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Title: Dragon Slippers
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Published April 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2006)
ISBN: 9781599900575
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Poor Creel. She can't believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. It's a ploy to lure a heroic knight so that he will fight the dragon, marry Creel out of chivalrous obligation, and lift the entire family out of poverty. Creel isn't worried. After all, nobody has seen a dragon in centuries. But when the beast actually appears, Creel not only bargains with h Poor Creel. She can't believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. It's a ploy to lure a heroic knight so that he will fight the dragon, marry Creel out of chivalrous obligation, and lift the entire family out of poverty. Creel isn't worried. After all, nobody has seen a dragon in centuries. But when the beast actually appears, Creel not only bargains with him for her life, she also ends up with a rare bit of treasure from his hoard, not gold or jewels, but a pair of simple blue slippers-or so she thinks. It's not until later that Creel learns a shocking truth: She possesses not just any pair of shoes, but ones that could be used to save her kingdom, which is on the verge of war, or destroy it.

30 review for Dragon Slippers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    My first published novel, and I have to say: I am pretty DARN impressed with myself! I read it aloud to my son (6 years old) because he wanted to know what was in Mommy's books. He liked it as well!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    This book is one of those books which may put you off by its beginning. Not that it's too slow. It's because it's too.....uneventful to enjoy. I remember how I suffered at least 40% of it. I was inexplicably annoyed. But I wanted to get through this book at least once to say that finally I have read a book recommended to me by Goodreads! After 50% I FINALLY began to enjoy it. And I am thankful now to Goodreads for the recommendation. ^^ OVERVIEW Creel is an orphan. Her aunt decided to give her This book is one of those books which may put you off by its beginning. Not that it's too slow. It's because it's too.....uneventful to enjoy. I remember how I suffered at least 40% of it. I was inexplicably annoyed. But I wanted to get through this book at least once to say that finally I have read a book recommended to me by Goodreads! After 50% I FINALLY began to enjoy it. And I am thankful now to Goodreads for the recommendation. ^^ OVERVIEW Creel is an orphan. Her aunt decided to give her to the dragon because they are poor and that one day a knight may save her from dragon's clutches and marry her and they will get a a good deal of fortune. But Creel have her own plans. Creel is given to the dragon named Theoradus who doesn't want any fight with the knight. So Creel bargains with Theoradus for a valueable thing from his hoard before leaving him. The thing she gets from his hoard which is a pair of beautiful blue slippers is the most dangerous thing which sets the world on war. RANDOM THOUGHTS => Creel is one of the strong female protagonists I have ever read. She is determined to be a dressmaker. I liked her struggle. I must say she is written in a very descriptive manner. Prince Luka was also cute. I liked him too. => Dragons were amazing. They were different. It was an unexpected fact that these dragons didn't collect gold or such things. They collected what they like. Like: Glasses, Slippers, Books, Dogs etc... Each had his own taste. Shardas collected glasses which I really loved. Theoradus collectef slippers. => I was annoyed by the fact that why the dragons were not telling Creel the purpose of Slippers?? Almost above half of the book Creel didn't know why her slippers were soo strange? Some might detest this fact. I am unsure that I should or not. Because when the revelation occurred I forgave this book for this. Even though I was very annoyed before. So I would suggest you to control yourself while reading. => The concept of slippers was a bit odd yet amazing. I think some elements were little unbelievable. Maybe because of its middle grade genre. But I didn't find any problem. => Princess Amalia was sooo annoying. I couldn't stand her. But she was amazingly written. The annoyance of her character was the whole purpose. I am surprised that how this book hasn't turned into an amazing movie? I think Disney should give a bit of its attention to this book. But I would suggest that movie should alter somethings in the beginning. Otherwise it would seem boring to death. Believe me!! Overall, an amazing start of a series. If you love dragons and dressmaker heroine, you will love this book. 🌟🌟4.5 Stars🌟🌟 June 13, 2017

