Thursday, November 12, 2020

Book Review: Karina's Silver Shoes by D Leitao


About the Book

Karina's Silver Shoes
by D Leitao

Description from Goodreads: 

She’s got the fate of a kingdom in her hands—or rather, in her shoes.
14-year old Karina is not sure what she wants, but she knows what she’s found: fascinating silver shoes. Fascinating, dangerous, and potentially evil. On the upside, they do bring cool visitors.

When two princesses ask her to go to Whyland, a kingdom in a parallel dimension, to destroy the shoes, of course Karina accepts. Who would refuse a free trip to an alternate world?

Advised by a wise master and threatened by a beautiful stepmother, Karina goes on a journey with a princess to defeat a powerful witch. But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how.

From Brazilian / Canadian writer Denise Marques Leitao comes Karina’s Silver Shoes, a teen parody of fantasy and fairy-tale tropes with many female characters, friendships between girls and women, and some subtle romance.


Karina’s Silver Shoes is a young YA fairytale-like fantasy novel for girls. Modern day Karina has a magical pair of shoes, and when she is asked to visit another world and go on a quest for some princesses, of course she accepts.

Karina’s Silver Shoes was a cute story about a young teen girl who goes on a fairytale adventure, makes wonderful friends, and grows in character while doing so. It was easy to read and is appropriate for younger teen and preteen girls. The story was fun and engaging. And the cover, while not detailed, is beautiful, don’t you think?

My favorite part was what one character said about wishes at the end. It made me think. But I won’t spoil it for you by saying more.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to girls who enjoy fairytale adventures.

I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

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