Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:01 PM

The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles #1)by 


Goodreads 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.


My Thoughts 3 Stars


First off, I was SO excited to read this book. In fact, I was so excited that the whole week that I was waiting for it in the mail I was unable to read anything else.

BUT...I was very disappointed with this book. 

I found this book interesting in premise, but extremely boring. I almost DNF'd  it multiple times. But I was certain that I was going to love it and was determined to finish.

The book has multiple POVs (points of view), 6-7 different characters.  I didn't know this going into the book and wasn't too thrilled about it. There were so many characters in the beginning I had to stop and remember who everyone was.

The first chapter actually rubbed me the wrong way for some reason and the whole book was a wash for me. 

The Story:
The story is about this world where part of it, where the Keepers live, is full of magic and long lives. The other part of the world is full of regular humans seemingly without magic who live shorter lives. There is a wall that separates the two to keep peace and it is in danger of falling. 

The Characters:
The characters were interesting.
The Storyspiner:
Johanna is a performer that is raised to be part of a traveling group of performers (singers, acrobats, high rope walkers, storyspinners, etc.) I liked her.  She was confident, loved her family and was a talented singer and storyteller (storyspinner).
The Keepers:
Jacaré- He's very serious about all he does.
Leaõ - He's extremely attractive, but also sweet and humble. 
Pira - She is the stereotypical "tough girl" who wants to be like the other guys. 
Tex - He's the old man who knows everything.
The Nobles:
Rafi - Rafi will become one of the Dukes of his land. He's a strange character to me. He seems extremely serious, rude and almost cruel at he beginning but does quite a bit of changing.
Dom - He probably was one of my favorites because he wasn't as serious as the rest. He had the best one liners in the whole book. 

Overall Thoughts:
Sadly for me, this book was a miss. The ideas, world and magic were interesting but it left me BORED...a lot. There weren't lots of action-packed scenes, and even the romance had annoying moments. I never got emotionally invested in the story or the characters. 

It ends with a definite need for a book two, as the story is not resolved. 

This book is SUPER popular, so I suggest if you love high fantasy read it. But, I didn't love it.

3 Response to "Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace"

Pili Says:

Bummer to hear it really wasn't your thing at all, maybe so many POVs were too jarring... I still think that I'll give it a try!

The YA Book Traveler Says:

Yes, definitely read it. I've had such an off year this year with books. At least I LOVED The Orphan Queen. I would have cried if I had struggled with that one too.

Sajda - Across the Words Says:

Aww I'm sorry you struggled with this one! I really loved this one but I can see what you mean about it not being action packed. I think this one is more so setting the stage for the later books.

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