Review: Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by Bianca Turetsky

The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

May Contain Spoilers


I enjoyed Louise’s first adventures as a Time-Traveling Fashionista, so when I was offered the opportunity to revisit  her, I jumped at the chance.  This is the third book in the series, and this time, Louise is going to Ancient Egypt!  How could I possibly resist?


Louise’s personal life has gotten more complicated.  Her father has been laid off, and her mother is avoiding her.  Louise suspects that, like her, she’s a traveling fashionista.  Every time so tries to broach the subject with her, her mother develops a migraine or abruptly changes the subject.  Her bff’s cousin, Peter, reminds her of Pierre, her gardener crush from her travels to France, and Todd is sending her mixed signals.  Worse, yet, Brooke never has time for her  because of her new boyfriend, Kip.  Why is it so hard for a vintage fashion loving, junior high student to keep it all together?

When Louise goes shopping at Marla and Glenda’s magic vintage shop, she ends up traveling back in time again – to the set of Elizabeth Taylor’s massively over budget and far behind deadline film Cleopatra.  Louise is in awe.  She is the assistant to the costume designer, and Elizabeth Taylor is going to be transformed into the Egyptian queen right in front of her!  But then Louise does something really, really stupid, and she ends up in Ancient Egypt – for real!!

Louise isn’t happy to be in this dangerous time period.  Number one, she’s one of Cleopatra’s handmaidens, and she’s not used to performing so many arduous tasks.  Number two – it seems like everyone is out to get the queen!  The palace politics are scaring the heck out of her, there’s a civil uprising brewing, and people are dropping dead like flies.  Louise’s heart can’t take it!  She just wants to go back home, where it’s safe.  Why, why, why did she open that trunk that clearly said DON’T TOUCH and take that necklace?!

The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile is a very fast, very fun read.  Louise learns first hand that there are consequences to her actions, and they aren’t always pleasant.  She also gets a taste of how good she has it back in her own time.  Being Charmain is no fun!  She is exposed to one danger after another, and worse, she has to sleep on a tiger pelt, on the floor of Cleopatra’s bed chamber.  Her job? To make sure no one sneaks in during the night to kill them both!  Her nerves are pretty much frayed during her time with the queen, but she also learns the importance of self-assurance.  Cleopatra isn’t the most beautiful girl in the realm, but her commanding presence makes her seem like she is.  She is intelligent and dedicated to her people.  She demands that people pay attention to her.  Louise realizes then that she doesn’t have to be the prettiest girl around to earn the respect of those around her.  It’s hard being twelve, when she has such  unique taste in clothes, while all of her peers are struggling to look the same and fit in.  While Louise loves her vintage look, she doesn’t have the confidence to go all out at school.  Her time in Ancient Egypt shows her that there are more important things than looks.

The Time-Traveling Fashionista series is a fun blend of fashion and history.  Louise, with all of her insecurities, is very relatable, even for adults.  Her adventures are told in rapid, breezy prose, and while events threatened to explode out of control in this volume, nothing got too harrowing for Louise to handle, and she even managed to develop a better sense of self and a closer relationship with her mother.  Great pick for chilly afternoon inside.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

From Amazon:

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.