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Cinderella's Shoes Paperback – October 6, 2015
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Slayton combines fantasy and historical fiction in this sequel to Cinderella's Dress (Entangled Teen, 2014). World War II has ended, but 18-year-old Kate Allen's life has yet to return to normal. Her father is still missing in the war zone, her boyfriend is getting ready to go to Europe to film a movie, and Kate has just taken up her duties as Keeper of Cinderella's dress (which has magical properties and is being pursued, along with her glittering slippers, by villains related to the evil stepsisters). Convinced that the magical shoes—which guided Prince Charming to Cinderella, after all—will lead her to her missing father, Kate jumps on the chance to go to Italy to search for them. Abroad, she learns that magical things are seldom what they seem and that the same goes for the people who keep them. Well plotted and moderately paced, the book (although squeaky-clean in its boyfriend/girlfriend interactions) is better suited for older teens. Patient readers will be able to figure out enough of the magical structure to get by without accessing the first installment, though familiarity with the first volume would enrich readers' experience with this sequel. VERDICT Hand this to fans of historical fiction with a twist of magic and romance.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX
About the Author
SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella's Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella's Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.
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Kate Allen recently discovered the magical qualities of some ancient dresses … and her destiny to become the Keeper of the Wardrobe; but shocking secrets still abound.
World War II has ended, but Mr. Allen has yet to return. Even though he was reported missing-in-action, Kate won’t give up, and is hoping Cinderella’s legendary shoes can help. So, along with her boyfriend, Johnny, she embarks on a crazy journey filled with twists and turns; excitement and danger.
Will she find what she’s looking for? Or lose everything?
After quite enjoying Cinderella's Dress (Book One), I was so excited to get my hands on this one and continue Kate's journey! The war is over, but the aftermath is still shockingly real. The historical aspect of Cinderella's Shoes is great; it was thoroughly interesting and I learned a lot, actually! And we got to travel outside America too! The fairytale aspect was also rich and captivating. -The history of Cinderella! ^_^ So fun. So fascinating. (view spoiler)
I got annoyed at Kate a few times, but this was a journey of learning and realizing for her! She's actually a relateble and likable character overall, to me, and I so enjoyed reading two books about her and Johnny! *smiles* I hope there's another one!! Oh, and speaking of Johnny ... he was great! And sweet! And just ... they're so adorable! I wish we could have had more time with Johnny! (A couple times he got left out!) But it was good. And that ending made up for it all!!
Besides being great historical and a lovely fairytale retelling (of sorts), Cinderella's Shoes has a bit of magic. It's all mellow and fun though. Nothing huge. Just a touch of fairytale magic here and there. I really liked it!
So did I mention the ending? *swoon* It was sooo sweet and beautiful and happy!! I'm so, so glad that it ended like that! (view spoiler), because a lot of YA novels don't. I just loved it! Made me sigh happily. Such a sweet ending to a sweet Cinderella romance series. Although, I do hope there's more books to this series! Even if not about Kate, maybe about another character we met! Lidka, perhaps? *grins* Speaking of her, she was quite the interesting character! Hard, and hiding secrets, but strangely vulnerable and confusing at times. I would like to have a story dedicated to her!
So, all in all, Cinderella's Shoes is a sweet, exciting YA historical romance filled with surprises, secrets, danger, and touches of magic! I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and recommend to historical and fairytale lovers alike! So much fun! I want to read more!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone knows the story of Cinderella. So what happens if the ‘story’ is less fictional, more true, and still full of magic? Kate Allen found that out for herself when she discovered she is descended from a line of “Keepers,” one girl that is tasked with watching over the three famed dresses of Cinderella (or as known in this story Kopciuszek): her servant dress, the ball gown, and her wedding dress.
Of course if Cinderella was a living breathing person, it’s safe to assume other aspects of the story are true as well, notably the wicked stepsisters. Yep, their descendants are still up to no good, and constantly trying to get the dresses and any power they may contain. In the process of thwarting their attempts at getting the dresses, Kate learns some very interesting information. Cinderella’s shoes are also a thing of truth, and not only that, but they can purportedly help the bearer find loved ones. Kate sees this as an opportunity to find her father who went missing in the war and whom Kate also heartedly believes is still alive. Kate’s search will take her to Italy and Poland, both countries ravaged by the war, and along the way she’ll be thrown into situations where she has to rely on her instincts more so than the people around her.
This one was a difficult one for me. Not having read the first book, I had no context as to where these characters were coming from besides what I gleamed from referenced situations in this book. I may be a little lenient here because it’s possible had I read the first book, I would have understood either the author’s writing style more—meaning certain things wouldn’t have been so off-putting while reading—or I would have already felt some kind of connection to the characters therefore understanding their actions more. So only based on the storyline in this book, it was just okay.
I wasn’t overly impressed with Kate as our heroine. She’s very recently discovered her lineage in being a Keeper, but instead of Cinderella’s descendant being welcoming and forthcoming with information, everything is shrouded in unnecessary mystery. You would think the Princess’ line would want their Keeper to know all the ins and outs of their job, but apparently not. You may be thinking ‘this isn’t Kate’s fault’ and you’d be right, but what is her fault is knowing that things are being kept from her and not speaking up. She just goes along with things willy-nilly throughout the whole book and I was waiting so patiently for her to get tired of it and stand up for herself. It never happens.
The mystery of finding the shoes and overall history behind them did spark my interest, but I felt like this gets shrouded by throwing too many ‘people of suspect’ at the readers. Too many coincidental meetings that didn’t make sense to me even when all the dots were connected by the end.
Overall, I loved what Shonna Slayton tried to do in bringing a fairy tale into the real world. That was very interesting, but I still wanted that fairy tale magic, and while it is present, we only see it utilized very briefly and even then we’re never given the purpose of its use. This one just missed the mark for me.
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