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Cinderella's Shoes

(Fairy-tale Inheritance #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she's been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s magical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants.

But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning. It turns out that the priceless gla
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Entangled: Teen
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Aw, I loved it! I really enjoy WWII-era historical and fairytale retellings ... and Cinderella's Shoes by Shonna Slayton was both! Ominous, but fun. Real, yet whimsical. This is one Cinderella retelling series you don’t want to miss!

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-ac
Hannah Rodes
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Cinderella’s Shoes by Shonna Slayton

Rating-three point five stars.

So, Cinderella’s shoes was a quite anticipated read and when my sister gave this to me for Christmas I was ecstatic. I loved the new characters and the change of scenery we saw in Cinderella’s shoes. Kate was still the awesome Kate. Johnny was still the charming guy, who was simply amazing! I loved how you were never quite sure of Lidka. It kept me guessing and I love that in stories. (Well, who doesn’t.)

Even though I loved t
Courtney Toohey
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from Netgalley and Entangled Teen in exchanged for an honest review. See the full post for the blog tour at

For many young girls, there is no better dress than the one that graces the pages of the fairytale Cinderella. In their wistful imaginations, they close their eyes and transport themselves to The Ball in their magical new gown sewn with magic, searching for Prince Charming. But the story doesn’t end there. We all know that at th
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
World War II has been over for a couple years and Kate’s father has been declared missing in action and then deceased. Why, then, isn’t Kate able to accept his death? Although the descendants of Cinderella’s stepsisters are horrible, but perhaps there is some truth to their insinuation that the missing glass slippers might be able to be used in finding people. Perhaps there is some hope for Kate’s dad after all. Now, if only she could make it to Italy and Poland…

Shonna Slayton’s Cinderella’s Sho
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I hadn't read the first book in this series, but that didn't take away from this one. Overall this was pretty good. It's classified as YA, but the characters are just heading into college, so it is a little older.

I definitely liked the premise, and I thought the author had some unique twists to the classic Cinderella story that we all know (and love). She also threw in the aftermath of war which gave the book a little edge. I felt it was interesting to have Cinderella be Polish, that
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Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

this book does not need Cindrella’s dress to be read and understood but by reading Cinderella’ s dress first you get a better idea and background first. You also get more depth to the characters and the parts they play. Each character has a role and has importance even if it isn’t seen at first.

The building of the era and the surroundings is excellent and needed so that you can transport yourself back to this time. the descriptions and stories make you feel as if you are there living it. The his
Cinderalla's Shoes, was such a good book. I liked this one even better then Cinderella's Dress. IT WAS SO GOOD! Everyone should read this. Sorry for the terrible review i am no t a writer. :P I recommend it to ages 12 and up. :) ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beautiful-covers
Overall, I liked this. I thought it was a really solid sequel to "Cinderella's Dress," and it was so good to see the conclusion of everyone's story.

There was a lot less of Elsie in this book, which was sad. But I understand why - her health is failing, and she's no longer the Keeper. Most of this book actually took place out of America, so we only got a bit of Josie and Kate's mom, too. But it allowed other characters to shine, which I liked. We also got to meet Johnny's parents - Mrs. Day is a
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s been almost four years since I read book one, but I still enjoyed this one. It’s sort of a ya historical with a fantasy/magical realism twist. The story was interesting and it was a quick read.
Shannon Ross
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series was good. It is not my normal read but I enjoyed it.
The characters, magic, and mix of history add to the overall feel of the twisted fantasy tale. It was worth it, but it's not on my going to read again list.
I read about half this book last summer, and then got frustrated with the characters, so I put it down. I forgot about it, and it went into my pile of doom (i.e. the pile of books beside my bed). But I'm trying to read books I've bought and not read/finished this year, so I picked it up today and finished the rest of it in one sitting.

This book in the sequel to Cinderella's Dress, and it picks up not long after the first book, with Kate going with Nessa and her grandmother to Italy, and her boy
Ciara Jammine
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There will be mild spoilers in this book.

