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Cleopatra Ascending

(Shadow's Edge #2)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 Or
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Flux (first published January 1st 2013)
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Cleopatra Ascending is fast, almost too much so. Covering 223 pages, this young-adult paranormal thriller is straight-up non-complex fiction, easy to read and get lost in.
Rhea has always known she was a reincarnation of Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, but it had never seemed interesting. Her family consists of witches and shamans, and Rhea is boringly human – until her sixteenth birthday. On an otherwise dull day, she discovers she is part of an ancient curse, which only she can break.

Although Cl
I picked up this book because I've always had a fascination with Cleopatra and her story. I've already read a number of books about her and her children- both fiction and nonfiction. I read the back cover of this book and thought hmmm a reincarnation of Cleopatra? Sounds pretty cool. I did see that this seemed to be a sequel to another book but it didn't seem necessary to read it.

So I started reading and by the end of the first chapter I was already starting to feel a bit disappointed. It turns
Kathy Martin
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rhea is a typical teen. By turns she is self-involved and selfless, self-absorbed and intuitive and much like a normal teen. But Rhea is also the reincarnation of Cleopatra which hasn't impacted her life much until her sixteenth birthday. All of a sudden two groups of guys are after her. The Order wants to protect her and the Octavians want to use her to further their evil goals. And Rhea is having very vivid dreams about Cleopatra.

I met Rhea in SHADOW'S EDGE which focused on her older sister Le
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

CLEOPATRA ASCENDING is a wonderfully satisfying paranormal mystery centering around a very relatable reincarnation of a teenage Cleopatra. The story felt a little like an Indiana Jones type story with a secret cult bent on world domination, ancient codes to break, and lots of references to ancient historical texts. This was a great standalone book filled with action and intrigue and I was actually very surprised to discover that this was the second book
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle School Children who aren't motivated readers
Her mother is a psychic, her sisters are a witch, a shaman and a spirit guide. You would expect Rhea to have some other worldly powers but it seems the best she can offer is being the reincarnation of Cleopatra.

But when she turns 16, things start to happen. A mysterious group called the Octavians is searching for the Book of the Dead and Rhea is starting to have visions. The Octavians want to use the Book of the Dead to raise an army of zombies but they need her to read the spell.

Cleopatra Asce
Trina Collins
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. I hope there will be a book for each of the other sisters as well
Excuse me in advance for the mild sarcasm. I had some problems with this book. I mean when I first got it and looked at the page count, my normal doubts crept in. It's like 230 pages. I'm not normally very sure about those because you never know how well it's going to be pulled off in such a quick amount of time. In all aspects. And sadly, this book didn't exactly prove me wrong. It was interesting enough to begin with, but then I had all these question pop up and the book didn't answer them ver ...more
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Let me start off by saying that I didn’t realize this was a sequel when I requested it, but it doesn’t matter anyway. You can definitely read Rhea’s story as a standalone novel. And I liked it! I’ve been lucky with ARCs in 2013 (minus one), and this one is no different. The summary is straightforward: Rhea is Cleopatra reincarnated, though we don’t know what that entails at first. I loved that this was a supernatural family, that magic wasn’t a big deal to t
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I didn't know that this was a second book in a series when I picked up at NetGalley, but that really didn't seem to matter while I read the book. There were a few references to something that happened in the first book and I thought, I wish the author had written about that first. Duh, how stupid am I? She did write about it in the first book featuring a different sister called Shadow's Edge. There are four sisters and I'm betting each sister will get a book. Cleopatra Ascending was Rhea's book, ...more
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[3.25 / 5]

Cleopatra Ascending is a book that you might see at the library, pick it up out of curiosity, pick it up, read it, have a great time while you’re at it, then return it. I’m definitely not saying it’s a bad book – in fact, it’s one that I really enjoyed! But in my opinion, for most YA readers, this book is probably most enjoyable as a quick weekend read.

