The Other Slipper
Jo discovers a lone glass slipper on her way home from the ball. She takes the slipper home and hears noises and humming coming from the slipper that no one else can hear. She finally takes the slipper back to the palace and the Princess sends her on a journey to return the slipper where it belongs. She finds herself on a journey where she confronts magic and illusions and gets confronted with her past and what is to be her destiny.
When initially starting the story, one thinks they are going to get a retelling of the age old story of Cinderella. This is far from the truth. The story is not bad but it gets a bit wordy at times. Because of this, it does not flow very well. I found myself lost at times because of all the unusual names and the different characters that were introduced. Our major players are quite varied. Ron, Jo's brother is sweet and kind. Locke is around to help get Jo and her brother Ron safely to their destination. He discovers early on that Jo is stubborn and is unwilling to listen to reason. Jo is a very unlikable young girl. She is willful, haughty, and strong-willed. No one can reason with her and she does not grow or mature even by the end of the story. I found myself losing concentration more then once because the story just drags on and on. Another thing that stuck out for me was when Jo made the comment she should have lifted with her knees while picking up a pumpkin. I doubt seriously if that was even thought about when this story is taking place. If you are into magic and fantasy, you may enjoy this story. I was just not able to get into this particular story.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy for reviewing purposes.
I give The Other Slipper 3 out of 5 stars