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This was one of those books that completely surprised me. I thought I had an idea of what the book was going to be about because the initial premise is “Girl’s family is poor, aunt decides giving her to a dragon to be rescued will improve their life immensely,” and that premise reminds me a great deal of Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede. So I was expecting a humorous fantasy tale filled with wacky adventures. Instead, I got a somewhat humorous political story with a strong female heroine w This was one of those books that completely surprised me. I thought I had an idea of what the book was going to be about because the initial premise is “Girl’s family is poor, aunt decides giving her to a dragon to be rescued will improve their life immensely,” and that premise reminds me a great deal of Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede. So I was expecting a humorous fantasy tale filled with wacky adventures. Instead, I got a somewhat humorous political story with a strong female heroine whose strength isn’t in fighting, but is a good planner and willing to do what she must to save her friends. I hesitated to read this book for some time, because the premise reminded me of Wrede’s books, which I love, and I was afraid that the book would be one of those situations where I’m reading it, wondering why I’m not reading the other book. Part of this is the cover. The cover is rather cartoony and doesn’t really fit with the book. It elicits a lot more feelings of adventure than the book actually contains. Really, this is a political intrigue book, where the main character just happens to fall into events because she makes friends with a prince and a few dragons. One element I really loved was how strong a character Creel was without having to fit into a “girl becomes a warrior” model. It’s always nice to see well-written fantasy girls who can be strong and still have a traditionally feminine job. Creel meets her challenges with inner courage and dignity, from befriending dragons to taking on a nasty co-worker. She doesn’t want to be involved with the fate of her country, but she’ll do what she has to to protect her friends. Another great element of the book is the use of dragons as characters. The author fleshed out human/dragon relations nicely as well as gave some reality to the dragon myths. This world is the type where it was always your neighbor’s grandpa’s uncle who saw the dragon, not actually someone you know. I love how the dragons collected different things, like how one collected stained glass windows and another collected dogs. These little touches bring the dragons to life outside of standard dragon mythology. Happily the author has said she’s written a sequel to this book. While the end of Dragon Slippers is satisfactory, there is definitely room for a sequel. read the rest of my review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    This book reminded me of when I had my fantasy phase. All I would read was fantasy (I know better now) but I would have gobble this up then just like I did now. Creel is a poor girl from Carlieff, she has lost her mother and father and is now living with her aunt. Her aunt has the "genius" idea to send Creel to purposely get taken by a dragon, so that a charming prince will rescue and of course marry her. Through that marriage the whole family would benefit and no longer be scraping by to make This book reminded me of when I had my fantasy phase. All I would read was fantasy (I know better now) but I would have gobble this up then just like I did now. Creel is a poor girl from Carlieff, she has lost her mother and father and is now living with her aunt. Her aunt has the "genius" idea to send Creel to purposely get taken by a dragon, so that a charming prince will rescue and of course marry her. Through that marriage the whole family would benefit and no longer be scraping by to make ends meet. Well, everything does not go as planned... As indicated by the title there is an important pair of slippers that play a huge role in this book. I caught early on what was so special about them, but Creel herself doesn't for a good chunk of the book. I liked how her skills with embroidery come into play, and I could visualize the pieces she made. There is so much in this story that is covered, which surprised me because of it's length. The take on dragons is unique and the best one I have seen. In the story the dragons are personable (if that makes sense) and are characters in their own right. Creel herself will come to have a strong bond with the golden dragon Shardas. Pace, character development, world building, little twists, and plot were right on. I could nitpick that it has the feel of other books but I won't. I just fell in love with Jessica Day George's way of telling a story. It flows right and looks like it was done with ease, though still having the tension you need in a story. I imagine it would be an excellent book to read out loud. Will be definitely reading the sequel Dragon Flight.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    *reads original review* *groans inwardly* 15 year old Amy strikes again... This was a wonderful re-read. I'm surprised I haven't re-read it before. Creative, well-paced, and fun...definitely a treasure. I definitely disagree with my original assessment of religion in this book. I think it adds a nice flavor. Of course, I also appreciate myth a lot more now than I did at that age... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was a highly amusing, very well written book. Easily for younger grades, it also app *reads original review* *groans inwardly* 15 year old Amy strikes again... This was a wonderful re-read. I'm surprised I haven't re-read it before. Creative, well-paced, and fun...definitely a treasure. I definitely disagree with my original assessment of religion in this book. I think it adds a nice flavor. Of course, I also appreciate myth a lot more now than I did at that age... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was a highly amusing, very well written book. Easily for younger grades, it also appeals to older ones. I truly enjoyed it, and found the most distracting fault in the main character's praying to the three gods/godess of her "religion". Pretty much, that is why this book doesn't get five stars. I truly apreciated discovering that George shares my love of writers like Robin McKinley, Patricia C. Wrede, and L.M. Montgomery.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is the British edition of Dragon Slippers. I love it, it's a fun cover, and they've changed the spellings: color to colour, etc. Also, they made me take out the word 'bloody', which is in the American version!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Bravo! I have to confess, as much as I try to keep my tastes liberal (I read classics, memoirs, fiction and non-fiction), this is really my favorite kind of book. I'm proud to be your goodreads friend, Jessica--this book was pure fun! I especially liked the subtle reference to Goose Girl, another of my favorite reads. This book is the rags-to-riches, up-by-her-bootstraps story of a plucky, talented girl who happens to run into dragons a lot. I loved the characters and the humor. I was glad to se Bravo! I have to confess, as much as I try to keep my tastes liberal (I read classics, memoirs, fiction and non-fiction), this is really my favorite kind of book. I'm proud to be your goodreads friend, Jessica--this book was pure fun! I especially liked the subtle reference to Goose Girl, another of my favorite reads. This book is the rags-to-riches, up-by-her-bootstraps story of a plucky, talented girl who happens to run into dragons a lot. I loved the characters and the humor. I was glad to see the open ending and can't wait to get on to the sequel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Srividya

