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February 27, 2013

The Pope Who Quit

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The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation

A year ago I reviewed Jon M. Sweeney’s The Pope Who Quit, the story of how Peter Morrone, a humble and uncultivated Italian hermit, became Pope in 1294 at the ripe age of 84, taking the name of Pope Celestine V. Unable to cope with the demands of the papacy, he abdicated some months later.

In his book, Jon M. Sweeney tells us how Pope Benedict IX came to pray over the tomb of his Medieval predecessor and suggests he might have been asking him for advice as he considered his own resignation.

When the resignation of Pope Benedict IX was announced last week, I remembered Jon’s prophetic words with awe.

If the news surprised you or made you wonder why this was such a shock for the Catholic community, you may want to read this fascinating story of a time so different from ours when another Pope also resigned.

You can find my whole review at Myshelf.com

September 26, 2011

Review of Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith

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Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban



I read The Prisoner of Zenda when I was a teen and loved it, so when I got the chance to read and review for myshelf Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith, a feminist retale of same, I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did for I enjoyed it as much.

You can read my full review at:


July 8, 2011

Two Moon Princess Smart Review





Candi Criddle at Goodreads.com gave my YA novel Two Moon Princess a great review.

From her first sentence:

“I weirdly liked this a lot, but not for being any of the things it said it was.”

to her last paragraph:

“This book was about culture shock, growing up, and sacrifice; not time travel, romance, and princesses. I was tricked into reading it, but found I liked it and kept coming back to see what happened.”

She got it just weirdly perfect.

Thank you so much Candi.

See the complete review at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/182304921

April 2, 2011

Welcome to Two Moon Princess Blog Tour

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For an author, Virtual Book Tours have the best of both worlds. You get to meet lots of interesting people and talk about your book, yet you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.

Thanks to Kari, the blog tour for my YA fantasy TWO MOON PRINCESS (Tanglewood Press) starts this Monday April 4 with Amber Clark’s pageturnersblog.com and continued daily until April 30.

The schedule for this first week is as follow:

Monday, April 4: Amber Clark (Teenage Garage Sale)          www.pageturnersblog.com

Tuesday, April 5: Lexie (Character Interview: Andrea)     http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 6: Melissa(Review)                                    http://bookgirl-mel.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 7: Britta (Tens List)                                           www.ilikethesebooks.blogspot.com

Friday, April 8: Amy-RT (Author Interview)                           http://ReadingTeen.net/

Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/

As specified above, each blogger will post either a review of Two Moon Princess, a guest post about a specific subject she requested from me, or an interview with the author (that would be me).

I was amazed at the imagination displayed by these wonderful bloggers in their choice of questions and blog subject matters. I hope my answers do them justice.

Please stop by at any time, and leave your comments.

August 31, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games are the ultimate reality show: A fight to the death among 24 young people (the tributes), one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts, while the rich and spoiled people of the Capitol watch on, and bid for their favorites. Only a winner is allowed. A winner that will never be hungry again or forced to participate in the games.

The Games take place every year in the Capitol and are run by the government that rules the twelve districts, the remnants of the land that once was called North America. The Games are a reminder that “resistance is futile” as the Capitol has the power to destroy the districts if so wished, as it destroyed number thirteen seventy four years ago during the last rebellion.

As the book starts, sixteen years old Katniss volunteers to compete in the Games when her twelve years old sister is chosen to represent the 12th district. Katniss, who lost her father in a mine explosion at thirteen and has been since keeping her mother and little sister fed with her hunting, is determined to stay alive whatever the price. For Peeta, the male tribute from the same district, things are not so simple. Is it possible, he wonders, to play the Games without losing his humanity?

Those who think YA and/or Fantasy books are light fare may have to reconsider after reading this book because the question The Hunger Games asks: would you kill to stay alive? Would you kill an enemy, a friend, a lover? is not easy to answer.

Suzanne Collins’s premise in The Hunger Games is that yes, when hunted, we all become hunters. But killing a human being comes with a high price and the survivor will forever be haunted by the dead.

Being a Young Adult novel, the story ends with a note of hope (and BTW that is why I read/write YA novels). Yet the question remains, taunting the reader: how much of your humanity/your core beliefs will you give up to stay alive? to make a living? It’s a question we all have had (or will have) to answer sometime in our lives, even if the circumstances are not as extreme as in the novel and the price not so high.

March 3, 2010

The Seventh Witch by Shirley Damsgaard

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For my review of The Seventh Witch: An Ophelia and Abby Mystery # 7 by Shirley Damsgaard please go to:


Spellwright by Blake

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Please find my review of Spellwright by Blake Charlton at http://www.myshelf.com/scifi_fantasy/10/spellwright.htm

February 5, 2010

The Child Thief by Brom

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For my review of The Child Thief by Brom, a modern retelling of the Peter Pan story, please go to http://www.myshelf.com/teen/fiction/09/childthief.htm

A Taste of Heaven

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Please read my review of A Taste of Heaven by Madeline Scherb at http://www.myshelf.com/cookbook/10/tasteofheaven.htm

August 7, 2009

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

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Please find my review fo Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner at 


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