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text 2018-10-08 19:34
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Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George

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review 2015-08-10 21:39
Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George
Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George

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.

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review 2014-06-06 17:05
Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George Hard to review. I finished it yesterday but I was undecided how to rate it. Today, with my thoughts clearer, I decided for a 2 stars.

I enjoyed the first part of the book. The author Jessica Day says in a note that she loves Patricia Wrede and Robin McKinley. I am not very familiar with RM, but PW is one of my favorite fantasy books. It is easy to sense her inspiration in PW; Feniul and Shardas could possibly have been friends with Kazul from The Enchanted Forest. Talking dragons, wrongly mistaken as ferocious beasts, when in all, they are intelligent creatures who enjoy the company of clever humans. The first part is by far the best, when the reader is introduced to this dragons (and their funny hobbies) and one can't help but envy Creel, who is just a common girl that meets them and befriends them.

When she stars working as a dressmaker, the story declines a little bit. No doubt her talent is fantastic, and she meets interesting people, like the crazy Princess Amalia, Prince Luca, Tobin, and the girls that work in the same shop. But there is barely a scene with Shardas, and Creel is not a very good MC. To be honest, she is not bad, but she is far from being a kindred spirit.

The last part was a bit tedious. True, there is finally a battle, but the use of the slippers was dumb, and Creel cries to much for my taste. Some revelations were "mmm, ok, fine, whatever" for me.
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review 2013-04-07 09:35
Dragon Slippers
Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George Do you ever read a book by a "new-to-you" author and think, "where has this person been all my life?!" Well, that is how I felt about Jessica Day George as I read Dragon Slippers. I have seen reviews of her more recent titles but wasn't really driven to pick them up (who knows why?), and now I can't wait to get my hands on every book she's ever written. Imagine my excitement when I discovered there are actually sequels to this book, as well!Yes, that's just how much I enjoyed Dragon Slippers. It is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year--perhaps even since I have been reading. I honestly loved everything about this story: the characters, the plot, the dialogues, the fictional world George created... I actually finished this book a few days ago but have really been savoring it mentally before writing this review. Lately I have felt my reviews have become stagnant and I haven't always felt inspired when I write them, but this one just poured right out of me. Jessica Day George has really taken the meaning of fairytale, dusted it off, and given it a new shine. There were so many scenes and quips that made me smile or laugh out loud, making this book a true pleasure to simply get lost in. Indeed, just reading the excerpt on the back cover was enough to tell me I was going to enjoy reading Dragon Slippers.I often compare how I enjoy books now to how I might have reacted to them when I was younger, and this is one of those books that I know I would have read over and over again. Maybe I just didn't have as much exposure to the right books when I was a young reader growing up, but I often feel that the selection today is quite a bit richer than it was when I was little. Thank goodness I can still appreciate wonderful books such as this one even now, and I imagine I will for the rest of my life. If anything I've said in this review has given you cause to think you might like to pick this book up, trust me, you definitely want to and should grab a copy as soon as you possibly can.
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review 2013-03-03 00:00
Dragon Spear - Jessica Day George Enjoyed this trilogy. Fun quick read.
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