*I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review*
Life is pretty ordinary for Krikkit. Ordinary and rather boring. Boring, that is, until she places the shiny black leather shoes she rescued from beneath her bed, on her ten year old feet. Transported almost instantly to the Kingdom of D’Arragon, she becomes caught up in the mystery and magic of the royal D’Arragon Dynasty. Sorcery and intrigue abound, but Krikkit’s sense of adventure overcomes her fear and doubt as she enters a wondrous new world she could never have imagined existed. She attempts, with the help of Jara, a D’Arragon sorcerer, to prevent a century old prophecy from becoming a horrible reality that would change the royal dynasty forever. Amidst all the excitement and chaos Krikkit encounters, she cannot help but wonder if she will ever get home again.
Rating: 4 Stars
Overall: A Fun Read
Characters: Fun and Exciting
Plot: When 10 year old Krikkit puts on a pair of magical shoes, her adventure starts!
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Probably
I really enjoyed this story. A fun story part real world, part fantasy, this is the start of what looks to be an exciting adventure! Krikkit is your average 10 year old, and a fantasy lover, who dreams to have her own adventures. She gets her wish, and like most adventures, it starts in an unexpected way! A quick read, and great for kids who enjoy adventures and fantasy tales with magic and mischief!
While I feel in a few instances, Krikkit teaches some negative lessons (ex. ‘sneaking a forbidden coke’) but I also know that children are that way, and that’s a thing most kids tend to already do, but I also know for some kids, even a little caffeine or sugar can be too much. It is also a way to avoid a ‘Mary-Sue’ character, and it works. She’s a kid, and she enjoys sugar just like other kids. This didn’t really affect my rating though.
The main thing is that I felt it was a little rushed in places, and slightly to short. The end especially felt as if the author wanted to just get it cleaned up quickly and neatly, and left me feeling as if it was a little too quickly and neatly done, and missed out on some of the action and twists that would have made this story stand out in a genre that is full of adventures and magic. It’s missing that little something to make this one more than just another fantasy book for middle-graders, and left me slightly disappointed that it wasn’t the one. It was a fun read though, and although not the diamond in the rough, I do recommend this one to anyone looking for a fun, quick middle-grade fantasy read! Enjoy!
About the Author:
Jessie L. Best was born in the Ottawa Valley area and now resides near Toronto, Ontario. She writes fantasy for children as well as adult fiction.
Having worked in the healthcare field for many years, she is now planning on making writing a second career.