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text 2017-08-30 15:22
DNF: Cleopatra's Shadow
Cleopatra's Shadows - Emily Holleman

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Comes under the category of sounded like a good idea at the time, but I can already tell after just a few chapters this is not one for me. Ancient Egypt is one of those historical periods that absolutely fascinates me, which is why I requested this novel. But I simply don't see myself sticking with it. Not rating because I've not read enough to really judge. 

 

Thank you Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK. 

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review 2017-08-21 18:56
Wrath of the Ancients - Catherine Cavendish
Wrath of the Ancients - Catherine Cavendish

Adeline Ogilvy, a young widow from Wimbledon, has accepted a job in Vienna. Her assignment is to employ her skills as a typist and transcribe the memoirs of the late Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, an archeologist with a most peculiar hidden history. When she begins her recording the doctor's notes, she learns that, five years earlier, he claims to discover the tomb of Cleopatra. Even more astonishing, it seems that he has brought more than secrets back from Egypt. Strange occurrences begin to happen at the mansion. Is what Adeline seeing before her eyes real or a hallucination?

 

 

This is my first read of Cavendish and I love the slow burn in this Gothic chiller. I also like how blends an archelogical curiosity and characters with her own original take on what happened all those thousands of years ago. As the story unfurls, I can't help be reminded of the quiet horror writing style of Charles L. Grant. The characters are interesting and I'm drawn to keep turning the pages to see where they go in the story. If I have any criticism it's that there are parts where the pacing seems off. In one instance, things are doing a nice slow burn and then it closes in way too much of a flurry. But, it's a small blemish in an overall fun story. If you haven't had the pleasure to stumble upon Cavendish, Wrath of the Ancients is a great one to introduce yourself.

 

 

 

4 1/2 Green Glowing Apparations out of 5

 


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review 2017-07-31 04:14
Cleopatra in Space
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice - Mike Maihack

 

I loved this book. Cleopatra is transported from Egypt to the future and to the planet Mayet. There she is recognized as the savior, there to defeat the evil dictator whose is conquering civilizations. But even in the future, Cleo has to go to school and deal with friendship issues.

 

The artwork is beautiful, and the cinematic flair brings the action to life. Cleo is a strong, fearless heroine that girls can look up to. 

 

If you are interested in Egypt at all, this is the book for you. it is fun, exciting and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

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review 2016-09-05 21:09
Cleopatra in Space #3
Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3) - Mike Maihack


It starts a bit oddly like dropping you in the middle of the story. Turns out it's a dream. It's hard to have been away from reviewing books for a year.Ive forgotten series I knew so well. This one I couldn't remember where I had left off. I of course love the talking cat still. I love that Cleopatra is a strong young female character. I love how she sneaks in a rug to the city- a reference to how she sneaks in to Mark Anthony's room. Or was it Caesar? I love the artwork, it's very consistent. I love all the aliens artwork. The art and overall concept gets 5 stars.

The story I'm not so sure about it. I find it confusing but it could be because it's been so long since I've read it. I could have used a refresher. The story does have a dark side which I wasn't expecting. And this issue definitely furthered things along. However it was still confusing so I give the story 3 stars. I'll give the issue 4 stars. When the next issue comes out I'll have to go back and reread them all.

 

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review 2016-05-07 18:18
Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3) - Mike Maihack

The third book in this series is here! And boy, it sure was action-packed and it had a lot of moments for me to go squee or to scream NOOOOOOO!

We get right in on the action, stepping in from the last time. I love it when books do this and not waste a moment to rehash stuff. Sure, I had to get into the story again, refigure out the characters, but that was a quick switch.

Then we have exciting moments as our crew lands on a new planet and try to find the tablets they need. That Cleopatra needs, since she still wants to go back home, but she is also conflicted. She made friends here, and she can't just leave them. Not when they still need her.
Back to tablet-hunting, it was great fun (and also exciting) to see them hunt for the tablets, and meet an old "friend". Sorry, I wouldn't really call him a friend after all the poo he did.

We switch back to our other party and see what they are up to. Frankly, I had a suspicion that character was doing that and this. Seeing it confirmed made me sad, but also squee that I was right.

The last parts were really awesome, with a lot of things happening that will make you feel sad, that will make you feel angry. Yes, enter the feels.
I now know that Mike Maihack sure isn't afraid of doing that kind of thing. Not many authors can do that, but Mike Maihack apparently can.

We also get some backstory on one of the characters, I love that it was added.

I felt sad for what truths were hidden from Cleopatra. Yes, I can imagine why they decided to keep quiet, but I wish they would just have been honest. As you can see, she will find out eventually. Either by her own, or through others.

I loved all the characters... OK, OK. With the exception of that cat. He is so arrogant, so annoying, so frustrating. My favourite character is Akila. She is just so awesome, she is so nice, she tries her best.

The art is still amazing, and I just love the colours used! The art will sure drag you into the story and you can just imagine yourself in the places our characters go to.

All in all, I can't wait for the 4th book.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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