Saturday, June 18, 2011
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Creel, the heroine of Dragon Slippers is hardly a damsel-in-distress. After her aunt totes her out to the local dragon in desperation (with the hope that the local prince will rescue her from certain death and marry her), Creel refuses the haughty prince and finds friendship with the dragons, who set her on a journey to the center of the kingdom with a pretty pair of what only seem to be ordinary slippers. Along the way we discover Creel’s enormous talent at embroidery, and you can’t help but linger over the rich descriptions of her lovely tapestry-like gowns, which quickly make her the most sought-after dressmaker in the kingdom. But soon enough those mysterious slippers begin to wreak havoc, and it’s up to Creel to save the kingdom from disaster and defend the dragons from certain doom. Creel’s feisty spirit breathes fiery new life into this epic world at every turn, making this one of the most memorable and fun fantasy debuts to hit shelves since Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart.
Dragons! Who can't resist picking up a book about dragons? Especially when the cover is that beautiful. Sure, I know what people say. Don't judge a book by it's cover. But I do. A beautiful cover makes me pick it up, just like a good name or cover flap. Yes, I have read wonderful books with ugly covers, or awful books with beautiful covers. But in my opinion, pretty covers make the reader look at the book, where the actual book makes the reader love them. Not only does 'Dragon Slippers' have a great cover, but it is a WONDERFUL story.
When Creel's Aunt leaves her at a dragon's cave, she (the aunt) is hoping that a noble will come and save Creel. But Creel talks her way out of being eaten...And her way into getting a piece of the dragon's hoard. But to her surprise, this dragon doesn't hoard gold. Nope, instead he hoards shoes. So, equipped with her new shoes, a bit of thread and cloth, and the clothes on her back, she sets out to become a dressmaker in King's Seat. But along the way, she is attacked by bandits. And saved...by a glass window falling from the sky.
With adventure, romance, action, fantasy, and fun, this is a great book. And don't worry about the cliffhanger end. There are two more books in the series!
(I just want to say that this review covers like, a third of the book. So read it to find out the rest!)
Language: EXTREMELY EXTREMELY EXTREMELY Mild
Adult Content: Death, Love