November 22, 2012
Cleopatra Ascending by Maureen Lipinski
SUMMARY: 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.
REVIEW: Lipinski has written a wonderfully re-imagined tale of Cleopatra as a reincarnated teenager whose life is in mortal danger. I am a big fan of Ancient Egypt and this book with the modern twist was no exception.
I immediately liked Rhea. She was a little immature, but hey, she is sixteen. She comes into her own though and that is what truly makes someone's character in the end. I also liked that Rhea came from a family with varied special powers. It made it interesting.
I did not even know this was the second book in the Shadow's Edge series. It completely stood on its own two feet. I will definitely be checking out the first book, as well. I completely recommend this book, especially if you are into Egyptology. It is compulsively readable.