Karina's Silver 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 cour ...more
I have to admit that it took me a couple of pages to get adjusted to the writing style. In the beginning it looked really bad. It seemed like Karina was just too stupid to ever have a decent conversation with. But after a while I started to apricate the humour.
In the beginning it was like reading a book narrated by a funnier version of the hulk. 14 yea ...more
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Karina’s Silver Shoes was the story of Karina, 14, who runs into silver shoes at a garage sale and can’t help but buy them. Soon, she realizes that the shoes have power. That same night, she is visited by a strange being and also two girls claiming to be from another dimension. She then hurries to follow them to that other dimension and starts a dangerous and complicated quest.
I really wanted to like this… Sadly, I c ...more
I don't like Karina. In the story, she is supposed to be fourteen years old but she doesn't act like a teenager. I mean, she's so immature and stupid! She keeps being whiny and doing childish things. She can't even climb a ladder. She also thinks that the fact that she ...more
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I unfortunately DNF'ed this book 43% of the way through it-I tried to push it until the 50% mark as I really dislike not finishing a book unless it is definitely not my type of book, but by this stage I was so disinterested in the plot and the characters.
The book focuses on Karina's and the magical world she is thrown into after finding a pair of magical silver shoes at a garage sale. And while this book seems to be catego...more
Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me. At all.
The premise was quite lovely and in the beginning, I found it to be quite enchanting. Unfortunately, the development was very dissapointing indeed.
There's not much of a plot to this story. I think the story could have been developed so much more, shaped into something really amazing. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. There's no actual world building. The characters are just thrown in an alt ...more
A few spelling errors d ...more
The story moved quickly and had fun elements that were nods to some of my most beloved, classic children’s adventures. I think those alone will make this someth ...more
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
As I started to format this review I realised this is a YA book. I thought it was middle grade? Not when I requested it, but I had forgotten about that. It read like a middle grade book to be honest.
As the title of this post already suggests: I’M VERY CONFUSED ABOUT THIS BOOK.
Barely anything was explained, and if they did explain things, I was still left confused ...more
While this book had an interesting enough plot, most of it felt like a creative writing prompt gone wrong. The book starts with our main character Karina. While out and about, Karina finds a pair of silver shoes at a yard sale. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to these shoes and purchases them, but will not wear them. After a disaster at a school dance, Karina realizes that these shoes could be dangerous and possibly magical ...more
I don't like leaving stories unfinished, especially if I have to give an honest review. It's not fair if I stop at 30% and give it a two star rating. That said, at 100%, my recommendation didn't change. I have never rolled my eyes so much while reading a book. I was under the impression this was meant to be a satirical take, but ...more
DNF @ 51%
I hate to DNF (did not finish) a book but I just lost interest so much that it was painful to keep going. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this middle grade story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy middle grade novels but this just dragged. It's an adventure story about a girl who is taken to a parallel dimension by two princesses, to destroy silver shoes that she broug ...more
Aside from the childish nature of the protag and the other main characters (2 more children, a witch, a king ...more
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. A ...more
This is a good and easy read with a lot of action and drama. The ...more
The beginning was the strongest part was where Karina will pick up the silver shoes. But after that, I don’t even know what is happening. There is no certain clarity in this novel, and I know that magical realism can be rather messy in the first place.
But the writing had no wit, absolutely nothing to draw me in. And by halfway, I was skimming. I kept on due to my ability to like this kind of books, but in the end, I ...more
The concept of this book was great, and I had high expectations for it. But unfortunately, it didn't click. It took a long time, (about halfway through the book) before I adjusted to the writing. There was no word building or any character development at all. Whyland had seemed very promising but the novel lacked explanations and half the time I was just going back and forth ...more
Overall I didn’t enjoy reading this book. If I hadn’t received this from Netgalley, I would have DNF’ed it at 30% because I have been in a reading slump and this wasn’t helping. The characters and the world felt flat to me, underdeveloped. And the plot was all over the place. I can see the potential of the promise of this novel, but it wasn’t that was executed.
"You don't understand," the woman said. "There are many things anyone could do. Each person is faced with infinite possibilities. It doesn't matter why you choose one or the other, or why life draws you one way or another. What matters is not why, or what exactly, but your choices along the way. Perhaps any girl could have done it. But not all of them would have done it."
As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not ...more