• Step into Magic

  • Portals to Whyland, Book 1
  • By: Day Leitao
  • Narrated by: Marlies Dubois
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Step into Magic

By: Day Leitao
Narrated by: Marlies Dubois
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Publisher's summary

Not special. Not chosen. But she's got magical shoes. 

Fourteen-year old Karina doesn’t know what she wants, but knows what she’s found - fascinating silver shoes. Fascinating, dangerous, and potentially evil. On the upside, they do bring cool visitors. When a princess invites her to go to Whyland and save her kingdom, of course she accepts. There’s that little “let’s destroy the shoes” detail she’s not crazy about, but hey, free trip, alternate world. 

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. 

To make matters worse, as much as the princess is fierce, determined, and brave, she'll jeopardize everything just to reconnect with her boyfriend, almost boyfriend, or whatever. And that might just be their doom. 

Step into Magic is a fun YA portal fantasy adventure. If you like books with strong heroines, friendships between girls, subtle romance, and some mystery, you've found your book. 

This is narrated in close third person with very snappy/sarcastic character voices.

©2018 Denise Marques Leitao (P)2019 Denise Marques Leitao

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Meh. Just meh.

Throughout this story, I had the hardest time deciding whether it was a decent story saddled with a poor narrator, or if story and narrator were well-suited to each other in their utter mediocrity. In the end, I still can't be sure.

The problem is, I can't even point to anything specific. The story - a girl from our world finds a magic pair of shoes, a witch appears to promise her a wish, and she ends up traveling to another dimension to stop a threat to a distant kingdom - really ought to be interesting. The main character, an ostensibly analytical person endlessly fascinated by the potential of alternate dimensions and their divergent technologies, should be right up my alley. Nearly every element of this story seems ideally suited to make it fascinating and interesting and worthwhile.

Instead, it's just flat and bland, and whiny and annoying. I cannot recommend this story to anyone. You'd be better served admiring the cover for seven hours.

I was given a free copy of this story to review.

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I loved the story. The narration wasn't great.

A girl whisked away to a magical kingdom where she must call on he inner strength to save the innocent people of another world.

She meets friends along the way and discovers herself as she learns to wield the power of her magical shoes.

The story was well written and I really enjoyed it. The narrator wasn't great and the pace and tone of narration frequently distracted from the story.

I recommend it but you may want to increase the audible reading speed or read it in print format.

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Fantastic

What a magical story! I loved listening to their adventures. The narrator was absolutely fabulous.

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great story

follow the adventure of magic ,thrill and intrigue. full of magic, humor and lots of laughs throughout
narrators good and easy to follow

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A great read

A story full of magic,trust,evil & friendship. Imagine buying a pair of shoes at a yard sale and then find out they are magic. Karina gets pulled into another dimension and her journey does not go as planned. She makes great friends along the way but still has a task to complete. I liked this story & the narrator did a great job.

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Fun Listen

What more could you ask for but to go to another world and take an adventure? I think this is a good book for young preteens or teens. It has action and adventure for a young person to enjoy. The narrator does a good job bringing the story to life with words. I really enjoyed it even if it was for a younger set. I would recommend to my granddaughter in about two years.

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Silver shoes!

Great fantasy! The adventures Trina goes through over a pair of silver shoes! From finding new friends to traveling! Narrator makes the story come alive! Can't wait for book2!

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Magic

Step into Magic was a great first start of the series, we were introduced to many characters and places. We followed the girls as they carried the magic shoes through the kingdom to save life as they knew it, only the find out things aren’t what they seemed. It was a good set up to the series, and I am curious as to what happens next in the series.

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Intriguing

Was an interesting story with interesting characters. I definitely enjoyed listening to it! Look forward to listening to the rest.

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Step into Magic literally.

The first few lines of the book truly captured my attention. Perhaps half way through I got a bit overwhelmed with the number of new characters and not sure if they will be apart of the next installment. The main character Karina, at times can be a bit annoying. I’m sure the narrator plays a part in that as well. The narration was mediocre and I struggled with her narration. I had to increase the speed of narration to 2.0 so that the voices wouldn’t be a distraction to the story for me. I would recommend this book for teens 12+ especially if they enjoy alternate worlds and a bit of fantasy.

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