Wanted (Storymakers Series #2)

Wanted (Storymakers Series #2)

by Betsy Schow

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ISBN-13: 9781492635994
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Storymakers Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 54,052
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Betsy Schow is the author of the memoir Finished Being Fat, and has been featured on The Today Show and in The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Utah, but travels the country with Color Me Rad 5k, and partners with non-profits to teach kids creative thinking and how to reach their goals. Visit her at betsyschow.com

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Wanted (Storymakers Series #2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 3 Best read shortly after Spelled, the first in the series, this book picks up right after and follows the story of Rexi Hood, Dorothea’s servant and eventual friend from the first. And I hoped for the promise shown in the first: the mash up of fairy tales, pop culture, and other solidly literary references that jumped out and instantly felt ‘familiar’ even in the new setting. But without a recap, some may be confused, and even with it, the lack of clear direction in the plot, with plenty of moments that jumped about without being connected in any substantial way to the events just before, this became a story that was far more difficult to follow. Yes, there are some of the wonderful moments: characters have intriguing and unique views on the world around them, and those moments did shine even as the plot was all over the place and difficult to follow. And Rexi, held true to her rather plain-spoken and determined self we met in the first book, even as it seemed she couldn’t set her course to one step after another, and the arc that introduced Camelot, and Rexi’s desire to live up to her famous father’s legacy (Robin Hood) AND then write her own story just never did gel for me. I’m hoping that the missing pieces and ideas will come together to bring the conclusion and tie up the repeated and many loose ends in this one. Narration for this story is provided by Arielle DeLisle and she does become Rexi with a voice that is appropriate to a teenaged, angsty, often angry and scattered girl. Each moment is as fully realized as the writing will allow, and new characters are clearly presented and distinct. A solid performance that did attempt to keep intrigue and interest in the many twists and skips throughout the story, even as readers may have lost the plot threads a few times. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a good way. The second book brought in more characters and still involved the 1st book while advancing the plot. Some surprises too! Enjoyed very much! On to #3!
Little_MissDQ More than 1 year ago
I read Spelled when it came out two years ago, so I really didn't remember much from it. Minor details. Those are the ones I did remember. Major plot points, like the overall story, not so much. How I miss the days I could reread a book before proceeding with the continuations. My not remembering the book is no comment on the book itself, I read it in the summer and astute blog readers might be aware that those are never great for me. I read to escape and pretty much leave it all behind. Two things I do recall from Spelled; and not just because I looked back on my review for it, I loved the mix of stories and Rexi was my favorite. Just my luck because in this one we get twice the amount of both; so many new stories mixed in and this time it's Rexi telling the story. It's not just a fairy tale mash in this one but well known legends and a bit of pop culture too, which was so much fun. And I think that's the overall point of this book: fun. Betsy Schow must have had so much fun coming up with some of these ideas because I had a blast reading it. It's so imaginative and yet so familiar because you will know the characters and little things referenced. It's like looking for easter eggs in movies, but you really don't have to pay too close attention because you won't miss any. As I already mentioned Rexi was always my favorite so I absolutely loved getting to spend time with just her. Not that we don't see all the characters from Spelled, they do show up and have some pretty interesting plot twists themselves. But, for me, Rexi has always been the best because in the first book she wasn't the hero, it was naturally expected that she would fall into the role of "faithful sidekick;" and she herself made it obvious that she is no sidekick. Which is what makes the story being all about her so great, we get more from her, her background, and who she really wants to be. This is a fun adventure, a great escape and a pretty interesting story all around.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Spelled could have been wrapped up in one book, but for that pesky epilogue which opens a whole can of worms in this book. Wanted starts off a little further into the timeline from Spelled, and is from Rexi’s POV – which is why in the starting I was like ‘huh, where did these characters come from?’ If I hadn’t just finished Spelled I would have been so confused. Actually, I was still confused; a lot of the book was me just walking around dazed like Alice in Wonderland, but we’ll get to that later on in this review. So, when this book starts, the squad is dealing with repercussions from Dot saving Rexi’s life at the last minute, binding her to her life, and connecting them closely in their minds. Kato transforms every time he kisses Dorthea, and they all are now outlaws (from who? there is no ‘ruler’ or ‘leader’ or a form of government to convict them!) and on the run from the Blanca who escaped and brought down Kato’s mountain abode (we get this explanation a little further into the book) but thankfully they still have Hydra – wonder head hunter right? Wrong, because she picks the wrong head, gets trapped in Gwenevere’s personality and unleashes more trouble on the plot. Now, there are a lot of things going on here, just like Spelled. Rexi is revealed to be Robin Hood’s daughter (who is a terrible father, btw), Camelot is taking centerstage (who was ruling all this time again?) and we are told that Stories and Legends are two separate territories in Libraria. My head was spinning because it is an amalgamation of so many different stories, but not in a way that was sufficiently coherent or with adequate motive to do so. Characters were just popping in and out according to plot convenience. Why did Gwen even want a Villain academy? Why did the Evil Queen even want to help Morte? Also, what did Morte even want in this world when reality would have been much easier to conquer? Also, does he only exist as an afterlife for fairytale characters? Why the sudden love triangle? This sequel was just messy, and with the same problems as the first one – not enough attention to characters themselves, which is why we get Dot suddenly jealous of Rexi, and the weird triangle thing going on. Overall, I was just glad when it was over because it was exhausting to keep track of things that didn’t make sense till the very ending. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing series that you can’t put down! I love how the story of Rexi, Kati even Dot all have manifested and the trials they will face ! I can’t wait to continue the series !
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Another fairy tale fail. I haven't read many spins on fairy tales recently that I actually enjoyed which is unfortunate since I love fairy tales so much.  Wanted was a bit of a mess. It reminded me a lot of the show Once Upon a Time (which I stopped watching after a few seasons because it was also a mess). There are at least four different tales brought together in this book, each with its own twist.  The problem with this book was that it was simply all over the place. The scenes didn't flow at all, as though they were written separately and pieced together. It left me more confused than intrigued which is never a good sign.  I was interested in one of the new characters, Rexi Hood, but she ended up being more of a plot device, designated to sidekick land where she got to die and come back several times over (this isn't Supernatural, she's not a Winchester, we don't need this).  What worked for this book is the creativity of the world. Like I said, I used to watch ONCE and I was initially interested in it because it did bring all the different fairy tales into one world where they influenced and interacted with each other. I saw that same idea here in Wanted but the execution left something to be desired.  It wasn't a terribly bad book, exactly, but I doubt I'll be reading on in the series.