adventure story where the characters have a problem and they go on an adventure to fix it and then ends with a happily ever after. No. Although this book did have a goon enough ending, it also has an air of mystery and suspense that will keep you madly turning the pages, hungry for the truth. In this story, you can’t really tell who is the true villain and who is the hero, and with each passing chapter, you’ll unlock secrets you haven’t even considered a few chapters ago.

If there’s a lesson that this book taught me, it would be this: villains are not all bad, heroes are not all good, and sometimes you would have to be the villain just to be the hero.

about author

Tara Gilboy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Continuing Education and lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and dog, biscuit.



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