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 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 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 lotfeelings 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 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 thegeniusidea 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 thegeniusidea 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 plannedAs 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 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 reads original review groans inwardly 15 year old Amy strikes againThis was a wonderful re read I m surprised I haven t re read it before Creative, well paced, and fundefinitely 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 lotnow 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 againThis was a wonderful re read I m surprised I haven t re read it before Creative, well paced, and fundefinitely 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 lotnow 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 Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersFollowing 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 SmugglersFollowing 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 rud 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 Cine, 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 yetall 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 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 ainteresting 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 ainteresting 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 werethan 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 isthan 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 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 centuriesBut 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 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