Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: Cleopatra Ascending by Maureen Lipinski

Title: Cleopatra Ascending
Author: Maureen Lipinski
Series: Book Two in the Shadow's Edge Series
Published By: Flux (Jan. 8, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: 3 Stars!

Goodreads Description:
 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.

My Review:   
  I didn't realize going into this that this was actually the second book in a series, I have no idea how I didn't catch that but, there you have it. Having said that though, I had no issues whatsoever starting this one and catching up to things that happened in the first one. I never felt lost or confused at all and I love that.

In fact, I was pretty much immediately drawn into the story. I love how it started off, with us getting to see the last moments of the Queen's life, her decisions to end her rule and her loyal servants beside her.

I can't say I loved Rhea's character though. I just never warmed up to her and while I loved that she was suppose to be Cleopatra reincarnated, I wish we would have gotten just a little more about Cleopatra. I guess the history freak in my wanted more rich detail and mystery than what was presented.

This wasn't a bad read. In fact I liked the whole family, I just wish the whole thing would have had more background and detail to it, it just seemed to lack some much needed depth to the storyline and characters. It was a quick read and something that I think anyone looking for a fun light read would enjoy.


  1. This sounds good, and I've been caught this month myself by accepting a book that is second or third in the series. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I absolutely love the story of Cleopatra. All the power and beauty, plus ruling such a powerful empire. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be here. Thanks for sharing the review!

  3. Thanks for stopping by Kimba and Mary! :D

  4. Whoa, this confused me at first. I know another book that has the same cover image. lol. Oh, I can't start a 2nd book without the 1st. CAN'T! Glad you were able to though, and that it actually turned out good! :)

  5. That's good it wasn't too confusing but I wonder if the first had more explanations that would have taken that issue away. It sounds interesting though. Cleopatra is a fascinating person to read about!

  6. I usually can't read a second book without the first unless it follows different characters. I love Cleopatra though! Maybe the first book would had more background details. Sounds like an interesting read.

  7. I do think I should have read the first book in the series, I think I would have gotten those details I was missing in this one about the characters.

  8. Christy, now you have me curious as to what book you thought it was!

  9. I haven't heard of this series, thanks for introducing me to it. I enjoyed your review.