I especially liked the incorporation of Egyptian mytholo
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Haven’t read Shadow’s Edge, I was a little apprehensive to read Cleopatra Ascending at the beginning as I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to follow the story. After finishing the book, I’m happy to share that not only was I able to follow the story, I had an enjoyable time reading the book!

In the story, we have Rhea, a girl who has a father working as a police officer and a mother who is a famous psychic. Unlike her gifted sisters, Rhea does not have any special power of her own. According to her
Anna Kay
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Rhea Spencer has lived around the supernatural her whole life without any major problems. Her Mom is a psychic, and her sisters are a shaman, a witch and a muse. Oh yeah, and Rhea also just happens to be the reincarnation of Cleopatra! But on her sixteenth birthday, Rhea starts having visions of her life as the Egyptian queen and than the Order of Antony shows up to 'protect' her from another, darker order - the Octavians. The Octavians want to kidnap Rhea and use her to unleash an army of the u ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 w ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
*Genre* YA Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0


This is actually the second novel in the Shadow's Edge series. The first book was about Rhea's older sister Leah who is a Shaman to The Créatúir. Having none of the previous knowledge that Rhea had an Créatúir boyfriend in Slade was kind of a drawback. Although the story was interesting, there was too much background information missing that I would like back please? The part that's missing is the whole culture of The Créatúir and how Rhea and Slade came
Heather Boustead
Cleopatra Ascending
Shadow’s Edge Series Book Two
By Maureen Lipinski

Rhea has just turned sweet sixteen and discovered she is Cleopatra’s reincarnate. This really isn’t much of a surprise, more like a let-down, she wishes she had cooler powers like her sisters or her mom the most she can do is draw attention from the people around her. That is until her powers begin to manifest themselves and she is soon in danger from people who would wish to use Cleopatra’s abilities against mankind.

I had no id
Mrs. Kenyon
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
Rhea Spencer has just turned 16 years old and how does she get to celebrate her birthday? She gets to clean out the garage and do other chores because she was late at curfew. You would think being the reincarnation of Queen Cleopatra would give her bonus points, but you would be wrong. Not only does she receive no special treatment, she also has no special powers like her sisters who are a shaman, a witch and a muse. That is until she starts having visions of Cleopatra's life and an unknown stra ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I really, really loved 'Shadow's Edge'. So when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, well, I couldn't wait! After waiting on my shelves for a couple of years now, I have finally gotten around to reading 'Cleopatra Ascending'. When I first started reading, I really loved the premise and was excited that it was shaping up to be just as awesome as the first book. But, as I got closer and closer to the middle of the book, I became increasingly worried about how Ms. Lipinski was going to be a ...more
I don't think I could even imagine a life with a family as paranormal as the main character's Rhea's. A mother who has spirit guides that constantly tattle on the girls. It would have to be horrid, not to mention knowing all your life that you are the reincarnation of Cleopatra.

This book seemed like it was part of a series but for the most part it is fine being read on it's own. You don't seem to have missed much that the author does not explain along the way.

It did however remind me allot of
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Cleopatra Ascending has a good plot, mystery, and decent writing. For me, however, it lacks a likable main character. Being the reincarnation of a Queen could make any teen girl have an ego that runs the show, but I was hoping for more of a character development for Rhea. Thankfully for readers, there is. As the story progresses readers are enfolded into the mystery and transformation as Rhea comes into her powers. While 'Ascending' is the second book in the series, I had no trouble skipping the ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lipinski-maureen
I found the story line to be a nice change. I ultimately enjoyed the book, but I did find it had some slow points where too much information was given. Personally I felt overwhelmed with all the differences with the sisters and mother. They really didn't seem to help the story line except one sister. I think this story could easily become a series. I believe this would be a nice young adult book for our library collection. ...more
Katrina Thompson
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it had a lot of good twists and turns to it and adventure I loved the romance and how the author took a classic story and and whole new perspective to egyption mythology.
Deborah Morgan
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Cleopatra reincarnated. Interesting storyline.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reincarnation
2.5 stars.

This was such a slim book. I think everything could have been expanded on a lot. It just felt like it went too fast and not enough in depth.
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