    This was an impulse read and while I did enjoy it, I won't say that I loved it. Don't get me wrong, it is a cute story, it just wasn't for me. I guess I have grown too old and too jaded to be awed by a simple tale. ;) Creel's adventures, right from the time she is sacrificed to a dragon, by her aunt in the hope that a local prince will rescue and then marry her, to the end of the book is definitely full of fun, a little bit of poignancy, a lot of dedication and will, and definitely one to be admi This was an impulse read and while I did enjoy it, I won't say that I loved it. Don't get me wrong, it is a cute story, it just wasn't for me. I guess I have grown too old and too jaded to be awed by a simple tale. ;) Creel's adventures, right from the time she is sacrificed to a dragon, by her aunt in the hope that a local prince will rescue and then marry her, to the end of the book is definitely full of fun, a little bit of poignancy, a lot of dedication and will, and definitely one to be admired. Inasmuch as she never gives up, no matter what she faces, is something all of us should learn. The book is meant for the middle graders and while I would love to consider myself that young (at least in the mind..lol), this book proved that I am not (sighs). I found some parts of the story excessively silly while other parts overly exaggerated, which made it really annoying. While Creel's character had some kind of rounding to her, the 'so-called' evil princess was one dimensional in her portrayal. That she brought about a lot of havoc in the end was just not believable as it could have been. Maybe as a child, I would have lapped it up.. hence the it's me all the way thread in this review! My second peeve, perhaps the most important of them all, was that for a book that was about dragons, you don't see them as much as you should otherwise. Oh they are there and there is action but it is too little and described as a side plot rather than the main. And their whole presence in the book is rushed, which makes one think that this book would have been better titled as 'Creel's adventures' than what it is. I guess it is my spoilt nature acting out. I wanted dragons and I got very little, so I am upset. Whatever be my reaction to it, it doesn't take away the fact that this is indeed a cute book, definitely meant for the young but can be enjoyed by those who like such simple tales told akin to how fairy and folk tales have been narrated the world over. Just don't expect a lot (a mistake I made) and don't think too hard as to why the dragons were restricted to a few pages (the author does make a reason for it but I wasn't satisfied). Overall a nice experience, just that it could have been better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Creel doesn’t particularly care for her aunt – and Creel’s aunt doesn’t particularly care for her, either, considering that she tries to sell Creel to a dragon. After Creel’s parents passed away she had no choice but to reside with her aunt. But when her extended family runs into financial problems, Creel is sent to face a dragon in hopes of getting a dashing – and wealthy – knight to save her. Things take a more interesting turn when Creel walks away with a blue pair of slippers and a dream of Creel doesn’t particularly care for her aunt – and Creel’s aunt doesn’t particularly care for her, either, considering that she tries to sell Creel to a dragon. After Creel’s parents passed away she had no choice but to reside with her aunt. But when her extended family runs into financial problems, Creel is sent to face a dragon in hopes of getting a dashing – and wealthy – knight to save her. Things take a more interesting turn when Creel walks away with a blue pair of slippers and a dream of owning a seamstress shop. She embarks on a journey that includes myriad magical things: handsome princes, annoying princesses, and dangerous dragons. My friend got this for me as a belated Christmas gift. While its intended for younger readers, I still enjoyed Creel’s tale of heroism and adventure – it’s crazy to think about how this is acclaimed children/YA fantasy author Jessica Day George’s first book. The plot was tight-knit and well-executed, while it had great themes for young girls too. For example, instead of relying on a prince to solve all of her problems, Creel works hard at mastering her talent and refining her craft. She’s not a tomboy or an extremely wise-beyond-her-years character, but possesses qualities that children should emulate. Perhaps I’m digging a little too deeply in my analysis of this children’s novel, but George’s characters had great depth to them as well in that they were more than their typical stereotypes. Larkin, a girl Creel meets pretty early in the story, is crippled – initially, Creel assumes that she’s sweet, well-mannered, and quiet. However, she learns that Larkin is more than just her wounded leg. George doesn’t take the easy route in letting her young readers believe that all crippled people are kind or all beautiful blonde girls are idiots. I admire her for the subtle messages she weaves into her stories, whether they are intentional or not. I once again must thank my best friend for buying Dragon Slippers for me. Highly recommended for younger readers and for anyone searching for a well-written fantasy story about dragons. *review cross-posted on my blog, the quiet voice.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

    I read this book 4 years ago and I re-read it recently so some of my views have changed. 4.5 stars! I distinctly remember why I chose to read this book. It wasn't because of the cover (if that is Shardas on the cover, it's a bit disappointing); Ms. George's writing just sucks you in from the very first page. Though this is clearly fantasy, the story is believable and the characters are compelling. Creel is from a poor family in little Carlieff Town, and is presented as a sacrifice as part of her I read this book 4 years ago and I re-read it recently so some of my views have changed. 4.5 stars! I distinctly remember why I chose to read this book. It wasn't because of the cover (if that is Shardas on the cover, it's a bit disappointing); Ms. George's writing just sucks you in from the very first page. Though this is clearly fantasy, the story is believable and the characters are compelling. Creel is from a poor family in little Carlieff Town, and is presented as a sacrifice as part of her aunt's scheme. Who knew the chain of events afterwards leads her to blueskin slippers, a golden dragon king, and a handsome prince? Early on I got that the slippers she had were important to the dragons, and I like how the villains and conflict was portrayed. Even though this is a young adult book (and I normally read new adult books) this book was refreshing and quite enjoyable!! The ending is not a cliffhanger but rather makes the reader yearn for more of Creel's story. The other two books in the series Dragon Flight and Dragon Spear have been released and are as good, if not, better than Dragon Slippers. You are missing out if you don't read this series!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe

    I love the Buffy film, and Legally Blonde, because they take young women with girly interests and use those to literally and metaphorically kick ass. The heroine here is a talented seamstress, in a world where dressmaking is entirely manual labor. While I enjoy a story about a girl taking up a sword to fight a dragon, a story in which a girl makes a deal with a dragon is even better. And also, it reminds me of Dealing with Dragons. Brilliant. Library copy

