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Posted December 6, 2012
Two Moon Princess is one of the books where the world and the plot are better than the characters placed into them.
At first, I absolutely adored Andrea. Any story that involves a headstrong princess who wants to be a knight? Hell yeah, I'm in! But her character quickly jumped around. She didn't stick to one kind of person - she was the headstrong knight, than the logical princess who just wanted out, then the well behaved princess who dreamed of a better life, then this, then that.
It was like this with most of the characters. There was little character development in any of the characters, and the main characters tended to switch personalities like they switched jackets. I can tell you maybe one consistent thing about each character off the top of my head - and I'm writing this five minutes after finishing the story.
Characters are a huge part of the story to me. This time, they let me down.
I'm not going to say the world and the plot made up for it - they didn't; I do love me some strong characters. But the story is worth reading for the plot and world alone. I loved the idea of being able to transport into another world. I loved how Carmen tied in how Andrea's people came to be with the history of our world. And the plot? I thought it was brilliantly well done, though some of the scenes at the beginning were either unnecessary or jumpy.
All in all, it's not a bad book. It's rather interesting, actually, in terms of world and plot. But I wasn't sucked into it, and with everything else that's out there, I can't say it stands out.
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Posted November 20, 2012
Like many girls, Andrea doesn't want to act like a girly girl. She yearns to be a knight whereas her parents expect her to act like the fourth princess that she is. It is when she crosses over to our world that she finally feels as though she is somewhere she belongs; only, she returns too early and to a home more unfamiliar to her than before, for her actions have become the catalyst for war.
The characters aren't all nice. There are many misunderstandings that could have been resolved if only characters opened up and said what was really on their mind; however, real life isn't easy. When I became frustrated with characters, I asked myself how I would have acted in their positions, and I couldn't hate them as much as I wanted. There is romance. It is sweet; it is bitter. Andreas has her heart broken a couple times.
Two Moon Princess is a coming-of-age story. It is unique and intriguing. It is about growing out of childhood dreams and realizing who you really want to become. War opens Andrea to the brutal reality of knighthood, and she learns more about what she wants to do with her life over the course of the novel. I recommend this for tweens, who will be able to relate to Andrea's struggles relating to her self-identity and getting the people around her to see her for who she really is.
Posted June 5, 2012
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Reviewed by Sabrina
Review Copy Provided by a Contest Win
This was an easy book to get into. The story was told from first person POV and her voice was young and fresh and really natural. The ideas were interesting. Alternate worlds connected to this one, loving the wrong man, learning how to run a kingdom and be a lady when its the last thing you want to do. These ideas are classic for a reason- its hard to go wrong with them. The author did not go wrong. There was nothing wrong with this book. It just kinda… went by. There was no big battle scenes, there was no great romance scenes or anything that would make this book a reread. When I finished the book, I knew that I liked it, but I wasn’t sure what I would rate it. Someone who reads YA fantasy a lot would find the same things off about it that I did. Someone who reads them occasionally or someone that doesn’t read all that often would not understand my concerns. So I went to my read buddy. She asked a simple question, “Would you reread it?” The simplicity in my answer really cleared up my issues. Again, there is NOTHING wrong with this book. It wasn’t a bad book. There was just nothing that stood out to me. I hope that I am able to read another book by her and see that her writing has grown.
Posted September 9, 2011
This book is more geared for middle school age children as it explains simple things throughout the story that an older child or adult would know or get the reference without the explanation however this did not take away from the story and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Andrea, she is a strong-willed and stubborn character not at all the frilly fou-fou princess I was expecting. This book is challenging to write as my emotions varied with this book. The beginning was slow but once Andrea began her adventure the story picked up. Also Andrea went from 14yrs to 17 yrs old (due to the different time when she entered the other world) and her maturity level did not reflect this change in age which could be explained as the foreignness of her new environment in some instances. There were parts of the book that confused me and scenes that I didn't quite understand the point but all in all I enjoyed tagging along on Andrea's adventure mainly because I liked Andrea as a character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2011
As the youngest out of four princesses, Andrea does not have to worry about ruling the kingdom any time soon. She'd much prefer to be a knight anyway. Yet her parents want her to start focusing on being a lady as polished and desirable as her sisters. Instead Andrea decides to run away and somehow gets transported to modern-day California. When she returns back home, Andrea finds out that her father has engaged in a war with a neighboring kingdom over a broken engagement. Will Andrea be able to save the kingdom and fix the enemy king's broken heart by promising to share the secret entry to another world?
Two Moon Princess starts off slow to the point that I kept wondering where the story was heading. Her California experience was not terribly exciting. I expected a 90210-type deal, but Andrea did not stay that long to fully experience this new world. I did not really get into the story until 2/3 into the book when Andrea returns home and tries to stop a war. This was partly due to the romance that unfolded and tugged at my heartstrings as someone finally saw Andrea for herself - not quite ladylike, not quite knightly, but wholly courageous and strong and beautiful - and loved her. I am curious to see how the sequel plays out for Andrea and the two worlds.
