Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review: Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Two Moon Princess CoverYA parallel universe fantasy with a strong heroine

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: May 15, 2007
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Pages: 323
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Princess Andrea lives in the medieval-style kingdom of Xaren, which exists in a world parallel to our contemporary United States. Andrea strongly resents the limitations of her life as a young, sheltered royal whose only prospects for the future are to endure a political marriage. Her dream is to train as a warrior as princes do, but instead she is forced to study boring court etiquette with her older sisters. This tedious regimen is more than Andrea can bear. In a fit of rebellion, she runs away and enters a forbidden portion of the kingdom that is rumored to be haunted. In the process, she almost falls over a cliff and is unexpectedly rescued by an uncle who is the family eccentric. He admonishes her to stay away from this dangerous place, but Andrea can't make herself obey. During another risky, exploratory journey there, she ends up in a cave just as the tide is coming in and almost drowns. Her relief at surviving is short-lived, though, because she discovers to her dismay that she has been swept into an utterly foreign world which has only one moon instead of the two moons of her own world.

Princess Andrea's unwillingness to settle for a very limited life leads her to fantastic adventures that are highly entertaining. Andrea is a strong protagonist who never gives up. There is action, romance, mystery, and amusing moments of comic relief in this delightfully original novel, as Andrea attempts to fulfill her heart's desire in the two separate worlds she becomes equally attached to.

Heroine: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Fantasy World-Building: 5

Writing: 5

Action-Adventure Plot: 5

Romantic Subplot: 5

Overall: 5

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