I've said it once and I will say it again, the ww2 time period worked so well with this story. I'm so happy I decided to binge the douollogy.
I don't think I talked about thus in my last review but the history of ww2 is so well researched. It felt like I was experiencing the after shock of ww2 with the characters. One of the best examples of this is Lidka. am the way that she interacted with the rest of the characters was so authentic. Lidka is an amazin
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely historical fiction book!
Cinderella’s Shoes by Shonna Slayton opens as the ceremony moving the protection responsibility from Aunt Elsie to Kate is performed by Princess Kolodenko. Kate is now ward of Cinderella's three dresses but the shoes have been lost. Kate gets the chance to travel to Europe with the royal family and teach Princess Nessa everything she knows about the dresses. Nessa has no respect for the dresses and she’s frivolous with them. After getting to Europe, Kate travels
Anna Kuchina
It is a good and solid historical fiction with elements of magical realism well woven into the post-war world.
It explores deeply how the war affects people, countries and the world. It also shows the importance of traditions but also explores the idea that the old need eventually to give way to the new.
However, the plot drags a bit in the beginning and there are some inconsistencies in the characters personalities.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sequel was just as good as Cinderella's Dress and I loved reading it. I thought that it was very well written and loved how there was all of these characters that were connected in different ways and in the end it was all revealed. I also liked that fact that it was talking about what the countries were like after all the destruction of the war, something that is not mentioned very much. ...more
An Extremely Avid Reader's Reviews
This is an interesting take on the Cinderella fairytale using her shoes as a focus rather than Cinderella herself.

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Cheri Pickslay
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shonna does a superb job in weaving a believable tale that continues to surprise and thrill. I loved the era it was written in and learned even more about what life looked like after W.W.II. The romance was sweet yet not over-done and kept me cheering for Johnny & Kate.
Sandra Kent
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
2nd in the series. A little slow at first but understandable to build characters. Not predictable and some surprises to pull the stories together. Loved it.
some fun twists. again, the historical setting seemed incidental to the story. I liked the relational resolutions the story resort L wrapped with.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
3.5 stars
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2020
I really enjoyed this series! I loved the idea behind it!
Rachel D
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didnt thought that I would enjoy this book especially since I didn't read the first one its easy to read only the names are a little difficult ...more
Sylviane Stoltzman
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued from the beginning trying to find out who was a friend and who wasn't. I love how the story kept me so involved and curious. I absolutely loved the ending. Fantastic story! ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story and cannot wait to continue onto the next book in the series. Cinderella's Shoes ...more
Amy A
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it

Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

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 Cinde
While this one wasn't as strong as the first, I still enjoyed it. The fairy tale element definitely makes up a much bigger part of the plot and many of the questions at the end get answered with 'magic'. It still ended in a way that was both bittersweet and also hopeful, as the reader is left to image what will happen next for these characters as the next set of descendants in a constantly changing world. ...more
Brianna Brown
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even more exciting than the first book

I made the mistake of starting this book before bed. It was such an exciting page turner that I finished it all in one night. Highly recommend this book for all ages.
Cinderella Shoes is set after WWII. Kate Allen has been given a hard task to protect Cinderella’s dresses from the descendants of Cinderella’s evil step-sisters. She finds out that Cinderella’s shoes also exist. Kate, her boyfriend, Johnny, and a few friends journey from New York, Italy, and Poland to search for the missing shoes all along as Kate searches for her dad who has gone missing in the war.

Kate is stubborn and hopeful. She still has hope that her dad is alive, and she stubbornly cling
Kathy Filardo
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how the fairy tale elements here were woven into the post WWII settings of Italy and Poland. It was really clever and intriguing how this was done and the resolution was also witty and interesting. Would def read more from this author!
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I read the first chapter one day and then the rest of the book today. I finally got out of my reading slump with this book! such a wonderful retelling of Cinderella! This is a great duology!
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SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the Fairy-Tale Inheritance Series of young adult novels, beginning with Cinderella’s Dress.

She edited curriculum for an education company before homeschooling her own children using literature-based whole book learning. She’s taught writing using fairy tales in school classrooms and workshops, as well as in public libraries as a writer in residence. Instead of seei

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