Storymakers trilogy by Betsy Schow. Published by Sourcebooks Fire and released 1st February, 2018, it's aimed firmly at the younger end of the YA market. There is a strong continuity and back story for the characters and plot arc from the first two books, so I definitely wouldn't recommend this one as a standalone.
I enjoy the parallel fictional world and fictional characters in the 'real world' subgenre. There are several that are superlative (Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books to name a standout). This series, the Storymakers, never really got going for me personally. Admittedly, it's been a lot of years since I was a 13 year old girl - the primary audience. On the other hand, there are an awful lot of awkwardly written scenes covered over with sarcastic dialogue. I can't count the number of times I was yanked out of my suspension of disbelief by clunky descriptions or unfortunate dialogue. I received an early ARC for purposes of review, so it's entirely possible that much editing and polishing has occurred in the release copy.
I found many of the wordplay jokes too precious to be enjoyable ('No way in spell', 'No pixing joke', etc etc). I also freely admit the 'really sane person trying to convince authority figures in a mental hospital that the monsters are real' trope has always really bothered me a lot. I'm a medical professional and reading 'chemotherapy' in that sort of setting made me grind my teeth. It was just so unnecessary.
Without belaboring the point, Banished wasn't for me, I am not the intended audience, and there are enough really glowing reviews that my experience is probably anomalous.
Published 1st February, 336 pages, available in ebook and paperback formats.
Two and a half stars (mostly for grammar and snark. If punctuation and sentence structure don't matter to you, add a star or more).
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.