  12. 4 out of 5

    TheBookSmugglers

    Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers Following the death of her parents, Creel and her brother are grudgingly taken in by her aunt and uncle. While her brother can pull his weight and helps out on the impoverished farm, Creel, unfortunately, has slightly less to offer. She has no dowry, no special beauty or magical ability, and therefore has limited prospects for marriage. To her aunt, Creel is another mouth to feed, until said aunt comes up with the brilliantly ridiculous idea to get rid of Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers Following the death of her parents, Creel and her brother are grudgingly taken in by her aunt and uncle. While her brother can pull his weight and helps out on the impoverished farm, Creel, unfortunately, has slightly less to offer. She has no dowry, no special beauty or magical ability, and therefore has limited prospects for marriage. To her aunt, Creel is another mouth to feed, until said aunt comes up with the brilliantly ridiculous idea to get rid of Creel and improve the family's fortune. Creel's aunt plans on dragging her niece to a rumored dragon's lair and offer Creel up as a virginal sacrifice. If the tales from the past are true, then the dragon will take Creel prisoner, making her a bonafide damsel in distress. This, Creel's aunt reasons, should appeal to a young lordling's sense of adventure and bravery, and once the local lord hears about the fair maiden in the clutches of the foul dragon, surely he will rush to the rescue! By the time said lord finds out that Creel cannot turn straw into gold, that she hasn't a penny to her name, and isn't actually breathtakingly beautiful, it will be too late - he will be honor-bound to marry Creel (and provide a stable income for her family, of course). It's the perfect plan... except that Creel wants absolutely no part in it. When Creel is taken in by a reluctant dragon, she manages to talk her way out of being held prisoner for the unlucky young lord and leaves the dragon's lair with a pair of beautiful blue slippers on her feet - a gift from the Dragon's unexpected hoard (he collects shoes, not gold). Instead of heading home, Creel decides to leave her small village behind and make her way to the kingdom's capitol where she plans on getting work as a dressmaker, for she has great skill with embroidery thanks to her late mother's instruction. In the King's City, Creel finds work, makes unlikely friends (including a dragon and a prince), as well as a very powerful enemy. Here, Creel finds herself in the middle of a kingdom teetering on the edge of war, and only she - and her very important dragon slippers - can help stop the bloodshed before it is too late. When I started reading Dragon Slippers, I was immediately reminded of on of my longstanding favorite series - Patricia C. Wrede's wonderful Enchanted Forest books. You know, the ones with Princess Cimorene, who runs away to become the King of the Dragons' princess and housekeeper (the King of the Dragons being a female named Kazul). Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George is similar - the same frustrated, headstrong, clever type of heroine and dealing with remarkable, quirky dragons - but also decidedly unique, as this particular story involves a kingdom at war, spies and traitors, and a magical pair of shoes. I've only read one other book by Jessica Day George prior to this one (the sweet, if slightly bland, Princess of the Midnight Ball), and I am so very glad I did - Dragon Slippers is a charming, thoroughly enjoyable adventure. While it has been a while since I've read Princess of the Midnight Ball, one thing that I did remember was Day George's beautiful economy of words and straightforward storytelling - the same applies here in Dragon Slippers. While the plot isn't the most groundbreaking and plays with familiar fairy tale tropes - the kindly dragons (who are intimidating and capable of mass carnage but are generally kindly), the conveniently super talented heroine who is also headstrong in the extreme but supremely lovable because of this, the loquacious sidekick, the charming undercover prince, and so on, and so forth - the story is undeniably even-handed and well told. The heroine of Dragon Slippers, Creel, is smart and accessible - even while her skill with embroidery is awe-inspiringly unparalleled. Despite her amazing talent (and it is properly amazing, as she is the best embroiderer in the history of embroiderers, apparently), Creel immensely likable. She has a big heart, she's understanding and kind, and most importantly, she's tenacious and stands up for the people and causes in which she believes. But while Creel is all and good, the different dragons (in particular the glass-collecting, golden-scaled Shardas and Feniul - an eccentric, dog-collecting dragon) steal the show. The tensions between dragons and humans, the misunderstandings between the two species, the anger and subsequent trust that Creel tries to forge between them is fantastically done. The supporting cast are, for the most part, well detailed as well - Creel's love interest is predictable but charming, her friends saucy and fun. Even the main villain, while ridiculous and spoiled, has some depth that goes beyond initial impression. The only criticism I have for Dragon Slippers regards on particular character - the traitor. Spoilers follow: (view spoiler)[This traitor of this piece is a fellow shopgirl, who has a twisted foot and walks with a limp. She is portrayed as hateful and jealous for being overlooked, and gives away the dragon slippers to the foreign princess in return for gold and favor. This character is called at one point a "cripple" by Creel. There is absolutely NO reason for this girl to have a lame leg - in fact, all it does to me is reinforce the horribly offensive stereotype of the crippled overlooked jealous girl with her *evil* leg and her *evil* personality. (hide spoiler)] Needless to say, this particular twist bad taste in my mouth, and detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book (significantly). And yet...all things said, I truly enjoyed Dragon Slippers, albeit with only one very significant reservation. Recommended, and I'll certainly be around to finish the trilogy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I've been putting this book off for a while now. My only excuse is that I got caught up in rereading older favorites and newly released books. I kind of had this great picture in my mind of how this book would be. As per usual it was different than I thought and as per usual it was in a good way. Hating to be a burden and hoping for a new and better life Creel reluctantly agrees to go with her Aunt's crazy plan to be captured by a dragon. Her Aunt hopes to get a wealthy knight/prince to rescue h I've been putting this book off for a while now. My only excuse is that I got caught up in rereading older favorites and newly released books. I kind of had this great picture in my mind of how this book would be. As per usual it was different than I thought and as per usual it was in a good way. Hating to be a burden and hoping for a new and better life Creel reluctantly agrees to go with her Aunt's crazy plan to be captured by a dragon. Her Aunt hopes to get a wealthy knight/prince to rescue her and marry her. Creel doesn't think that a dragon even exists in the cave until she finds out there is. In order to save herself and the dragon anymore trouble she strikes a bargain and ends up with a pair of very nice and very unique pair of slippers. As the title suggests they are not ordinary slippers so ultimately the slippers make more trouble for her. Because of these slippers Creels encounter other dragons, gets on the bad side of the new princess to be, and has a chance of making her dream come true all while having to save the kingdom from certain disaster. Pretty good stuff huh? The certain disaster part came a little later than I hoped but it's still great. The slippers were the most frustrating thing of all. Why is there always something in the way of Creel finding out what the slippers do? And she knows that they aren't just ordinary slippers so why doesn't she try harder to find out what is so special about them? She doesn't find out before it’s too late. Having Creel as a protagonist was fun. She is an all together reluctant heroine and she knows that she is in over her head but does her best to do what she can. Creel always stays true to herself through and through. But what I liked so much about this book is that its part of a series and it could really stand on its own. I want to read the next book though.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Waffle...♥

