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Peek Inside Storybound

Emily McKay's thrilling and romantic novel asks the ultimate book nerd question: What if your "book boyfriend" was real?


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I’ve lived in nine towns in the past six years. I know my mom feels bad about it, but I don’t mind. Who wants friends anyway?

All I’ve ever needed are my books. I’ve lived a thousand lives, had adventures I couldn’t even begin to imagine. To me, the places I discovered between the pages of a book are as real as the world I live in.

When I walk into my favorite bookstore, the last thing I expect is to walk out onto the pages of the kingdom of Mithres...or that the book boyfriend I’ve loved more than life, Kane the Traveler, really exists. And he has no clue the fate that awaits him in book five...

Now that I know the truth, I have a chance to save Kane. But if I change the story, will I ever find my way home?


"A fast-paced and feisty tale, perfect for anyone who’s ever had a book boyfriend."  --Kirkus Reviews

"Emily McKay, was able to make all the characters likeable for me, which is really hard. But well the only character I didn't like is the villain, which is normal for most. I just honestly I loved this book, through and through, there wasn't any part of the story that I didn't like. I loved the characters, I loved the action, I loved the romance, how it was slow building, but not too slow. This is a 5 star read for me, and I might possibly even say that this is my book of the year!" --Sophaun, Goodreads

"Storybound reminds me so much of my favorite book of all-time: Inkheart. I've always loved books and the idea of becoming a part of or finding your own story so intertwined with that of a book you love resonates strongly with me." --Amanda Greco, Goodreads

"I LOVED this book. It’s like every bookworms’ dream to step inside their favorite book. It reminded me a little bit of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because of the favorite book series and the little excerpts from the books, but I think I liked Storybound a lot more because she actually went inside the book and had an adventure." --Sharie, Goodreads

"I really enjoyed this book. First, it has a great premise...Second, McKay does an excellent job building, in a sense, two worlds...Third, I was actually surprised by the twist. That doesn't happen a lot for me in YA books. And I was surprised in a good way, not in a "that is dumb" way. Fourth, I liked the ending." --Tessa, Goodreads

"Such as cute book!!! What book lover cant relate to wishing they could get sucked into their favorite series and meeting their Book Boyfriend?" --Megan, Goodreads

"Storybound is a magical young adult fantasy that is full of mystery and intrigue. A story that pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you turning the pages never knowing what will happen next." --Lovely Loveday, Goodreads

"This book is totally amazing it really makes you think. Use your imagination and that is what I love about books but this was something special." --Sara Piesse, Goodreads

"I loved some of the sarcastic comments and one liners and I'm really hoping for a sequel!!" --Natasia, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636576
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, coming of age/family/social issues, fish out of water, overcoming odds, road romance, unrequited love

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By Shannara May 10, 2020

I really loved this book. I’ll admit it took what seemed like forever to really get hooked, but once I was, bam!! I just couldn’t stop. It was funny, had lots of fun details, and Cupcake/Edie/Edena was so human that I couldn’t help but love her. She was kind of a pain sometimes though because she fl ...more

By Alaina June 05, 2020

I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Storybound was a pretty interesting book. I mean if you loved a series so much what would you do if you somehow jumped into the book? Freak out? Fangirl? Shit your pants? Most likely all of the above.

Enter Cupcake, who is also ...more

By Meghan April 20, 2020

This book was received as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was waiting for a book where the prime focus is being transported into a story and we have not seen many of those ...more

By Annette March 08, 2020

As soon as I saw this book on Netgalley I knew I had to request it. I crossed all fingers, all toes and everything else I could cross and luckily I quite soon got the message that I could indeed read this story! I mean, which reader doesn't want to jump into their favorite story to meet their fictio ...more

By Lissa April 30, 2020

4.5 stars

A little slow to get into, but that could have been me. The beginning felt a little pointless, but maybe it will become important in book 2?
I am a super character driven reader, so whether or not I like a book is deternined by the strength of the characters and after about chapter 12 (of 50 ...more

By Joelie September 03, 2020

Despite how long it tool me to read this. I did really enjoy it. It is a very clever concept! Ibreally enjoyed how there are things that as readers we think we know but that there is so much we dont see. Highly recommend ...more

By Auburn March 07, 2020

I need more. a second story right now. This was absolutely amazing and I loved every second of it. A story of what happens when you fall into the book world you love more than anything and try to stop things from ending how the book ended.
The characters were snarky, funny, and had great one liners. ...more

By Lis June 21, 2020

I read this in one go on a relaxing, summer sunday and I really loved it. It was fast-paced, easy and flowing writing that kept you hooked.
A perfect read, if you just want to relax and let a story sweep you away.

