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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

July 4, 2011

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

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Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban




For my review of Mandy Hubbard new title Ripple, please go to:


Mandy Hubbard’s previous titles are Prada and Prejudice and You Wish. She is also an agent with D4EO Literary.

Check her Submissions Guidelines here: http://www.mandyhubbard.com/index.php/agent/

May 16, 2011

Middle Grade/Young Adult? Does it matter?

Filed under: On Publishing,On Reading,On Writing,The Enchanted Inkpot — carmenferreiroesteban @ 7:49 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Today at The Enchanted Inkpot, Kate Coombs discuss the no man’s land of books for older MG or younger YA, AKA tweens.
Do you as a reader hesitate to pick a book because it is labelled MG or YA?

Follow the link below to join in the discussion:


April 18, 2011

Boy Books, Girl Books

Filed under: On Reading,The Enchanted Inkpot — carmenferreiroesteban @ 2:18 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Boy books, girl books. Are books genre specific?

Join us today at the Enchanted Inkpot (http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/62614.html) to read what Leah Cypess and other Inkers have to say on this controversial subject.

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.

March 29, 2011

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

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Review by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban




Clever and Cunning, The Thief is King

No one said marriage is easy. The one between Eugenides, the spy/thief of Eddis and his sworn enemy the queen of Attolia seemed doomed from the start, a marriage of political convenience, imposed on Attolia by their rival kingdom. For how could the thief possibly love the queen responsible for the loss of his hand?

But Eugenides is anything but predictable and has married the queen for love, even if by doing so he must leave his beloved Eddis behind.

As the third book in this excellent series starts, Eugenides is stranded in the Attolian palace. Ridiculed by the Attolian courtesans, despised by the Queen guards and his own attendants, he endures their daily pranks, pretending to be a guileless idiot while weaving a web of intrigue to gain his queen’s heart and bring his enemies to their knees. If only he lives long enough.

Cleverly plotted and beautiful written, the story moves at a fast pace to a satisfying conclusion that answers many questions while posing new ones,

Is the Queen pregnant as her fainting may suggest?

Where is Sophos, the heir of Sounis? Would he marry the Queen of Eddis?

Would the political situation in a not distant future set Eugenides against his cousin, the queen of Eddis?

The only thing I know for sure is that I’m impatiently waiting for the King’s return.

March 15, 2011

Little People are Big in Fantasy. See at The Enchanted Inkpot

Filed under: On Writing,The Enchanted Inkpot — carmenferreiroesteban @ 1:25 pm
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By Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


Have a favorite childhood story with little people as protagonist?

Check out what Angie Frazier has to say about her own and other fellow bloggers’ favorites under the entry “Small Enchantments: Miniatures in Fantasy” at The Enchanted Inkpot.


March 3, 2010

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

September 21, 2009

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Love and hate, fear and courage have no meaning for Nick. Chased by sorcerers and their slaved demons all his life, he has grown so used to being in the run, until found and then fighting and moving again, he has no time to indulge in such useless thing as feelings. Only his brother Alan can keep him grounded in reality, forcing him to attend school and lecturing him in the meaning of love and friendship.

Alan, three years older than Nick, has taken care of him and of their half-crazed mother since the day 7 years ago when a sorcerer killed their father. But now the sorcerers are gathering in mass to attack them and, this time, Alan may not be able to protect him.

A smart plot and a flawed, yet awkwardly compelling main character make this fast paced book a fascinating read.

I loved the relationship between the brothers and the young boy’s struggle to understand the world he finds so puzzling.

August 31, 2009

Never Slow Dance With a Zombie

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To read my review of the new YA novel Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Can Lowe, please go to


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