The Other Slipper

Rated 3.46/5 based on 13 reviews
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. More

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About Kenechi Udogu

Kenechi lives in London and enjoys writing fantasy fiction and short stories (some of which she posts on her blog). She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.

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Review by: FaraHanani on Feb. 24, 2013 :
Review: http://tumblinginbooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/other-slipper-by-kenechi-udogu-review.html

Well, don’t let the cover deceive you! Self-published books ought to get more attention. More credit! Sometimes, self-published books are better than the company-published(is that what they call it?) books. Intangible by J. Meyers and ReVamped by Ada Adams proved that.

The Other Slipper is more of a Cinderella twist than a Cinderella retelling. Instead, of focusing on Ella(yes, she’s Cinderella), The Other Slipper focused on Jo, one of the palace’s kitchen cleaner.

The main character Jo, sets off on a mission to return Ella’s glass slippers to the Lady of Ould. It’s the aftermath that she has to pay for picking up the slipper when Ella left it behind and ate the enchanted pumpkin that was once Ella’s carriage to the ball.

Jo isn’t a character who believes in magic, enchantments, illusions and stuff. Jo was an awkward teenage tomboy girl. Jo sets off to Ould with her brother, Ron and on their way fulfilling their mission, they met someone and soon, both of them found themselves thrusted into the world of illusions and enchantments.

The Other Slipper is more of a MG than YA. And I don’t usually read books that isn’t all swoony and cute but The Other Slipper just kept me going and going. The writing and story just keep getting better and better with every page. With each page my curiosity grows. The Other Slipper is definitely a page turner! People really ought to give this a try.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
Review by: Dale Ibitz on Jan. 2, 2013 :
Sixteen-year-old Jo is a tall, klutzy girl living in a kingdom of dainty opposites. One night, after sitting on the sidelines watching ball-goers enter the castle, including a strange beauty in a funky carriage who appears to be wearing glass slippers, Jo finds a ginormous pumpkin (which her family eats) and a little glass slipper. But the slipper hums to her, and only her, and Jo and her seventeen-year-old brother Ron find themselves on a mission to return the magic slipper to its rightful owner.

This is an interesting take on the Cinderella story *after* the ball, and from someone else's point of view. This story takes the slant of where the magic came from, how it originated, and the price one pays when they want too much of it.

I like how the story takes you beyond the magic of the ball, beyond the fairy tale that we all know. The story keeps it real; magic doesn't come for free. There are consequences for our actions.

The characters in this novel are likeable enough, but not especially charismatic. Probably the biggest issue I had though, was with the run-on sentences because run-on sentences have a tendency to lose their train of thought and sometimes slows the plot down especially if you have to go back and re-read the sentence and break it down in your head just to get to the point.

Overall, a nice read, especially if you like twists to the old fairy tales.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Dale Ibitz on Jan. 2, 2013 :
Sixteen-year-old Jo is a tall, klutzy girl living in a kingdom of dainty opposites. One night, after sitting on the sidelines watching ball-goers enter the castle, including a strange beauty in a funky carriage who appears to be wearing glass slippers, Jo finds a ginormous pumpkin (which her family eats) and a little glass slipper. But the slipper hums to her, and only her, and Jo and her seventeen-year-old brother Ron find themselves on a mission to return the magic slipper to its rightful owner.

This is an interesting take on the Cinderella story *after* the ball, and from someone else's point of view. This story takes the slant of where the magic came from, how it originated, and the price one pays when they want too much of it.

I like how the story takes you beyond the magic of the ball, beyond the fairy tale that we all know. The story keeps it real; magic doesn't come for free. There are consequences for our actions.

The characters in this novel are likeable enough, but not especially charismatic. Probably the biggest issue I had though, was with the run-on sentences because run-on sentences have a tendency to lose their train of thought and sometimes slows the plot down especially if you have to go back and re-read the sentence and break it down in your head just to get to the point.

Overall, a nice read, especially if you like twists to the old fairy tales.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Jillian on Dec. 3, 2012 :
{ I was kindly provided a free Kindle edition of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook (link in my profile). }

The Other Slipper is a fairy tale retelling based on a creative idea: what happened to Cinderella's other slipper? Jo works at the palace where the prince has just found his beloved, thanks to some magic glass slippers. On Jo's way home one night, she finds some curious items in the middle of the path, including one of the slippers. She decides to take these things home with her, which turns out to be a life-changing decision.

This is an interesting story based on a very imaginative idea. The Cinderella character is only in the story briefly as a rather minor character; Jo, the palace worker, is the heroine here. Udogu creates a world with magic and far-off mysterious lands that Jo and her traveling partners navigate to get to their ultimate destination, the Land of Ould, where the slippers need to be returned.

The Other Slipper kept me reading to find out where the story was going to go. However, the narration was a little distracting. The narrator seemed to be a bit too omniscient; we're taken into the head of every character, bouncing back and forth at times. Thoughts are shared even when they don't seem necessary to the plot. Also, Locke was a great character, but I couldn't quite tell whether he was intended to be Jo's romantic interest or not. It was like sometimes there seemed to be a little something between them, and sometimes that would fade into the background entirely. I kind of wish that something had happened between them, because it seemed to be slowly leading towards that, and I think the story would have been nicely spiced up with a little romance. I also wish that the meeting with the Lady of Ould had been a little more dramatic; we are told throughout the book how intimidating and powerful she is, and finding her is the ultimate destination on their journey, but when they finally do get there it's just a little anticlimactic.

Otherwise, I did enjoy The Other Slipper and I would read another book by Udogu, as she is clearly very creative and can weave an interesting story. A little editing would take The Other Slipper from good to great.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Jillian on Dec. 3, 2012 :
{ I was kindly provided a free Kindle edition of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook (http://pidginpeasbooknook.blogspot.com). }

The Other Slipper is a fairy tale retelling based on a creative idea: what happened to Cinderella's other slipper? Jo works at the palace where the prince has just found his beloved, thanks to some magic glass slippers. On Jo's way home one night, she finds some curious items in the middle of the path, including one of the slippers. She decides to take these things home with her, which turns out to be a life-changing decision.

This is an interesting story based on a very imaginative idea. The Cinderella character is only in the story briefly as a rather minor character; Jo, the palace worker, is the heroine here. Udogu creates a world with magic and far-off mysterious lands that Jo and her traveling partners navigate to get to their ultimate destination, the Land of Ould, where the slippers need to be returned.

The Other Slipper kept me reading to find out where the story was going to go. However, the narration was a little distracting. The narrator seemed to be a bit too omniscient; we're taken into the head of every character, bouncing back and forth at times. Thoughts are shared even when they don't seem necessary to the plot. Also, Locke was a great character, but I couldn't quite tell whether he was intended to be Jo's romantic interest or not. It was like sometimes there seemed to be a little something between them, and sometimes that would fade into the background entirely. I kind of wish that something had happened between them, because it seemed to be slowly leading towards that, and I think the story would have been nicely spiced up with a little romance. I also wish that the meeting with the Lady of Ould had been a little more dramatic; we are told throughout the book how intimidating and powerful she is, and finding her is the ultimate destination on their journey, but when they finally do get there it's just a little anticlimactic.

Otherwise, I did enjoy The Other Slipper and I would read another book by Udogu, as she is clearly very creative and can weave an interesting story. A little editing would take The Other Slipper from good to great.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Kristin on Nov. 6, 2012 :
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The Other Slipper chronicles the tale of Cinderella's infamous glass slippers. I found this to a very intriguing plot and was immediately hooked. Sadly this book fell short of my expectations.

The Good

The Concept- I really liked the concept of this book. As far as I can remember I have never read a book based solely on Cinderella's slippers, so that was certainly fresh and unique.

Ron- I loved Jo's brother throughout the majority of the book. He was sweet, kind and caring and encapsulated everything Jo wasn't.

Locke- I liked his character and his story arc. While he wants to help Jo in her travels he also realizes that she is stubborn and could very well not accomplish her task because of this. I felt his frustration because that is how I felt as well.

The Bad

Jo- I really didn't like her character. I spent more time being irritated at her behavior than enjoying the story itself. Jo was stubborn,pig headed and just downright rude at times. Even at the end when all was revealed I still felt a lack of joy from her character.

The Pacing- This book was only 300 pages but because of the horrible pacing felt like it took an eternity. I feel most of the beginning of the book could be cut and it still probably wouldn't help. While some scenes did work many just felt long winded like the Author didn't quite know how to fill the page.

Final Thoughts

While I did enjoy this book, I was definitely left frazzled and frustrated by the end. Jo's attitude and the pacing of the story really brought this book down for me. I certainly commend the Author for creating such a unique take on a very beloved story, that just wasn't enough to over power the negatives in this book. It's a real shame.

Overall if you have some time, pick this book up and give it a go. I am only one opinion and you might not feel the same way as I did. Therefore, I am rating The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu ★★★.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Angeline Nguyen on Aug. 13, 2012 :
This book was a headache waiting to happen. Obviously this book is a retelling of the Cinderella story. But instead of dear Cinderelli telling the story, we meet Jo. Jo is a peasant/worker at the castle who happens to find the other slipper that Cinderella dropped once the clock struck midnight on the day of the ball. Off the bat, I was annoyed with Jo. She was stubborn, spineless, and had no character depth. Her actions and "personality" were all over the place. Even by the end of the book, she keeps telling herself I don't want to be a part of this. I want nothing to do with this. Let me run away!!! Her character was unremarkably flat and her pessimistic attitude made it hard for me to continue reading the rest of the book. Her stubbornness in refusing to actually be the heroine of the story really turned me off.

This light read was very bland. The characters (I almost actually liked Ron) were bland and the plot was bland. I was bored halfway through and actually pushed myself to finish the book. The plot seemed to focus on unnecessary turn of events or thoughts and neglected key issues. I would have liked to have seen more description about the Lady of Ould or what becomes of Verne.

I admit that the idea is very creative. It's interesting to see this unexpected side of the story. I bet I'm not the only one who was suspicious of glass shoes that didn't break under a person's weight (I still don't understand why Jo can't just ignore the humming sound). I wish Udogu added some romance. Romance is the easiest way to spice up such a boring plot with very 2 dimensional characters. If Jo had someone she actually liked/crushed on, I would have been more compelled to actually read the rest of the book eargerly.

Overall: This book is for those who don't mind reading clean, bland cookie cutter re-tellings. I would seriously suggest this book to more elementary or middle school grade children. What makes a young adult book truly for young adults is that the main characters has the mindset of an actual young adult. I felt that Jo acted like a petulant child for the majority of the story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jane Li on April 26, 2012 : (no rating)
This is a light and fun spin-off on the classic Cinderella story told from the point of view of Jo, a palace servant. After she finds Ella’s other glass slipper under the enchanted pumpkin, its incessant humming drives Jo to reunite the slipper with its mate. This is how Jo meets Ella and her Godmother Arla. When Arla informs Jo that the enchanted slippers belong to the Lady of Ould and must be returned, Jo finds herself the unwilling volunteer to return the slippers.
Jo sets off on this seemingly simple mission with her brother Ron. Almost immediately, they run into problems. After nearly getting killed, Jo realizes that the slippers are more powerful and valuable than what she had been told. The tall stranger named Locke saves Jo and Ron from certain death, but can they trust him? How can they tell friend from foe? There is powerful magic at work. No one and nothing is what they appear to be.
Because he is a healer of Ould and can protect them, Jo reluctantly lets Locke escort them to Ould. But first, to dampen the unsettling effects the slippers are having on humans and animals alike, Locke leads them to the town of Bandes where they meet with Dacke. From him, they learn that the slippers are something called the Dedi, and that Jo’s lineage is far more fascinating than she had previously thought.
Udogu’s writing is imaginative, creative, and sprinkled with little nuggets of wisdom. I can definitely relate to Jo. “Everyone seemed to have a secret or a hidden agenda,” and Jo is caught in the middle of it. If I were her, I’d be fairly upset too. And how many of us have thought “if only”, that powerful feeling of regret about the past that haunts us in the present? But in the end, we discover that we have been on the right path all along, that each one of us is on a hero’s journey, and that this is just the beginning.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Chiso Okoroafor on March 24, 2012 :
Lovely fiction story. An Adventure based on Cinderella's hitherto forgotten other slipper. I really enjoyed reading this as it kept me secondguessing the next move of the characters especially Jo's. I had hoped for a better and more dramtic ending especially for 'Jo and Locke'
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
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