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Karina's Silver Shoes

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 cour
ebook, 251 pages
Published September 18th 2017 by Sparkly Wave
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This book was such a surprise! I expected this book to be just like 90% of all other YA novels that came out this year but it was absolutely not!

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
Manon the Malicious
*2.5 Stars*

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
chloe ♡
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
Hmm, this book. It's totally unlike other YA books I've read before. I was expecting something more fantasy-ish and teen-ish (if you get what I mean?) I think this book should be classified as Middle Grade instead of Young Adult.

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
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The book starts off with Karina buying silver shoes in a yard sale (how did those shoes get there???). The shoes seem to possess some kind of power and she ends up going with two sisters that show up in her house at night, who told her they needed the shoes to save their kingdom in an alternative universe. If that doesn't sound crazy to you, this is only the start. I didn't understand Karina's motivations for anything, really, she's a follower and does pretty much whatever people tell her to. Sh ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it

*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

Shifty Reads
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, big-letdown
I received a free arc in exchange of an honest review.

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
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the moment, Karina lay eyes on a pair of silver shoes, she knew she had to have them. The shoes' unnatural pull has made her covet them in a way that often puts herself and those around her in unexpected circumstances. Her life is soon turned upside down when she is catapulted into the chaotic realm of Whyland. It is there that she soon becomes privy to a plan several of its residents have concocted in order to restore balance to the realm itself. Despite her misgivings, she dives head-firs ...more
Erin Bomboy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Karina's Silver Shoes is a fun, easy-to-read YA fantasy. Karina — a little snarky, a little naive — purchases a pair of silver shoes on a whim. Their presence kicks off an adventure where Karina enters another world called Whyland. There's a bad witch who might be good, a good advisor who might be bad, and assorted princesses. The adventure is easy enough to follow, and I enjoyed the commentary on wishes — don't wish for world peace although, in a way, that's what happens.

A few spelling errors d
Angala Fox
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was a great fairy tale retelling. I loved the strong characters and the way the author told their story. Definitely a must read.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a shoe type of girl. Always looking for that next fabulous pair. Who would have thought so much could happen from simply buying a stunning new pair of shoes? When Karina buys a pair of silver shoes at a garage sale, for a bargain mind you, she can tell they are special, but has no idea they will be a catalyst to something fantastical.

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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun teen fantasy book. Loved the story. I would give 5 stars but for the many grammatical/spelling errors! Especially the word "below" was constantly written as "bellow" lol! ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)

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
Vanessa Fry
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a free arc in exchange for an honest review.

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
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The description of this made it sound like a wonderful, witty and promising young adult book. The first chapter made me wonder if I was reading middle grade by accident.
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
*thank you to Netgalley, Sparkly Wave and Weapenry Co-Op for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.
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
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was hesitant about requesting this book, because the protag was so young... however, the netgalley reviews assured me that the story was good and it was "not like other ya books" netgalley - you have failed me !!!!!! Perhaps this was not "like other ya books" BECAUSE IT IS A CHILDRENS BOOK, honestly, the fairy boarding school books i used to read when i was 10 were more mature than this.

Aside from the childish nature of the protag and the other main characters (2 more children, a witch, a king
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
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. A
Marianne Reese
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pair of shoes purchased at a garage sale captivates Karina in a way she could not have imagined. When the creator of the shoes appears in Karina's room in an attempt to acquire them, it is the beginning of a mystical adventure. Karina is teleported to a different realm where she is caught in the middle of a fight for power. Who to trust is one of the many obstacles Karina faces as she struggles to decide what to do with the shoes.
This is a good and easy read with a lot of action and drama. The
Victorique Crawford
I originally really liked this work at least before it became one heck of a mess.

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
Disappointing. After a great deal of time and struggling, I've finally finished the book. I wish I didn't bother. Really.

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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I was provided with a eARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley, but my review is all my own opinion and thoughts*

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.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. I would definitely let my young teen read this book.
Arissa Sani
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s about a girl, Karina, finding these silver shoes and she became possessive over them. This was obvious when she was furious that her friend had borrowed them without asking. Things didn’t end well for her friend…she didn’t die if that’s what you’re thinking. Afterwards, she is visited by two separate parties who both want the shoes. They come from this other dimension which seems like a fantasy, futuristic world called Whyland. Apparently, these shoes are evil and owned by an evil witch. Th ...more
Josephine Charles
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nice Book
Jessica | Booked J
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-earc-queue
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"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
Ginny Lurcock
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No. Just... no.

This book was 100% unreadable. The writing style lacked all style it felt more like something a tween would turn in as a creative writing assignment and would get, at max, a C- on.
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