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Monday, December 9, 2013


By Bianca Turetsky
Series: The Time-Traveling Fashionista #3 
Published by Poppy

Released on: December 3, 2013 
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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.

If you love time traveling, fashion, and an all around good read, Bianca Turetsky's The Time Traveling Fashionista series is a series for you. Written for both MG and YA readers, this is a series I've enjoyed reviewing. I'm thrilled that today I'm able to share a snippet from Bianca's third book and newest release from the series: The Time-Traveling Fashionista & Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.

...Louise couldn’t help but ogle Cleopatra’s outfit. She wore fabulous green-jeweled leather gladiator sandals, a much fancier version of the plain brown pair Louise was wearing, adorned with what must have been real sparkling emeralds! Even Christian Louboutin would have been jealous of those bedazzled shoes.

Louise could see by the entranced look on her face that Cleopatra was obsessed with Homer, and she wondered if he was like the J. K. Rowling of ancient times. Unlike what she had observed of Marie Antoinette, who struggled with reading and writing and did not seem to take much interest at all in her studies, Louise could already tell that Cleopatra was incredibly smart and seriously into her schoolwork.

Pothinus paused and pointed at his only pupil, signaling that it was now Cleopatra’s turn to recite part of the epic poem, which she did by heart. Her reading voice was beautiful, almost musical, and Louise found herself standing transfixed, mesmerized by the young queen’s oratory skills. The handmaiden next to Louise shot her a searing look and nudged her to stop staring and keep fanning.

For the next part of her lesson, Cleopatra began practicing her hieroglyphics with a sharpened quill pen and black ink on a sheet of blank papyrus. It seemed much rougher and more fibrous than the loose-leaf paper Louise was used to taking her class notes or, more likely, doodling on. How long did these lessons last? Louise wondered, instinctively looking up on the wall for a clock that obviously wouldn’t be there. They probably told time on sundials or some other ancient system. The school day was starting to feel as endlessly dull as it was at Fairview, and Cleopatra didn’t even have other students or friends to distract her. Of course, Cleopatra seemed to be able to focus for a lot longer than the hyper kids in her classes. Louise had to admit she was excited to see that the legendary Queen of the Nile was actually kind of…a geek. pg. 72-73

About The Author

Bianca Turetsky is the author of the stylish Time-Traveling Fashionista series, which has been translated into nine languages. After graduating from Tufts University, Bianca began working for artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel. She managed his studio for the past 11 years and was his assistant on the Academy Award-nominated film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She lives in a cozy studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, that houses her very extensive and much-loved vintage collection. The third book in the series, The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile will be released December 3, 2013.