Feb 23, 2018

Recent Reads: Banished by Betsy Schow

Source: From Netgalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Banished (The Storymakers, #3)
Banished by Betsy Schow

Series: The Storymakers #3
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date:  February 6, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story—and to remember how to get home.

Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated. Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?


Banished is the conclusion to the Storymakers series about Dot and Rexi. In book two Rexi has banished Dot to the real world (for good reason - you should read book 2) and is trying to make things right in story while Dot is trying to return home from Kansas. 

The story is told in alternating chapters we hear some from Dot and then some from Rexi as the story progresses. Dot is stuck in Kansas, while Rexi is fighting for Story but they have to work together to finish the tale.

I don't want to go into too much detail about this book because it will give away a lot of important details from the previous two but it was a very good ending to the trilogy. Rexi had a lot of growth in this series and I think Dot did as well. They both learned about being more than what they believed themselves to be. Rexi wasn't fully a thief, while Dot wasn't just a princess. Coming together and this tale also made them help each other to make these changes in themselves when they needed them. I loved the character developments in this series. Sadly in the end, it was hard to tell the two characters apart. They were in different places but their personalities started to seem similar.

I enjoyed the ending and the story leading up to it. The plot picked up right where book two seemed to leave off and there was enough action to keep the reader interested. There were even a few twists that caught me off-guard which I think is always nice. Being a little unpredictable in a series is a good thing to have.

I have really been enjoying retellings and I think that if you want a trilogy to read in this genre, this is a pretty good one.

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