Book Review: Dragon Slippers (by Jessica Day George)
SHORT SYNOPSIS: Ok, so I won’t tell you the end or any of the really important bits, since the joy of that is in reading it yourself. But I’ll fill you in enough to make you want to go check out this adorable book at your local library … how about that?
Creel is our main character. She’s an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle … and she feels she’s a bit of a burden to them. Her aunt comes up with the not-so-bright idea of sacrificing her to the local dragon rumored to live in the hills outside of their village. Why? So a handsome knight will come rescue Creel, who will then be one less mouth to feed – of course! Creel just happens to be a fast talker, though, and has no need of a knight or a rescue. She ends up negotiating her freedom with the dragon, and also gets some lovely slippers in with the bargain … but the slippers are much more than they seem. Exactly what the slippers are – and what they do – is information that seems to always lie just beyond Creel’s reach as she journeys to another village with hopes of beginning her own dressmaking shop.
Making friends with another dragon along the way, not to mention a prince, and making a couple of enemies besides, Creel ends up having quite the adventure. Things begin to unravel until at last the very kingdom’s safety is in jeopardy, hanging on the edge of war with a neighboring country … and only Creel can save the day.
WHY I LIKED THIS BOOK, AND WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Well, if the synopsis didn’t convince you to read Dragon Slippers, then I’ll try to give you another reason or two. Number one: the writing. It’s fresh, it’s easy-flowing, and it felt so relaxing to read a book that moved along at a pace that kept things interesting but not overly complex. Number two: the characters. They are funny and witty, but each has enough of the light and dark to make them realistic. Excepting for Princess Amalia, who is perhaps a bit stereotypically nasty, playing the part of the selfish princess a little too well. In my opinion, every villain should have his or her good points. But to each her own! Finally, number three: there is nothing over-the-top for the juvenile audience the book is intended for – and by that, I mean violence, sexuality or anything too graphic. I’m pretty conservative, and I have a peeve about finding books marketed for juvenile or even young adult, when they are clearly written with an adult audience in mind.
Altogether a great read, and if you are a fan of juvenile and young adult fantasy (basically a 100% chance as you are reading this blog!) – then I think you’ll find Dragon Slippers as adorable as did I. I’ve got the next one of the series, Dragon Flight, on my list!
- Dragons for Young People, Part Three: Eon (dragoncrossing.wordpress.com)
- Dragon Slippers (there’s no place like home) (dailypainting.typepad.com)
Posted on June 6, 2013, in books, dragon, fantasy, middle grade, Reviews, teen, young adult and tagged book review, dragon, dragon slippers, fantasy, fiction, jessica day george, middle grade, young adult. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.