Posted April 25, 2011
This is a hard book to review. It was an easy read, but there are elements of the story that didn't flow well, and the characters can be hard to like. But, I enjoyed the premise, and thus found the entire story enjoyable.
Andrea was hard-headed and extremely stubborn. For the most part this benefited who she was and what she wanted to do. She's not the princess we usually see in fairy tales. She has no desire to learn to be a lady and would be considered a tomboy (and that's putting it mildly). But there were times I really wanted to yell at her. She has a habit of thinking something was a great idea and going with it. She doesn't bother to think about the consequences and how her actions might effect others. I think so many things could have been avoided if she would just stop and ask herself a couple questions before proceeding. But then we wouldn't have much of a story.
The supporting cast of characters was a mix. John was an interesting character when he was in California. Stick him in Andrea's world and all of a sudden he became the guy I wished would disappear. He thought it was all a game and so he never realized what was at stake. Andrea's father...I disliked immensely. He was just as stubborn as Andrea and wanted such a different life for her. Not to mention that he was such a man in so many ways. I loved Don Julian and his brother Alfonso. They both brought a lot of life to the story. I had a feeling there was something more to Don Julian and was glad to discover in the end that I was right.
I actually didn't care much for that part were Andrea is in California. I didn't find in believable that she managed to fit in there so easily and in so little time. I don't think a princess who leaves in a mid-evil like era could come to modern California, fit in, learn English, etc all in a few months time. But, it was necessary to the story. She learns about who her ancestors could have been (they are suppose to have crossed over from our world centuries ago).
An interesting story overall. I just saw that this is labeled an book 1, so I'm curious as to were the story goes from here. There are possibilities, just not sure how interested I am in reading it.
Posted March 4, 2010
Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is about Princess Andrea, while the life a princess seems pretty posh to most people, all Andrea wants to be is a knight. After winning an archery contest, Andrea is sure she is finally going to be able to become a squire when she is informed by her father, the King, that it is time for her to put away her foolish dreams and learn to be a lady of the court. Andrea decides to run away and accidentally finds herself in a different world, literally traveling through a portal from the world she knows to our world. Andrea finds herself fitting into our society without too much trouble and comes to love the freedom to be who she wants to when she once again accidentally travels through the portal, returning home. Only the home she has returned to is on the brink of war with its neighbor and the only one who seems to be able to stop the war is Andrea. Will she find the courage to do what needs to be done in her world? Will she be able to see past her own pain and fears to realize the future of both kingdoms hinge upon her actions? What happens when you live in another world for a time and return to your home and realize that you don't fit in any more? Read and find out!
I really liked the combination of medieval society and our current society, the obvious differences between the two and the subtle similarities. Andrea's decisions annoyed me at times, the obvious correct choices were there but she kept making the wrong choices and having to go back and fix them. However, I think the reason they annoyed me is because I am like that, in hind sight the perfect choice was in front of me but I refused to see it. I did like how Andrea's perceptions of the people around her changed as she started to realize it wasn't all about her but a much greater picture, especially her relationship with her mother. I also really liked how Andrea refused to accept there was nothing she could do about the situations she found herself in and once she made a decision she went for it. I recommend picking up a copy and reading about her journey yourself.
I'm not going to say that this wasn't a good book, I truly just think it may not be my particualar style. While most of it was good, I thought that the author rushed a little too much through the entire part where Andrea is in the real world. It wasn't a horrible book, but it was just okay. I can't help but wish I'd waited to get it in paperback.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2008
Andrea is a Princess, but she feels like she doesn't fit in. She wants to join the knights, but her father refuses her request and instructs Andrea to visit her mother for lessons on becoming a lady. Ladyship is boring and uneventful and Andrea tires of her lessons quickly. <BR/><BR/>On the night of her kingdom's ball, Andrea has had enough of being a princess and decides to run away. She stumbles upon a doorway that leads to modern day California. Xaren-Ra, Andrea's world, resembles medieval Spain, so seeing a new world is an adventure. Andrea adapts to her new fast-paced life in California. She makes friends, attends classes, and starts to fall for a local boy. <BR/><BR/>During a storm, Andrea takes shelter in the same cave that brought her to California. Only this time she accidentally re-opens the passage, bringing with her an American boy. Andrea's return to her kingdom sets off a chain of events that ignites a war on her world, uncovers family secrets, and endangers her family and friends. Now Andrea has to find a way to stop the war and find her place in her world. <BR/><BR/>TWO MOON PRINCESS is a wonderful book that kept me up turning its pages and reading well into the night. I was transported into Andrea's world and didn't want to leave. There was never a dull moment or a bland character. The author's parallel worlds were richly described and all the characters grew throughout the story. <BR/><BR/>Andrea is a great strong character - she recognizes her duty to her kingdom, but also has a bit of a rebellious streak in her. She's not a damsel in distress at all, but at the same time she's not afraid to show her soft side. <BR/><BR/>This story was full of adventure and the romance was an unexpected surprise. This is a great pick for readers who enjoy fantasy but also great for readers who like romance in their stories. I'm excited to see the author is working on a sequel, which I hope to read soon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.