Book Review: Step into Magic (Portals to Whyland #1) by Day Leitao

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About the Book:

Title: Step into Magic

Author: Day Leitao

Publication Date: July 30th, 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 277

Rating: 4.5/5


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Ebook ISBN: 978-1-7750637-4-2

Print book ISBN: 978-1-7750637-5-9


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

14-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, 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. Got it?

Perhaps not. 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.

For 16-year-old Cayla, destroying the shoes is her much-wanted chance to prove her worth to her father, the king, and gain freedom. It might also be her chance to see Darian after more than one year apart. Does he still like her? Did he ever? But these are not the only questions she finds an answer for. Soon she realizes that all her learning and fighting skills are no match for the truths she’s about to face.

Step into Magic is a fun YA fantasy adventure. If you like books with friendships between girls, subtle romance, and some mystery, get Step into Magic now.


I received a physical ARC of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


“Never accept invitations to alternate worlds from strangers.”

Step Into Magic written by Day Leitao captivates readers into a fresh, otherworldly kingdom of forbidden magic. This is a perfect read for fans of The School for Good and Evil and The Fairyland Series.

It follows an ordinary girl named Karina who bought silver shoes in a garage sale. When an enigmatic woman appeared in her bedroom looking for the shoes, Karina realized that her shoes were something special. Just then, another two girls appeared and invited her to go to Whyland which she duly accepted. However, being stuck in a world she had no clue about, Karina realized that the adventure that she wanted to experience wasn’t as fun as she imagined to be.

The plot instantly caught my attention with an intriguing opening line. It had layers of mysteries and complexities that kept me interested and enthusiastic to know what’s going to happen next. I found myself completely indulged into Karina’s journey. It felt like I was also having an adventure with them. I felt the same doubts Karina has to deal with. I felt her struggles to save herself and her friends from a miserable end.

Surely, the author’s writing style is much better compared to the novella. The places and scenes are clear and vividly described, and the transition in each chapter is smooth as well. I also like how the author instilled wit and humor in Karina’s character which makes the story more entertaining.

Most of the characters are okay. I really do like Karina. Being a girl living in a world with no magic, she’s skeptical and determined to know the truth. At first, she kept her thoughts to herself, but she learned to voice out her opinions by the end of the story. On the other hand, I didn’t like Cayla and Darian so much. I was surprised myself because I really liked them in the novella. They acted childish most of the time. Given the circumstances that they were facing, I was expecting a more mature attitude from them. Lastly, I am still fascinated with Sian. He only had a few scenes in this book, but he’s complex and has a veil of mystery surrounding him.

Overall, Step Into Magic is a fast, delightful read about friendship, loyalty, and a little bit of romance. I can’t wait to read the next book!

I gave this book 4.5/5 stars!



Day Leitao was born and raised in Brazil and lives in Montreal, Canada, with her son. She loves to tell stories.

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