Karina’s Silver Shoes
Denise Marques Leitao
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Sparkly Wave
Date of Publication: September 18th, 2017
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 70k
Tagline: She’s got the fate of a kingdom in her hands—or rather, in her shoes.
When two princesses ask Karina to go to Whyland, a kingdom in a parallel dimension, to destroy her fascinating and potentially evil silver shoes, of course Karina accepts. Who would refuse a free trip to an alternate world?
Advised by a wise master and threatened by a beautiful stepmother, Karina goes on a journey with a princess to defeat a powerful witch. But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how.
From Brazilian / Canadian writer Denise Marques Leitao comes Karina’s Silver Shoes, a teen parody of fantasy and fairy-tale tropes with many female characters, friendships between girls and women, and some subtle romance.
If you like to read about strong girls and women, you’ve found your book.
They seemed to have forgotten Karina’s question, so she had to repeat it, “And… where are we going?”
“Of course. You haven’t been told.” Odell turned to Karina. “Those shoes were made by Lylah, and only her magic can destroy them. You’ll have to go to her dwelling.”
“You mean the really scary witch who seems really nice? The one who can’t have the shoes?”
“Yes,” Odell replied, a weird smile on his face. “But all you’ll have to do is throw the shoes in her fire, and that can be done very quickly.”
Karina thought she had heard something like that somewhere. “Fire? You mean like the crater of an active volcano in her land?”
Odell looked puzzled. “That would be very hot—and dangerous. But no, it’s nothing like that, it’s her fireplace. That’s where her magic is.”
Karina almost face palmed herself. Of course a volcano crater would be incredibly hot. Now where was she getting those ideas? The real plan sounded simpler. So Karina would have to walk for days, break into a house, then destroy her precious shoes. Now, why was she doing this again? Oh, wait, she was in a free trip to an alternate world. And she liked walking.
Denise Marques Leitao was born and raised in Brazil. When she’s not creating worlds and characters, she’s discussing the meaning of the Universe with her son, writing unintellectual poetry, podcasting about popular culture, or teaching. She lives in Montreal, Canada, and has a Master’s in English Literature.
To learn more about Denise, get news, bonus materials and preview chapters, visit http://denisemarquesleitao.com