Only thing that prevented the 5 Stars are certain unresolved things towards the end th ...more

By Sophaun April 13, 2020

I got this as an advanced reader copy through Netgalley to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and has not been tainted by this being a free copy. I thank Entangled:Teens and Netgalley for letting me read this book!

Edena aka Edie aka Cupcake is a loner, she moves from town to town due to he ...more

By Alisha March 17, 2020

There are some mild spoilers below. Please be aware before reading.
#ARC #NetGalley

First of all, I would like to thank Entangled: Teens for sending me this ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Storybound by Emily McKay is written from seventeen year old Edie's point-of-view, and she ...more

By MissJLovesReading July 29, 2020

I feel a bit conflicted about Storybound in terms of a rating. I was trying to work out where in between a 3 and a 4 it is, but because it's closer to a 4 when I settled on 3.75, I put it at a 4. I don't think it's a strong 4, but it definitely has the potential to be.

Storybound is formed on a fant ...more

By Julie March 09, 2020

Edie is a reader. She loves books and often finds herself lost in the fictional world. She prefers books to almost everything. (I can relate, Edie!) One series, in particular, is her favorite – The Traveler series. However, when she goes to a local store to see a book from the series on display, she ...more

By Amanda April 13, 2020

Thank you, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC! All commentary and reviews are wholly my own!

If it were possible, this would stand at a solid 4.5. I don't think it deserves a full 4 but there were some minor issues that leads it to be a 4.5 rather than a 5.

Storybound reminds me s ...more

By Nikole May 20, 2020

I’ve honestly been waiting for a fun and adventurous YA book that involves travel into a fictional world. And Storybound excels at bringing this to life. It’s full of character growth, marvelous world building, and exceptional writing. I was so invested in this story and the characters that it was s ...more

By Sharie March 24, 2020

Edie has a favorite book series, like an obsession, about this guy named Kane the Traveler. One day she goes to a bookstore and when she steps through, she goes into another dimension. This dimension is what her favorite book series is based off of and where her book boyfriend, Kane lives. In the fi ...more

By Stacy May 27, 2020

Edie, also known as Cupcake much to her dismay; steps into an alternate world through the doors of a bookshop. Luckily for her, it just so happens to be the world of her favourite book. The last book in the series has just come out with the fate of her book boyfriend; Kane the Traveller, and it’s no ...more

By Sandy April 05, 2020

*I would like to thank NetGalley and Entangled: Teen for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If you could travel to any standalone or book series, where would you find yourself? Which characters would be alongside you on your journey? Would you find yourself with your fictional boyfrien ...more

By Tessa April 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. First, it has a great premise. What book lover hasn't thought about what it would be like to live in the stories that you love? While that theme has been done before (and done well!), the added twist of a teen falling into the book and meeting her "book boyfriend" is just ...more

By Jennifer May 05, 2020

WOW! Loved the book, loved the story, but will not put it in my middle school library because I feel it's geared more toward high school...

Edie has just moved to Austin, TX with her mom. Her mom is a caregiver to a rich man. Edie LOVES the Traveler Chronicle series and the last book just came out, b ...more

By Kim May 10, 2020

When I first saw the cover of this book, I was immediately intrigued, but it was the tagline that really grabbed my attention! "What if your book boyfriend was real?" I have fallen for many characters over the years and the idea of one of them leaping off the page and into real life is so fun to thi ...more

By Gemma May 23, 2020

#StoryBound is my favourite lockdown read so far!

Edie/Cupcake slips into a parallel universe and finds that her favourite fantasy series is real and she can help to save her ‘book boyfriend’ Kane the Traveller with her knowledge of what is to finally come. But things aren’t exactly as they were in t ...more

By Yara April 12, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book. It started out slow for me, but once Edie (aka Cupcake, lol) gets into the book world, it takes off at a good clip. It read a little young (closer to MG than YA) except for a few swears here and there, but I still really liked it. I loved seeing the story develop ...more

By Alice June 07, 2020

This is not my favorite genre, but I enjoy visiting these places of alternate reality now and again. This book was extra fun because the author is from an area near me in Texas and uses the Texas landscape in her alternate world too. My problems with the story were 1) I don't like people who swear c ...more

By Susan May 07, 2020

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. This book felt a bit different than ones I usually read. Very slow start but by the last page I was shocked it was done! There was so much more I wanted to know about...nevermind - spoilers. It was the type of story where I felt I was beginning to know the characters ...more

By Megan April 09, 2020

Such as cute book!!! What book lover can’t relate to wishing they could get sucked into their favorite series and meeting their Book Boyfriend? This story is on the younger end of the YA scale but the story and characters were so good that anyone could enjoy this story. I feel like there was still a ...more

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Emily McKay

About the author

Emily McKay

Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberely Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination. When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

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