Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Cleopatra Ascending

Cleopatra Ascending
By: Maureen Lipinski
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Series: Shadow's Edge #2

Sweet Sixteen = You're a Queen

Despite living with a shaman, a witch, and a muse for sisters, Rhea Spencer feels like a normal teenager-even if she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra. But all that changes on Rhea's sixteenth birthday, when her visions of the Egyptian queen start unraveling a very different version of history, and Declan, a hot representative of the secret Order of Antony, shows up on the doorstep to keep her from being kidnapped. Together, Rhea and Declan travel to Egypt to stop the Octavians, a dark cabal trying to tap into Rhea's growing powers. The cabal seeks to access the magic deep below the desert sands, a potentially devastating force that only Rhea can protect.

First I have to say that I didn't read the first book and didn't know this was a second book, but after reading this one I definitely want to check out the first book. With that said this could still pass as a stand alone because the previous story was just background in this book. In my opinion (not having read the first one). I really loved the premise of the story and not having read too much about Cleopatra it was definitely an eye opener and I enjoyed the book very much. The author writes with an ease that makes the book flow quickly and easily.

We meet Rhea who is celebrating her sixteenth birthday by cleaning out trash from the garage. At one point she goes out side and there are so many starts outside but there is one in particular that is so bright right above her head. This is where her troubles begin. She starts having visions of Cleopatra, she already knew she was an incarnation of a queen just not which one. Her family is all very gifted, which in someway is good and in others not so good. Overall she just wants to be a normal teenager but when the Order of Marc Antony and the Order of the Octavian’s are vying for her, one to kidnap her and the other to protect her, everything in her life is no longer normal.

She must choose what to do and how to keep herself and her family safe. She goes with the Order of Marc Antony as he was well trusted with Cleopatra while the other just wants her to raise an army of the dead to destroy everyone and finally win this war that has been unfinished since the time of Cleopatra. There’s a lot of action and then a great section of revelations between Rhea and Declan who is her contact with the order. All the while her boyfriend Slade is becoming King of his own world.

I think this book could even be a stand a lone so it wasn’t such a bad thing that I didn’t read the first as this one seemed to be completely on it’s own, but I will be happy to read it when I can. Again this was a quick and short very easily read kind of book and very interesting story line as you don’t see many books about Cleopatra for young adults. Can’t wait to see what happens next after all there are more sisters!
I received this book from NetGalley and Flux Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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