Review: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

Dragon SlippersDragon Slippers
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Age Group: MG/Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.

Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.

But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.

My Thoughts

I have been raving about Jessica Day George since I started blogging.  Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t loved every single book that she has written; however some of my favorite fairytale books have been hers.  Anyway, Dragon Slippers has been on my radar ever since I read my first George book (Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow), but I just never got around to reading it.  After seeing a very positive review from Alison over at The Cheap Reader, I knew I needed to move it up my TBR list.

And, oh my gosh, you guys, Dragon Slippers was full of adorableness!  I could tell, right from the first sentence, that the tone of this book was perfect for me.  George captured my attention immediately with the humor of that first sentence, and at the same time she gives the reader a perfect impression of who Creel is.  You can tell immediately that Creel is smart, practical, and definitely someone who can take care of herself.  No pity party from her!

And the dragons!  Although I absolutely loved this book, I do wish we got to see more of the different dragons.  George creates such wonderful personalities for each dragon, and they were definitely my favorite part of the whole book.  And, of course, I have a favorite dragon (Feniul!) because I loved what his hoard was.  Naturally, all dragon’s have a hoard (perhaps of gold).

Although this book starts off completely adorable, it does take a darker turn, as the novel progresses.  I loved how determined Creel was to save her country, but also to save the dragons.  One thing that I was sort of meh about was about Shardas at the end of the novel.  I didn’t really love that, not that I hated it by any means.

Anyway, if you are looking for something totally adorable, with an awesome main character, pick up Dragon Slippers.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Review: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

  1. Alison says:

    Eeek. Glad you liked this as much as I did, Quinn! Hope you like the rest of the series as well.

  2. Liesel Hill says:

    Great review! I’m all about the dragons! I’ll TBR this one. 😀

  3. Suzanne says:

    I recently read two of her princess stories, adn I guess I need to add everything else she’s written to my list. I’ve been eyeing her newest, but I’ll definitely add this one, too!

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