    I'm sorry to say this book was not as good as I expected. I was about to give it 2 stars until I reached the final few chapters that got me me sitting up in my chair with wide eyes trying to absorb the story as quickly as possible to satisfy my curiosity. I find that this novel has a great plot... but the characters personality and actions are most debatable. Creel, the heroine main character, is very intelligent as proven many times in the story. She outwitted wise dragons that have lived for c I'm sorry to say this book was not as good as I expected. I was about to give it 2 stars until I reached the final few chapters that got me me sitting up in my chair with wide eyes trying to absorb the story as quickly as possible to satisfy my curiosity. I find that this novel has a great plot... but the characters personality and actions are most debatable. Creel, the heroine main character, is very intelligent as proven many times in the story. She outwitted wise dragons that have lived for centuries, figured out evil princess Amelia's plans, and even outsmarted the King and his council!... but couldn't even figure out that her slippers were not normal?! It was right in front of her face, screaming in her ear, tickling her feet wildly with annoyance and yet she fails to realise when any other person would have noticed. There are many other characters with personality flaws that I can argue about but far too much problems to mention in this small review. But I have to say, I should be more fair to this story... it IS a fantasy story... and I have to give credit... the plot is pretty great and interesting. But there are too many scenes with Creel just sitting around... dreaming... wondering... sewing...I really got bored. Also there were many loose strings to many things that makes my brain swarm with a million questions. What happens to Creel's younger brother and her aunt? What happened to the rest of the dragons attacking the city? How did Shardas survive? If he survived, did his mate and the evil princess survive too? How... Okay... time to stop before I drive you crazy with a million questions too. So whatever... three stars this is :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    When the family farm is in peril of foreclosure, Creel's aunt decides that Creel should visit the dragon on the hill in order to be saved by a knight who will also rescue the family's fortunes. Creel rolls her eyes but finds herself throwing rocks at the cave entrance anyway, never seriously expecting to see a dragon. But a dragon is there, even if he is old and tired and collects shoes instead of gold. He gifts Creel with a pair of shoes of her choice and Creel, after choosing a beautiful pair When the family farm is in peril of foreclosure, Creel's aunt decides that Creel should visit the dragon on the hill in order to be saved by a knight who will also rescue the family's fortunes. Creel rolls her eyes but finds herself throwing rocks at the cave entrance anyway, never seriously expecting to see a dragon. But a dragon is there, even if he is old and tired and collects shoes instead of gold. He gifts Creel with a pair of shoes of her choice and Creel, after choosing a beautiful pair of blue slippers, sets off to seek her fortune in the king's city as a seamstress. Creel eventually gets there but only after time with another dragon, a meeting with a handsome prince and a spiteful princess. Creel's talent as a seamstress, her wit and courage will all be tested by treachery that leads to war between her beloved dragons and the kingdom. Creel is a delightful heroine and I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging book. Creel's talent for sewing is an integral plot element that added a fresh appeal. Creel is an appealling heroine, outspoken, smart and stubborn, who doesn't wait around to be saved and still manages to win her prince. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    For the first fifty pages or so of this book, I was just annoyed. The author went out of her way to establish that Creel, the main character, was not pretty- oh, but wait! She was smart. Ugh. Why? Whywhywhywhy? Why must it always be one or the other? Can't a girl be smart AND pretty? Or better yet, why does it even matter how she looks? Especially since this detail didn't really do anything to advance the story except give the reason why the protagonist thought no dragon would ever kidnap her. I For the first fifty pages or so of this book, I was just annoyed. The author went out of her way to establish that Creel, the main character, was not pretty- oh, but wait! She was smart. Ugh. Why? Whywhywhywhy? Why must it always be one or the other? Can't a girl be smart AND pretty? Or better yet, why does it even matter how she looks? Especially since this detail didn't really do anything to advance the story except give the reason why the protagonist thought no dragon would ever kidnap her. I still stand by the annoyance, but I was soon too caught up in the story to give it much more heed and it ended up being such a good story! Creel WAS smart, and plucky, and compassionate, and a good advocate for herself and her friends. She was a strong character, so I can forgive the author her earlier mishaps. I also loved the dragons, who were surprising in the most wonderful way, and the cast of supporting characters, who were superbly drawn. I ended up simply falling in love with this story, and I'll certainly be checking out the next two volumes of this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I've been searching for books that I can share with my daughters, so I checked this out based on recommendations for best books for young readers. Turns out, it's already one of her favorite books, and she was mystified when it showed up in the library reserves because she knew she hadn't reserved it. I shouldn't be too surprised. I think she's already read more books than I have. And, I can see why she likes the story. It's got a spunky no-nonsense heroine and a lot of sweet little touches, plus I've been searching for books that I can share with my daughters, so I checked this out based on recommendations for best books for young readers. Turns out, it's already one of her favorite books, and she was mystified when it showed up in the library reserves because she knew she hadn't reserved it. I shouldn't be too surprised. I think she's already read more books than I have. And, I can see why she likes the story. It's got a spunky no-nonsense heroine and a lot of sweet little touches, plus some nice world building. For me though, as an adult reader, parts of it just didn't cut it. It starts out well enough. For the first few chapters there is rising action as we are introduced to the world of the dragons. But then we leave that world and enter a long flat period where nothing much happens and the story starts to drag, and the heroine - much to the loss of her in story country and to the story itself - becomes more and more detached from that high drama. For me, that cost the story a star. But what took the story from being one I moderately enjoyed to being one I moderately disliked, was the last quarter of the book when the story that was on hiatus rather suddenly becomes prominent again. And the problem here was that the author wanted to have it both ways. She wanted it both to be a children's story where children talked in childish ways and offered childish solutions, and at the same time she wanted it to be a gritty and intense story of war, death, murder, treachery and destruction. These two things just can't go together. One thing that strikes a reader reading the older versions of fairy tales is just how terrible the justice is that is dispensed upon the villains. Murderers, thieves, liars, abusers, betrayers and deceivers end up horrifically punished. The wicked step-mother and step-sister who tried to usurp the daughter's inheritance and her future, and who beat her and abused her verbally so that we no longer even remember her real name even in the story, and who wanted to condemn her to a life of unrewarding servitude in her own home, end up at the end of the story having their eyes plucked out by the birds. It's not unusual in such stories to have a murderer or a plotter of murder to find themselves the victim of their own schemes, and forced to eat live coals or placed naked in a barrel of nails and rolled through the streets until dead. Though they were collected and recorded by the Brother's Grimm, the original fairy tales were written mostly by women who had experienced the reality of being orphans at age 10, placed in the custody of people who didn't love them and who often would verbally, physically or sexually abuse them. They knew the reality of hard labor, and of facing the prospect of forced marriages to a person who would gain legal custody of them as property. So when they told stories about protectors whom they could trust, they didn't molly coddle their intended audience with stories about weak protectors who were more concerned about the rights of abusers than the abused. They told stories of rights restored and justice definitively done. Even Disney, until quite recently at least, got that part of the story right. The story isn't over until the villain is definitively vanquished (and not for example sent home to mother and father with a slap on the wrist after trying for a double premeditated murder by slow horrific and psychological torture). You can have talk of childish solutions when the problems are the problems facing a child and it be accepted within the frame work of the story, but when we are talking about stopping a genocide and saving the lives of everyone you know, trying to put those half-hearted measures into the mouths of your heroes seems not only vapid, but cowardly. This story isn't a story about minor injustices and the arguments of children, any more than the old fairy tales are stories of minor injustices and arguments by children safely ensconced in a protective environment. That the author is skilled enough of a writer to make the reality of war and death being described seem real on the page, and the sheer desperation of the situation palpable only makes the problem worse. Everyone around the heroine is meeting this desperate life and death struggle as a desperate life and death struggle, and the heroine is still talking in terms of avenging themselves on a school yard bully with the inevitable consequence that people and friends are suffering and dying in horrific ways. And it's clearly not a problem with the courage or the conviction of the character, but rather with the niceties that the author is pretending to in order to make this a 'children's book'. The author wants to promote the heroine from being the victim in need of rescue, to the role of fairy tale protector. But when you make that promotion, the character acquires with it the responsibilities of the protector, to mete justice, and to truly protect those around her. But the character we end up with, occupies an awkward role halfway between helpless victim and valiant, wise, and just defender and thereby ends up being a lot less likeable and admirable in either role than one would like. Or to put this more succinctly, children's book be damned, Creel should have without hesitation slit that bitch's throat before anyone else got killed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Iniya

