Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace [Joint Review!]

5 out of 5 Robots!

The Storyspinner By Becky Wallace
Series: The Keeper Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: March 3, 2015
Hardcover:  432 Pages
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. What were your overall impressions of this book?
Shannon: This was so much better than I expected!  It was fun, fast paced with great characters.

Julia: The Storyspinner is fascinating and fast paced. The characters are endearing and I was captivated by the storytelling. 

2. What was your favorite part? Least favorite? 
Shannon: I basically loved all of the awkward relationship pairings.  I loved watching Rafael squirm about Johanna.  And I liked Keepers Pira and Leao's "missed connections".  So good.  My least favorite part was what happens at the end to some undeserving people.  Very sad.  :(

Julia: My favorite part is probably when Johanna saves Rafael from a severe beating... For whatever reason, I loved it. There are many other thrilling scenes, but that one sticks out right now. My least favorite part is when people die. Can't say much else... but, awww booo ;(

3. What did you think of the characters? Who is your favorite?

Shannon: I really really enjoyed all the characters.  They are all interesting and fun in their own ways.  There are two main camps: Johanna, her brothers, Rafael and his brother Dominic and then the Keepers who are looking for their lost queen.  Both sides eventually converge and it is pretty great.  But I really liked that each character felt like they had distinct personalities and depth.  But I think my favorites were Johanna and Rafael, especially when they interact together.

Julia: The characters are perfection. Every one of them! I can't even choose a favorite. They grow over the entirety of the book and there are some that make you cringe and others that make you swoon. They all have such different personalities and blend so well. There is banter and depth and everything I ask for in a novel.

4. Did you like all the different Point of Views?
Shannon: Yes!  It was a nice change from first person POV.  The POVs shift back and forth pretty frequently, but I liked it.  I felt like I was getting a little bit from everyone all at once.  And I liked that we got quite a few different POVs too.  I liked the wide cast of characters.

Julia: Oh yes!! It made the storytelling so much more embellished and made the world come to life. I didn't feel like I was missing a damn thing, just the opposite actually. Usually with different points of view, I am antsy to get back to one character or another, feeling bored with at least one plot line- but I was excited to read from each. Never felt bored and loved bouncing around! 

5. Satisfied with the ending?
Shannon:  Yes, I was.  There were some parts that were a little silly if I think too much about it, but I don't care!  I liked it anyways!  

Julia: Yessss! Not really a cliff hanger, but the story and characters are so compelling that you're going to want to read the sequel anyway. 

6. Rating? Who are you recommending this to!
Shannon: I'd give this 5 stars!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I think fantasy lovers will like this!

Julia: 5 Stars for The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace!! I'm still excited about this book, I was thinking about the characters long after I put the book down. Recommending this one to any Fantasy lover out there... maybe even those of you that don't like Fantasy. I just can't imagine anyone not loving this book.


  1. Oh, you guys! Another book I didn't request an ARC for when I saw it. Poo. I love character driven stories. Again, the cover got me not to request because it looked like a cheesy self pub to me. I will keep my eye out for it on ebook special. Another well done and informative review. Thank you. :)

    1. I think you'd like this one! In the vein of the Throne of Glass series, but not as balls to the wall, if you will. Definitely a gentler version, but still very very good.

  2. Oooh this looks good! And it seems like I'll be suitably upset at the end, which is really all I ask for in my books. (WHY do I like doing this to myself again?) I'm hoping that at the end of this month I'll look in the library and it will MAGICALLY have all these books I want to read!

    1. I think you would really like this one! Really fun and a step above the rest of the YA Fantasy. There are some parts to Johanna and Rafael's relationship I know you'll get a kick out of.



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