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The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
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Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets: 08/03/17

Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets  by Mike Maihack

Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack is the third of the Cleopatra in Space series. Cleopatra and her friends are searching for a means for her to get back to her time.

Cleopatra's journey takes her to far away, dangerous places. She also gets to learn more about Zaid's history — including seeing the orphanage where he grew up.

Massive urban setting seen from above with a word bubble with the text: Ah suppose anything’s possible.

This volume has the most world building and fills in more about the things that have transpired between Cleopatra leaving her own time and arriving here. The decline of civilization and the rise of the evil empire bears resemblance to Samurai Jack and one can surmise that when Cleopatra goes home, much of this future world she's lived in will unwind and reweave into something unrecognizable to her.

There's also a plot twist that I would have caught had I binge-read these books — but it's been years between volumes for me. Readers familiar with Meet the Robinsons will know what I'm talking about in terms of the twist. It will be interesting to see how that revelation plays out.

The fourth book in the series, The Golden Lion came out in June. I am currently reading it.

Four stars

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