    Cute story with dragons... But some parts were way too childish and unbelievable...!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Brinkerhoff Burdsal

    I wanted to love this book, but I could only like it. First, Creel. I mean, Creel? Come on, son. Now, down to the business of my book malaise. The foundation of the story doesn't sit well with me. I am hung up on the whole slipper procurement. I know the title of the book is "Dragon Slippers," but really, the way she came by them makes no sense. Creel originally wanted something of value from the dragon's hoard, like a fancy schmancy goblet, to sell for some quick cash to get her to the King's Sea I wanted to love this book, but I could only like it. First, Creel. I mean, Creel? Come on, son. Now, down to the business of my book malaise. The foundation of the story doesn't sit well with me. I am hung up on the whole slipper procurement. I know the title of the book is "Dragon Slippers," but really, the way she came by them makes no sense. Creel originally wanted something of value from the dragon's hoard, like a fancy schmancy goblet, to sell for some quick cash to get her to the King's Seat. But when she finds out that the dragon hoards shoes, that plan goes out the window. Why? The first pair of shoes she describes are ENCRUSTED WITH EMERALDS. Looking for something to pawn? Found it! Move along! But no. For some reason, she decides to forget about the whole sell-something-to-fund-the-trip idea and instead try on practical walking shoes. Because those would be so much more helpful than emeralds. By the end of the book, I am still not over this crucial flip-flop (footwear pun not intended). Her desire was to find something valuable to sell. That requirement was met in the first pair she saw. She never would have tried on any shoes. She never would have discovered the dragon slippers. She would have taken the emerald heels and headed for the hills. Faulty book premise aside, how could the dragons be so dumb? If a single pair of shoes could determine the fate of your species, and some nitwit girl child had them, wouldn't you want to warn her to not let them out of her sight? I guess you would be worried about revealing your secret and letting her know the power she wielded, but after you got to know her and trust her (I'm talking 'bout you, Shardas!), wouldn't you warn her not to let them fall into the wrong hands (or feet)? I know their conversation was interrupted, but really. Some things you make time for. Like doom-shoes. And Creel supposedly suspected something important was happening, and that it might have dire consequences for her kingdom, but she refused to tell her bestie, Prince Luka, that her foreboding about the country (which is totally his business, as a prince), had something to do with dragons. That simple conversation would maybe have saved lots of lives. Frustration. But I liked the characters (Luka has a piece of my heart, and Shardas and I could totally hang out and eat peaches in a cave). Dare I read the second book? Will it be built on such a flimsy foundation? Will Creel (::cringe::) get any smarter? Thus far, the Dragon Slippers series does not supplant The Enchanted Forrest Chronicles in my heart. Not even close. I miss you, Princess Cimorene. http://outspokenyalitreview.blogspot....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Sometimes my own prejudices trip me up. In this case, I'm referring to the high ratings for this book, which made me try to read some of her other books first. I was not that impressed. This book, however, rocks. It rocks majorly! Plus it has dragons! Lots and lots of talking dragons with different personalities. Off the top of my head, I can't think of one thing I disliked about the book. There was something cute and sweet and uplifting about the entire book, although I did hate how that one gir Sometimes my own prejudices trip me up. In this case, I'm referring to the high ratings for this book, which made me try to read some of her other books first. I was not that impressed. This book, however, rocks. It rocks majorly! Plus it has dragons! Lots and lots of talking dragons with different personalities. Off the top of my head, I can't think of one thing I disliked about the book. There was something cute and sweet and uplifting about the entire book, although I did hate how that one girl didn't get enough of a comeuppance, seeing as she was not only annoying beyond belief, but was also a traitor into the bargain. (view spoiler)[ One scene that the author put in stuck in my head in particular, which was when Creel first meets the bevy of girls in the dressmaking shop. The girl who was flighty and frivolous at first glance, Creel finds that later this girl is loyal and kind-hearted. The girl that Creel tended to like for the simple reason that she felt sorry for her crippled foot turned out to be a self-righteous, sermonizing toad-eater. (hide spoiler)] But, oh, the dragons. The dragons with their different hoards, whenever everyone expected treasure. Their different personalities, their colors...they were simply the best part of the entire book. But the rest of it all was also pretty darn great.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    I had the opportunity to meet Dragon Slippers author Jessica Day George at the LTUE conference this past month. She was completely delightful and tons of fun, and her book was as great as she was. It is the story of a young girl named Creel who is given to a dragon when her family can no longer support her. I was enchanted from the first line on which reads: It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon. From that moment on I knew I had a winning book in my hands. Creel is a great heroine I had the opportunity to meet Dragon Slippers author Jessica Day George at the LTUE conference this past month. She was completely delightful and tons of fun, and her book was as great as she was. It is the story of a young girl named Creel who is given to a dragon when her family can no longer support her. I was enchanted from the first line on which reads: It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon. From that moment on I knew I had a winning book in my hands. Creel is a great heroine and a terrific role modle for your kids. The story deals with being a friend, standing up for yourself, going for your dreams, and being willing to set things right when you know you have messed up. This is a great book for you to read with your kids or let them read without worry. The dragons are fun, and I could see young boys liking this new fairy tale as much as girls. I give it five stars!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hannah McManus

