Finished The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by Bianca Turetsky. I received a copy for review on Netgalley.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Walk, talk, and dress like an Egyptian.
When Louise Lambert tries on a lavender Grecian gown during a visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, she feels a familiar tug and falls back in time, arriving at the dusty base of an enormous pyramid. She has landed in ancient Egypt…or has she?
It turns out that Louise is on the legendary Old Hollywood film set of Cleopatra, but her time there is short-lived. Rummaging through the wardrobe tent, Louise gets her hands on a pearl necklace that dates back to 51 BC, and she suddenly finds herself whisked away once more, this time to the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. Gold and jewels shimmer in the Egyptian sunlight, but poisonous snakes and dangerous enemies also roam the palace halls. Louise quickly learns that life as a handmaiden to Queen Cleopatra is much more treacherous–and fashionable–than she ever could have imagined.”
First, I have an excerpt:
“The few days leading up to the next Fashionista Vintage Sale that weekend were torture. It was as though time were stretching out like a grilled cheese sandwich. Days felt like weeks, and the week felt like an eternity. The only highlights were that she was getting to watch a classic Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton movie in history class and that she had run into Peter a few times in the hallway again. He already seemed to be getting the hang of everything, making new friends with eighth graders whom Louise didn’t know. In her seventh-grade insecurity, Louise found herself keeping her distance even though he would smile and wave to her no matter whom he was with. She was really excited about the Pattersons’ party next week and getting to spend time with him again outside school, hopefully in a newly acquired vintage dress from the next sale. Maybe she could learn more about the French side of his family. She just needed to make it through the school week.
Finally, the weekend, and the day of the much-obsessed-over Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, arrived. Once again, her uncharacteristically absent mother was already out of the house and running errands, so at least, Louise rationalized, she wouldn’t have to explain where she was going or worry that her mother would stop her and drag her to the Stamford Mall instead.
She left a note on the pad on the kitchen counter so her parents wouldn’t worry.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Going to find a vintage dress for the Pattersons’ dinner. Be back soon!
Your only (and favorite) daughter,
Louise Ann Lambert
Grabbing a green apple from the wooden fruit bowl, she texted Brooke the address and took off with her backpack in search of her next exciting experience. On the walk over, Louise double-checked that she was still wearing her mother’s necklace and couldn’t help but imagine all the possible adventures that could be in store for her. What if she found a pair of bell-bottoms that took her back to Woodstock? Or a Mary Quant dress that would take her to London in the sixties! Or a Versace corset that would take her to a glamorous party in Italy. The possibilities were endless.”
And now my review:
I love this series! Louise is happy to discover that she is somewhere fun and safe for a change (as opposed to on board the Titanic or hanging out with Marie Antoinette). She’s actually on the set of Cleopatra, which is awesome because she loves old movies and their costumes. But then, of course, she ends up with the real Cleopatra. And that is the exact opposite of fun and safe.
But she’s there anyway, and now she has to figure out how to get back to her reality, preferably without getting poisoned or bitten by a snake or any of the other horrible things that befall people in Cleopatra’s people.
I can’t wait to see where she goes next (does she befriend Anne Boleyn? Or she’s overdue for some pure fun—can she go to Woodstock?) and what people she meets.