January 26, 2012 by Alice in Readerland
“In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family’s kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Readers will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify with Andrea and her difficult choices between duty and desire.” ~ Goodreads description
Title: Two Moon Princess
Author: Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Publisher: Tangle Wood Press
Ages: 10 & up
Book Courtesy of NetGalley
Princess Andrea would much rather be a squire; same as she’d much rather be roaming outdoors than stuck inside the castle. So imagine what happens when Andrea discovers a secret door that leads her to modern-day California! And what happens when she returns to her world? Will she be in her medieval kingdom or in California by the last page of the book?
This story has plenty of action, of which Andrea gets to have her fair share of. Andrea knows how to use a sword and a bow and arrow; she delivers blows and she takes them.
My favorite part of the story is definitely the time that Andrea spends in modern-California. I loved seeing our world through her eyes, and her mix of excitement and shock was enjoyable.
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban fills Two Moon Princess with rich settings and language on every page. This book is brimming with wonderful imagery, vividly painting scenes from the idyllic California beach to the fascinating kingdom from another world (“With it’s summit lost in the clouds and its slope deep into the waters, the mountain seemed to hold heaven and earth together and apart in an impossible balance of wills…Down below, we could see the river stretch itself lazily between the shores as if in no hurry to end its journey, while straight ahead, through the wisps of mist swaying over the waters, the other bank played hide-and-seek.”).
Cynical Cindy Says:
I enjoyed that Andrea got to share in the action, but I feel that she did more than her share of moody meltdowns. One character calls what Andrea has “childish outbursts” and I have to agree.
3 out of 5 teacups.
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