Title: The Secret Slipper
Author: Amanda Tero
Series: Tales of Faith, #2 (can function as stand-alone)
Genre: Christian Fairytale Retelling
Setting: non-magical fantasy world
Publisher: Amanda Tero
Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
The Secret Slipper by Kellyn Roth
Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose was to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?
Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?
As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?
Just as with Befriending the Beast, I loved this book. It was definitely a five-star read, and, as with BtB (what? I like acronyms!), it was special. I love the idea of retelling fairytales with father/daughter relationships. It’s sweet and an amazingly creative twist.
(Note: all the blog tour stuff is at the bottom of this post, including a giveaway, info about the other tour stops, etc. Be sure to check it out!)
I tried so hard to come up with something to say here other than the fact that it was amazing, and I did manage to come up wit the fact that a twist at the end seemed a little out-of-nowhere. But, then, that’s kind of the point of a plot twist, right?
Basically, it was a sweet story – and at times a heartbreaking story – that was amazingly original. I especially like the whole thing with Lia’s crippled foot. That has got to be the best take on the slipper story ever!
I had trouble keeping a few of them separated in my head, but, overall, they were great.
Lia was such a sweetie, and I really felt for her! I just wanted to give her a hug. And tell her about Jesus. Because she really needed Him, poor baby!
Raoul‘s character arc was really impressive. I felt bad for him, although I don’t think I really identified with him that much.
Dumphey and Noel were awesome. I love how they took care of Lia, especially Dumphey!
Jolin has got to be the best supporting character ever.
Bioti was awful. Some of her motivations didn’t make sense to me, but I guess she’s just a disturbed lady …
I feel like this could have been done a little better, but it was pretty good. The descriptions of the village, the forest, and such were great. I would have liked to understand the feudal system in this imaginary world a little better, but we can’t have everything, especially in a novella.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I really like Amanda Tero’s writing style. It’s really neat and minimalistic, but it’s also somewhat flowery and old-fashioned. It just gives me a happy feeling.
After reading another of Miss Tero’s books, Journey to Love, I remember emailing the author and saying that she had really inspired me … and that was true!
Violence: mentions of dying/death, Bioti strikes Lia once or twice.
Other: mentions of people dying in a plague, a scene in a jail, someone almost gets hung for thievery, a child was kidnapped in the past, Lia has club-foot.
Okay for all teens. More sensitive younger children may be a little disturbed by the idea of being kidnapped, hangings, etc. However, almost anyone should be able to read this book; it was very clean.
The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero is a fantastic book (that I was have simply got to buy in paperback soon). I’d recommend it to any middle-grader or teenager who loves Christian fairytale retellings.
As I said before, there’s a blog tour running! Be sure to check out the others posts, enter the giveaway, and maybe buy a copy of this book (as well as Befriending the Beast) for yourself!
Also Touring with “The Secret Slipper”
May 25, 2017
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway
Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight
Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway
Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview
Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway
Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway
Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway
Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview
Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review
Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview
Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview
Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway
Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath | Review
Judith @ JudithWNicholson | Interview
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory | Spotlight, Review
Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae | Spotlight, Review
Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway
Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews | Review
Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog | Spotlight, Review
Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight
Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight
Janell @ Views from the Window Friend | Review
Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ | Spotlight, Review, Interview
Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews | Spotlight
Faith @ Chosen Vessels | Review
Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway