I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
Book: If the Shoe Fits
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Narrator: Emily Eiden
If the Shoe Fits is the second tale in the fanciful Whatever After series, which follows the adventures of two young siblings who venture into fairytale world. Now becoming "our thing," my 8.5 year old daughter and I listened to the story as a mother-daughter activity, and we both enjoyed this story - probably even a bit more than the first book.
The story opens with Abby and her younger brother, Jonah, transported via their mysterious magical mirror into the land of fairytales. After completely messing up Snow White's story during their first adventure, the siblings are determined not to do anything to wreck Cinderella's happily ever after. Thinking they are experts this time around, the pair are surprised to discover that the rules aren't the same in Cinderella's story, and they once again, derail the course of the story as we all know it.
Abby wants to control everything in her desperate efforts keep order and the story on tract. Her assumptions sometimes lead to silly or dire situations, causing my daughter to laugh. Once again, our favorite activity was trying to figure out the twists and turns of the story - which is an excellent tool for young readers to develop comprehension skills.
Emily Eiden's narration fits the energetic Abby, even if it is a bit chaotic and frenzied at times. I found that I was used to her tone and speed with the second book. The narrator doesn't have a huge range of voices, but each character is unique enough to distinguish as we listened.
My daughter has really enjoyed these first two books, and she looks forward to jointly listening to the rest of the series. I like that the audiobooks are captivating her imagination and engaging her mind. I also really like the girl-power, affirmative messages of each story, as Abby realizes that happily-ever-after doesn't necessarily mean that the prince saves the princess.
My Rating of the story: B (when co-listening with my daughter)