    So this book was amazing. I was not expecting it to be this good. Gah.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Best book Jessica Day George wrote.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers, #1) Dragon Flight (Dragon Slippers, #2) Dragon Spear (Dragon Slippers, #3) [I wish I had the option of choosing a set]

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber Ditullio

    I was first introduced to Jessica Day George's writing when I read about her book Tuesdays in the Castle. A sentient castle? Princes and Princesses who need to be in charge when their parents are feared dead? People out to get them? Perfect. As soon as I finished reading it at the end of last year, I put the next book in the series, Wednesdays in the Castle, on my Goodreads Want to Read list. I don't know why I hadn't gone looking for more of her books. I think it was the sheer number of books al I was first introduced to Jessica Day George's writing when I read about her book Tuesdays in the Castle. A sentient castle? Princes and Princesses who need to be in charge when their parents are feared dead? People out to get them? Perfect. As soon as I finished reading it at the end of last year, I put the next book in the series, Wednesdays in the Castle, on my Goodreads Want to Read list. I don't know why I hadn't gone looking for more of her books. I think it was the sheer number of books already on my plate. So it wasn't until 3:00 this morning, wanting to find something to read on my kindle since I couldn't sleep, that I came across Dragon Slippers. Written in 2007, it is the first book in the Dragon Slippers trilogy. It follows the adventures of Creelisle (Creel) Carlbrun as she is first thrust into her aunt's daft plan of having a dragon - who no one knows for a fact exists - capture her so a nobleman can come rescue her and sweep them all away into the lap of luxury. (I told you it was daft!) Instead, Creel sort-of befriends the dragon and helps him avoid the tedium of fighting the nobleman in return for part of his hoard. It isn't what she expects, and it leads her on a journey she could never have imagined. And all because she wanted to open her own embroidery shop! I was entranced by this book! For the last couple of weeks, I hadn't been feeling the desire to read. I'd pick up a book, read a few pages, and find something else to occupy my attention. But not Dragon Slippers. I didn't want to put it down to come get my kids ready for school. I had to see how Creel was going to get out of the first dragon's cave. I wanted to know if she'd quit the shop she was apprenticing in. I wanted to know what Larkin was up to. I just had to know more. Part of what I enjoyed about this book is that it took elements of some of my favorite fantasy and wove them together into a wonderful work that is all it's own. The beginning, with Creel going on a long journey away from a house that didn't understand her had underpinnings of Talia in Mercedes Lackey's Arrows of the Queen (though, to be fair, Creel didn't have it half as hard as Talia did). Her relationship with Prince Luka reminded me very much of the movie Ever After - without her having to pretend she is someone other than who she is. The dragons coming back reminded me, in a small way, of the Dragonlance Chronicles. It was like George took my favorite parts of novels, cleaned up the bits that didn't work, and made it into a cohesive novel. I loved the strong female characters. Creel had a backbone that I love to see in YA novels, because it shows young women that they CAN do whatever they want to do. The Duchess was the first to really support Creel with her embroidery - and was able to put spoiled Princess Amalia in her place. Even one of the dragons, Niva, is one of the stronger characters in the book. The men aren't exactly week, but generally the human men aren't as fleshed out in this book (beyond Prince Luka and Tobin). But this didn't really bother me - most of the rest of the men were just background characters anyway. The book's spin on a dragon's hoard was wonderful (though I won't tell it for those who haven't read it and don't want to be spoiled). It was something that I hadn't seen coming but made perfect sense. After all, not all humans are the same, why should all dragons be? The ending, however, made me angry at my local library. They didn't have the ebook copies of the second book, Dragon Flight for me to borrow. I think I may be spending some of my Christmas money on picking up the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When Creel’s folks die, she and her brother go to live with their aunt and uncle, who are terribly poor. Creel’s aunt has a brainstorm, though, that she is sure will end their financial difficulties once and for all. There’s only one catch - Creel’s got to be abducted by the local dragon and he’s rather reluctant to have her. So she makes a deal with the dragon, who really doesn’t want to have to fight the knight whose coming to rescue her. He gives her something from his treasure horde and in e When Creel’s folks die, she and her brother go to live with their aunt and uncle, who are terribly poor. Creel’s aunt has a brainstorm, though, that she is sure will end their financial difficulties once and for all. There’s only one catch - Creel’s got to be abducted by the local dragon and he’s rather reluctant to have her. So she makes a deal with the dragon, who really doesn’t want to have to fight the knight whose coming to rescue her. He gives her something from his treasure horde and in exchange she’ll lead the knight away. That’s when Creel finds out that not all dragons hoard gold; Theoradus, in fact, hoards shoes. So, instead of something she can sell to make her fortune, Creel ends up with an odd pair of blue slippers – the most comfortable slippers she’s ever owned. The slippers end up being a most practical gift, as Creel has to travel some distance to get to the King’s Seat, where she intends to find employment as a seamstress/embroiderer. On the way, she is attacked by bandits, and in her desperation she prays to the gods to save her. Instead, another dragon, Shardas, comes to her aid. Shardas takes Creel home to his cave and allows her to stay with him while she prepares some samples of his work to take to the market. Creel and Shardas part as good friends. Creel befriends Prince Luka on her first day in the King’s Seat. He finds her lodging and employment and soon Creel is on her way. She also manages to make a terrible enemy in Princess Amalia – the betrothed of the Crown Prince and a foreigner who is accustomed to having her way. Creel’s new embroidery patterns and designs delight the patrons of her mistress’ shop, but it is her slippers that are most interesting to the princess. Creel refuses to part with them, but another one of the shop girls sells them to Amalia behind her back. And then all hell breaks loose. The slippers were made from the hide of the queen of the dragons and anyone who wears them may control the dragons. They were used in a past war to defeat Princess Amalia’s country’s army. Amalia recognizes the slippers as soon as she sees them, and once she possesses them, uses them to attack the King’s Seat. Naturally, her engagement is off after she lays waste to town and countryside. Creel and another dragon friend are able to counteract the power of the slippers, however, with some collars they fashion using the notes of Shardas’ former human companion – a great alchemist. Their efforts to collar all of the dragons are much too time-consuming, and Creel is forced to move more quickly against Princess Amalia. Although Creel’s attack fails, the dragon queen – thought to be dead these many years – reappears and flies Amalia straight into the Boiling Sea (which, is not only boiling, but also poisonous), and the King’s Seat is saved. As thanks for all of her assistance, the King (eventually) sets her up in her own shop, and Prince Luka (also eventually) makes his love for her known, which is grand, because Creel loves him, too. This was reminiscent of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede – lots of dealings with dragons! Jessica Day George has her own vision, though, and her story is unique and compelling. Creel is a feisty protagonist – motivated, self-sufficient, talented, and admirable. The dragons all have their individual personalities, and I loved the idea that they each have their own taste in hordes – why not? Amalia is thoroughly detestable, and Prince Luka is thoroughly lovable. This has a happy and satisfying ending and should please lovers of strong female character fantasy (Robin McKinley, Patricia Wrede, Tamora Piece).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Read this with my 6th Grader. We both really liked it even though neither of us like the fantasy genre. We're excited to read book #2 and see what happens to Creel, Prince Luka and the Dragons

