The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Summary: When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past and struggles to embrace her destiny.
Review: An enjoyable retelling of Cinderella that focuses a young girl accidentally caught up in the wake of Cinderella’s grand adventure.
I enjoy fairy tale retellings, especially if there is a twist involved. All the stories that I’ve so far about fairy tale retellings always focused on one of the main characters in the story such as Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella. The Other Slipper focuses on a young girl who happens to find a glass slipper after the ball where Ella meets the prince and manages to mess up the enchantment. Ella was barely actually in the story and the prince even less.
I liked the explanation behind the slippers and why Jo finding the slipper messes up the enchantment. What starts as a seemingly simple request goes very wrong. I liked the connections between the two families and how the slippers (as a magical object) have affected much over the years. There was some magic involved in the story, but the focus was more on Jo and her brother Ron develop over their journey. I mostly liked Jo. She was strong willed, thought with her brain, and was understandably wary of people. She could get a bit too stubborn for her own good and hated to accept help when it was freely given.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy fairy tales and fairy tale retellings.