Title: Unwritten
Author: Tara Gilboy
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Pages: 198 pages
Year of Publication: October 2018
lineARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
 This book has been on my Goodreads TBR for months. At first I was attracted by the gorgeous cover of this book and as you know I have a soft spot for a cute Middle Grade book cover, but as I read the synopsis in Goodreads it turns out that this book sounds no cute at all. The synopsis is really intriguing so I decided to request this ARC in Netgalley and I was so shocked when my request was approved.
I started reading this the minute I received the e-ARC and finish it 3 hours later. The story hooked me from page one and I just can’t stop swiping through the pages ever since.
The story follows a twelve year old Gracie who was told by her mother that she was a character from a book, an unpublished fairytale in which she supposed to die in fire when she was a baby, murdered by the evil Queen Cassandra. Twelve years ago her mother fleed them from the story to the outside world and live a normal “human” life to avoid such tragedy. But Gracie, being a curious teenager keep digging to find out about her past life despite her mother told her not to. The opportunity comes when the author who created their story comes to a book signing in her town and that’s when Gracie accidentally did something terrible that turns into a series of events that lead her to the dark truth. Okay if this plot doesn’t interest you, I don’t know what will!
I obviously have been fooled by the cute and colorful cover, boy I was so misjudged, this book is not colorful and cheerful at all. It’s a slightly dark book and a twisted one. The idea may sound familiar because there are some books with similar idea but this book is well executed!

The writer did a very good job in describing the differences between the fairytale and the real world, from the clothes, houses, people, foods, even the smell, which I think is a good start for a good worldbuilding. But sadly the description about the most important thing, how the world works, is not enough to make me fully understand the fairytale world. I’m not saying that it’s bad, I just think that there should be more explanation.
The writing is totally enjoyable, I honestly think that any age could enjoy this book because it’s so easy and fun to read. The pace is perfect, not too slow and not too rush. And the writer use third person limited POV which mean that we could only see through Gracie’s eyes, it adds a little more mysteries and it makes you keep wondering.
I wasn’t a fan of Gracie at first but I really like her as a character. She’s a great three dimensional character, I thought that she’s an ungrateful and bad tempered teenager, but it’s totally reasonable because well she’s a teenager. But later she developed so well throughout the story and there’s also an interesting (or should I say shocking?) backstory of why she become like that. I know that Gracie is the main character but I think the backstory of the other side characters are important too, and that’s what I found lack in this book. Ok I can’t say much about the other characters because I’m afraid that I will ruin the fun!
If you love a slightly dark and twisted fairytale then I think you should give this book a try. This book is pretty short so I know you’ll finish it before you know it, and you’ll keep guessing what actually happen so you could never put this book down!

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