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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  45 reviews
This standalone fantasy brings an ancient Egyptian mystery to life against a modern background, in a tale expertly crafted by a seasoned anthropologist

Set against the glory and tragedy of ancient Roman Egypt, this novel brings to bring to life the greatest love story of all time.

Sixteen-year-old Hal Stevens is a budding historical scholar from a small town in Colorado. A v
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Daw Books
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Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and DAW for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

I fell in love with mythology and the history that surrounds it around the age of thirteen-years-old, when my English teacher, at the time, introduced me to Greek myths. That led to me digging up more on my own, and my fascination with Greek mythology evolved into Roman, Egyptian, Norse and Celtic. So, whenever a novel crosses my path that deals in any sort of mythology, I am eag
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

So I’m pretty sure this is my background in anthropology talking, but I really enjoyed this. Coupled with my general interest in ancient Rome and Ptolemaic Egypt, it made Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear a delightful escape for this archaeology and history nerd.

The protagonist of this story is sixteen-year-old Halloran Stevens, a smart but socially awkward high school student. His only friends are Roberto
Ariana Fae
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I'm a big fan of Kathleen O'Neal Gear (and her husband Michael), and she always does a beautiful job of sweeping into her stories. When I heard she was writing a story about ancient Egypt that dealt with incarnation and demons, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. CRIES FROM THE LOST LAND was worth the wait.

Something is fascinating about a story that not only entertains but teaches as well. Kathleen adds just enough archeology and history details to add depth to the story but not burden it do
April Sarah
*ARC received from #Netgalley in return for an honest review*
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This whole story gave me a little bit of 'The Mummy' vibes and a little bit of Indiana Jones but with a very young adult bent to it. I loved that there was so much history embedded in this book. I was fascinated the whole way through. The little tidbits of Antonius and Cleopatra and their love story captured me in a way I wasn't expecting. Plus you get a lot of Egyptian mythology. You get to se
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was never able to really get into this book which is a shame because the synopsis and cover made it look amazing.

“Cries from the Lost Island” follows Hal as he struggles to manage his parents desires for him to love a normal life and the love he feels for Cleo, a young woman who believes herself to be the reincarnation of the infamous Cleopatra. Following an unfortunate series of events Hal and his friend Roberto find themselves in Egypt where they must uncover the truth from the past and ret
Danalli Calhoun
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love when authors combine anthropology and a little bit of fantasy. I loved that this book was a little bit fantastical, but still had a real world feeling about it. I also appreciate that Kathleen O'Neal Gear did such a good job keeping to a lot of the history from Egypt and Cleopatra. I learned a lot about the history as I read the book and kept pausing to google certain facts and questions. Even with all the pausing to look up the history, I zoomed throug ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O'Neal Gear sounded like it was going to be right up my alley, but in the end it just wasn't for me. I was expecting something much different actually. I'm really interested in Egyptian mythology and that's what kept me reading, but there were several moments where I was very close to DNF'ing this novel. My main issues were with the writing style. I felt too far removed everyone in the cast. Their behavior and dialogue was much too stilted for me to become ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m almost tempted to rate this three stars for Roberto and because this was so bad that it wrapped back around to being enjoyable, but I’m leaving it at 2 for now. If you happen to be the kind of person who finds questionable classical reception entertaining and you’re not bothered too much by inaccuracies (regarding both ancient Roman/Egyptian history and modern Colorado) then this is probably a good book for you. I am fascinated by this portrayal of Antony.
Karen Gail Brown
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this took me a long time to read it because I had to keep rereading parts to make sure I understood how the plot was building.

Hal Stevens is a teenager with a vivid interest in Egyptian history. His girlfriend is Cleo and she claims to be the incarnation of Cleopatra...when Cleo is killed, her claims seem to have validity. Suspicious that she may be killed, Cleo leaves behind a medallion with Hal for safe keeping. She says that she never would have been reincarnated had the me
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Zoe L.
Mar 10, 2020 added it
So, if there is one way to turn me into a petulant child with sticky fingers screaming, “gimme!” it is to combine the two words: anthropology and book. It’s just an instant draw, love, and obsession for me. Has been since middle school. There’s just something about the profession that is so dreamy and wondrous to me. Tie in a book with anthropological aspects WITH an author who is an anthropologist? Well, that’s just like handing me a bar of gold!

But: Happy Book Birthday to this sweet book! It’s
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cries from Lost Island
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Starting with the dedication,  no one is more deserving than to whom this book is dedicated. Knowing these authors as I do they are grateful to their fans. This particular one more than others because she finds value in their works beyond the normal reader. This book is a remarkable tribute to her bravery, her ability, and her adoration.
I have waited impatiently for four years for this book. First and foremost because it is a Young Adult book, I can p
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be still my younger self. I know that you are doing dances and screaming from on top of a mountain.
To let y'all in for a clue, when I was about 5 to 13 I was OBSESSED with Ancient Egypt. I checked out all the nonfiction books on Egypt over and over again until the library wanted to know if I ever planned to read anything else. I had a "Make your own mummy" thing- it was all plastic but I got to remove guts from the body and place it is a sarcophagus and bury it in my yard. I also watched The Mum
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
I hate to say that this book was very disappointing, I was expecting quite a bit from it. I saw that intriguing cover with hieroglyphics and had to see what it was about. Then I read the description and um..excuse me? “This standalone fantasy brings an ancient Egyptian mystery to life against a modern background, in a tale expertly crafted by a seasoned anthropologist.” This was literally screaming my name because all my life I’ve been fascinated with Ancient Egypt and Egyptian mythology and I w ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you could pick any best friend, one who is brilliant, compassionate, loyal, and indulges your idiosyncrasies even when everyone else thinks you're delusional, who would it be? Cleo found Hal, or he found her, and the rest is history, literally.

CRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND is a spectacular story of friendship! Hal, Roberto, and Cleo are misfits, according to their high school student body, but there's nothing further from the truth. When you can find two or more people who "click" spiritually th
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s Cries from the Lost Island followed Hal and his friend Robert after they find their friend Cleo murdered, and set out to grant her last request. Cleo claims to be the reincarnation of Cleopatra. They set out with archaeologist Dr James Moriarty to visit Egypt in hopes of finding the legendary graves of Cleopatra and Marc Antony.

I loved Roberto. He was pagan and cast spells at times (off page). Those outcomes came to pass, and while it could have been coincidence, it's mor
Tina Osterman
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have been reading all my life. I started this book one evening and could NOT put it down, literally. I finished in under 15 hours including breaks.
Kathleen O'Neal Gear has written a novel which reaches out, pulling you into another world through her masterful use of the written word.
I have been learning Egyptian history most of my life, yet I can only now say I understand. Along with an amazing storyline, she weaves a tale unparalleled of characters so rich you feel their feelings.
I a
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
4.5 stars

If you love ancient Egypt, the story of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, and stories of the gods/esses, this book is for you!

Our story revolves around a sixteen year old named Hal, who is in love with a girl who believes she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra. Cleo is murdered and then Hal and his friend Roberto are off to Egypt to try and solve the case.

The amount of detail with the history of Cleopatra and Marc Antony is amazing. I've always loved history, so it was right up my alley. Obvio
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen
When Cleo is killed, her friends Hal and Roberto jump at the chance to travel to Egypt with the famed archaeologist Dr. Moriarity. Cleo was convinced she was the reincarnation of Cleopatra and left Hal with a mission: to find the graves of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. But all is not as it seems, and Cleo's killers are on the hunt for the same.

As an adult reading a teen book: I really wanted to like this book more, and it did get better as it went along, but there was just some disconnect, somethi
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for most anything the Gears write and have been for as long as they've been published. This latest offering from Kathleen was a bit of a disappointment. I thought the characters were weak and the story moved too slowly until the end.

The thing about the Gears is they are always teaching and they make archeology understandable and interesting. The story moves from a small mountain town outside Denver, Colorado to the Egyptian desert all centered around Cleopatra and Antonius: the his
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been too long since I visited the stunning libraries of Kathleen O'Neal Gear and Her husband W. Michael Gear. A quick visit to their page shows that I've been gone too long! It's time to catch up on my favorite native American series , I've already ordered a book to take me back in time.

This story is YA, full of teenage angst, first love and coming of age. I found it difficult to put down and tried not to inhale the story line as I read about an unfolding story during the age of Cleopatra's
Ell Rose
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the subject matter and writing style in this book. I loved the history and the sense of adventure.
However it didn’t feel professionally edited. There were some typos, words mistaken for their homophones and not fixed, missing commas, that kind of thing. Also several instances where the author seemed to have gotten mixed up with her complex plot and confused a point or two.

That’s why you keep detailed plot graphs and hire editors, folks.

If it hadn’t been for those errors, this book woul
Lacey Hartman
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I was unsure about this to start out since I was not initially impressed with the characters. A chubby, nerdy teenager boy, the mysterious outcast girl he's in love with, and his creepy horn-dog friend. I've read (and abandoned) that kind of story before. While this never really pulled out of that one dimensional character rut, the plot was fast-paced and picked up at the final chapters. Had the characters been more fleshed out, I would have rated this higher. Not a terrible read, but not worth ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing great book

I’ve read every book in the Gear’s ancient North American series. I also love books on ancient Egypt. I saw the description of this book and knew I had to read it. It lived up to every other book she’s written. I devoured it in a day.

I don’t know how one woman can have so much knowledge of the ancient past. She teaches and captivates me through her books. I pray she continues to write for many long years to come.
Historically Interesting, Dry Story

The archaeological background of the author really shows with page after page of historical facts and tidbits. Unfortunately,The main character of the book, Hal, lacks personality. The author breathes life into Anthony and Cleopatra's story, but is unable to fully develop the protagonist. If you are extremely interested in archaeology and Egyptology, you might like this book.Anyone else may struggle.Not recommended.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a YA read, this has a potential to be a great read for reluctant boy readers. Their resilient and trusting friendship will draw them into the story, and Roberto runs around with a gun being his best friend’s protector. The intrigued, the deceptions, and the ghostly spirits walking keep the pages turning.
Ruth Klassert
I enjoyed it for a YA read on a theme I’d somehow only read from a weird, religious stand point from the Xtian school library I was unfortunate enough to have to attend. It’s made me want more like it but adult Egyptian archaeology paranormal mystery over YA though this was nice over all. 3.5/5 stars rounded up to 4/5 stars.
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyable. Sometimes the speech of the characters can be disjointed, almost stilted, but maybe it was meant to be that way? Overall, a great book to escape life and read. I loved the history, and how informative it was, while still being a fictional story.
Jul 07, 2020 added it
I am marking this as finished. I have too many books already checked out to finish a book that I struggled to complete one chapter. There is nothing wrong with the writing- it is just not my normal genre and I was not getting interested.
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