Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Two Moon Princess-Better Than the Cover Suggests

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
(Young Adult-Girls Only)

On first glance, this is just another coming of age story.  A young princess, Andrea, chafes at the limits of her sex and longs to become an archer, a warrior in her father's army. 

I was expecting the same old story as dozens I've read before in the genre, but by the second chapter, I saw something unique that kept me reading.  Andrea is from another planet, Xaren-Ra, which is connected to Earth via a time portal in an ancient and secret cave near the ocean.  Right away, there was something to hook me.  I enjoyed this alternate view of women's issues-the eternal struggle of feminity and power.  What made the story so much more intriguing was the thought that, if not for a very few important inventions, Earth could have turned out much different.  Imagine a present where women still live locked in castles, subject to the whim and whimsey of men. 

This book will make a great introduction for young girls who take these freedoms that women have today for granted.  It really brings home the past and present in a way that is fresh and new.  My only complaint is with some of the language and other sayings that too casually cross the past/present boundary.  Otherwise, a really interesting read!

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