Courtney Cole is an author who would rather write than eat chocolate. She reads stacks of books each year and she writes Paranormal YA.
She lives near Chicago with her real-life Prince Charming, their mischevious kids (who might get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Before I talk about the actual story, can we take a moment for the cover? I love it. It's majestic and mysteriousm and oh so captivating. It reflects the story quite well.
Now the story. I loved the intimate look at Cleopatra as a woman on love with her husband Marc Antony, and not just as a ruthless leader of Egypt. As a general rule, I love Egypt stories, and this did not disappoint. It was such an informal look into the world at that time.
I found Macy/Chamain to be an interesting character. Her third person references to her life as Macy was an unusual technique. It helped to keep details separate and yet still engaging. This unique habit was actually remarked upon by one of the other characters, which I found quite amusing.
This is a clean read, but there are lots of sexual references. I found Charmain's habit of constantly mentioning how sext Hasani is to be quite tiresome. Did she really need to mention that he was irrestible every time she saw or thought of him?
Overall, this is a complete story that will appeal to readers based on many different elements: Egypt based, paranormal and YA all in one.
(review of free book)