Ordinary tween life turns upside down when Ancient Egypt intrudes on modern middle school life. Twelve year old Sara Guadalupe Bogus reads about adventures, but unexpectedly is drawn into one when a mystical emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra becomes stuck on her finger.
A series of burglaries spook Sara’s small Ohio hometown. Concluding that the root of all the crimes is the emerald ring, Sara realizes it’s up to her and her friends, Heidi and African exchange student Kainu, to save the town and protect Cleopatra’s legacy. Filled with magic, the ring thrusts Sara into a world filled with nightmares, allows her to shape shift into an Egyptian cat and battle assassins.
So it’s a well-known fact that I love middle grade and mythology. Reincarnated gods in the modern world is one of the best ideas ever, in my opinion. I love pretty much all of it. I have to admit though, Egyptology has never been my thing. I like the Greek gods and the Celts. I identify with the Egyptian reverence for the black cat, but otherwise my mythological interest lean more Western. I don’t know if this is why I’ve had a hard time enjoying either Cleopatra book I’ve read this year or what. My main issue with this one is it’s written very immaturely. It’s less middle-grade, more children’s, in my opinion (and yes, there is a difference). So I stopped reading this one at 10%. It wasn’t for me, and reading it was starting to feel like getting teeth pulled. Unfortunately, this one gets added to my DNF pile.