January 4, 2013

Title: Cleopatra Ascending

Series: Shadow’s Edge

Author: Maureen Lipinski

Published: January 8, 2013

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.

***Note: This book was provided by Net Galley but it did not influence the review in any way.

Ana will put Cleopatra Ascending on her third shelf!

My Review: Rhea is your typical teenager…or is she? She lives in a house filled with people who have special powers and, even though she’s been told she’s the reincarnation of Cleopatra, she hasn’t seen anything to date that makes her feel special. However, as she nears her sixteenth birthday, things begin to change. She begins to see visions of Cleopatra that feel real and she discovers that there is a secret plot against her. All of a sudden her life is much more interesting…and much scarier!

I liked the characters in this book and was thankful that there wasn’t a love triangle to deal with like in so many other books these days. The characters all had a reason to exist and a part to play in the story. I enjoyed reading about Rhea. Even though, at times, her “teenager” showed through, overall, she was a strong hero for the story. I would have liked to hear more about Cleopatra but can understand why the story needed to focus on the here and now. Rhea’s boyfriend, Slade, made appearances only when he was needed to move the story forward or support her and this had both an up side and down side for me. On the positive side, he was his own person, after all, he was about to become King of his world. He had a life to lead and Rhea wasn’t dependent on him like so many characters we’ve read about. But, on the other hand, because he wasn’t around enough, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them like I wanted to. Declan, her contact with the Order of Antony, was a great character filled with knowledge about the past and secrets he was hesitant to share. I really enjoyed the fact that he had his own life and a girlfriend outside of his obligations to Rhea. This made him feel like a brother and made his desire to protect her much more real for me as I knew it had nothing to do with a relationship.

There were several twists and turn to this story that made it interesting. The explanation of the Order of Antony was quite unique and the small bits on Egyptian information we received was very enjoyable. The plot was unique and well thought out as well.  This is a second book in a series but it easily stands alone which is quite unique. Overall it was a good, quick and enjoyable read.

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