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is one of my all time favorites. I might even go so far as to say it IS my ALL TIME favorite. This book is amazing! I have read it so many times I have the first line memorized (well, really the whole first page), and that line had me hooked the very first time I read it. "It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon." Creel lives with her aunt and uncle on their poor farm with lots of impoverished cousins. Her silly aunt decides to give creel to a dragon in the hopes that a dashing This is one of my all time favorites. I might even go so far as to say it IS my ALL TIME favorite. This book is amazing! I have read it so many times I have the first line memorized (well, really the whole first page), and that line had me hooked the very first time I read it. "It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon." Creel lives with her aunt and uncle on their poor farm with lots of impoverished cousins. Her silly aunt decides to give creel to a dragon in the hopes that a dashing noble will rescue Creel and pull the whole family out of poverty. Creel decides to take her destiny in her own hands and on and on the story goes. It involves some very interesting dragons, a handsome prince, a catty princess, and some very adept seamstresses. The characters are nicely developed, and yes some of the characters could have more of a backstory, but all in all, the characters are well written. I fell in love with Luka the very first meeting, and Creel is a charming, determined, feisty heroine with a lot to do and say. I even love the bad guy, as my best friend is named Amalia. The dragons are amazing, and I love the twist Jessica Day George spins on the creatures. Feniul is my favorite. Dragon Slippers is hilarious, with an original plot and great characters. I definitely recommend this book. It is a pretty light read, and doesn't take a lot a thought. Not too predictable, but not wildly out there, it's a perfect read for a rainy day. This is the first book I read by Jessica Day George, and I sought out her other books as soon as this one was over. I own all but two of her books, and would have to say she is my favorite author. Besides, princesses are my favorite book topics, and that is what she mainly writes about!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaylabee

    I saw this book on my "recommendations" list. And, naturally, instantly added it to my "to-read" list. I mean, the title is just so enticing. Dragons AND shoes!?!? No. Flippin'. Way. I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. (not to mention the awesome looking dragon on the cover.) So then I check it out at my local library (which was surprising since apparently somebody in this town keeps on checking out ALL OF THE BOOKS that I want to read before I get there. (whoever you are, I WILL find you. And I WILL pu I saw this book on my "recommendations" list. And, naturally, instantly added it to my "to-read" list. I mean, the title is just so enticing. Dragons AND shoes!?!? No. Flippin'. Way. I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. (not to mention the awesome looking dragon on the cover.) So then I check it out at my local library (which was surprising since apparently somebody in this town keeps on checking out ALL OF THE BOOKS that I want to read before I get there. (whoever you are, I WILL find you. And I WILL put a stop to this madness.)). But you know what? This story just didn't really do it for me. Surprisingly, it only dedicated a few pages to actually hanging out with dragons. I would have been able to accept this if the part of the story without the dragons had been SUPER interesting. Which, don't get me wrong, it was okay. But I actually found myself skimming through most of the story. (In all honesty, this could have been, in part, because I was simultaneously watching Doctor Who, and hence my attention was divided.) However, in my opinion, if a book can't grab your attention away from the TV with it's AMAZING STORYLINE...Then maybe it's not actually that good of a book. I found the main character pretty decent though not THAT interesting. The love story was basically nonexistent. There were a few twists and turns that I liked, but not enough to really make it a, "WHOA."-story. So. It didn't blow my mind, but I suppose it was decent.

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