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.
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 mom, she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra, but Rhea has never felt destined for anything particularly special. On the day of her sixteenth birthday, Rhea starts seeing unusual visions of herself being Cleopatra. At first, she ignores the visions but when strangers show up and attempt to kidnap her, she knows she’s in huge trouble. Can she escape the doomed fate of the former Egyptian Queen?
Although Rhea appears to be a friendly person in front of her classmates, her inner dialogue is not exactly… friendly. Often complaining about something, she seems unhappy by the fact that she has no special power of her own. When she starts seeing visions, it takes her quite a while before she sees that she has to take matters into her own hands to save herself as well as those whom she cares. While Rhea may not come across as a likeable character, her personality is not unpleasant. The thing I like about her is that when she is determined to do something, even if she doesn’t feel wholeheartedly enthusiastic about the task, she’d commit to doing it until she reaches the finish line.
From the synopsis, I sort of assumed Declan would be the love interest of Rhea but I was wrong. Rhea is in love with someone else the whole time and Declan is not interested in having anything to do with her except that it’s his duty to protect her from the bad guys. I was also astonished by the identity of the reincarnation of Mark Antony when it’s revealed. It totally caught me off guard but I liked the twist as well as the element of surprise.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Cleopatra Ascending. The ending does make me wonder if there may be a sequel to the series but I like that there is no brutal cliffhanger.