Giveaway and Review: "Song of the Nile"

"Song of the Nile"
 by Stephanie Dray

Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: Oct 4, 2011 
Source: sent by publicist

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from

Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome, Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she would become his very own Cleopatra. Now the young queen faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign land.
The magic of Isis flowing through her veins is what makes her indispensable to the emperor. Against a backdrop of imperial politics and religious persecution, Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her way to the very precipice of power. She has never forgotten her birthright, but will the price of her mother's throne be more than she's willing to pay?

My Review:

I love reading about Cleopatra, so I already knew a little about her daughter, Cleopatra Selene. Maybe I had too many preconceived notions to really enjoy this version of the story, plus a lot of the elements really took me out of my comfort zone. I think I would have liked the story more if it had been a YA book or historical romance. The Historical Fiction genre is often too gritty and dark for me, which was true of this book. I just didn't like reading detailed rape scenes or the main character having sex with her twin brother. If you are ok with reading these types of things, this may be the book for you.

I'm not sure about the magic in the book. While I understand that the magic and goddesses theme ties in with the beliefs of that time period, it's hard to read a book based on real people and really believe that they had magical powers.

There was a lot of action and lot of drama here so the book was very fast paced. It's almost like an R-rated soap opera set in ancient times. This book has been getting many amazing reviews, so I encourage you to try it if you think you will be okay with the difficult themes.

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5

Setting: 5/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: A fast-paced read, however a lot of the themes were too graphic for my tastes.


Stephanie's publicist has generously offered a copy of "Song of the Nile" to one lucky reader of my blog!

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  1. I'm following in every way possible! I'd love to read this book! Sounds interesting : )

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  2. I really enjoyed the first novel in the series, Lily of the Nile. It sounds like this one might be a bit more intense on the magic and brings to light the family incest which kept the Ptolemies the ruling family for so long. I am intrigued to see how my thoughts compare; I'll be starting it in a couple days. Thanks for the honest review!

    p.s. no need to enter me in the giveaway :)

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  4. I love dark and gritty! But I can certainly see how it may not be to everyone's tastes. Incest is not a pleasant topic but it certainly was a fact of life for that time period. I'd love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  5. I loved this book! But I can see why it would make you uncomfortable. I was so torn with the scenes about her brother because on one hand I thought he was hot (hey, he's not MY brother!) but on the other hand, erm, he's her brother and that's just...not my thing. I kept having to remind myself that it was different then.

  6. Eek. I love Egyptian stories, but I never read rape or incest--they are absolutely on my off-limits list. Thanks for the heads up!

  7. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
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  8. Thanks for the honest review!!! I don't think its something I would ever read, but thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!!! Happy Reading!

  9. It sounds like it would be out of my comfort zone too, and i'm not really into historical fiction :)
    I do think it could be interesting though. :D

  10. I have been wanting to read this book for a while. I love books based on actual historical characters. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.
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  11. I enjoyed book 1 and I do wonder what happens next. Well I know, but I do not know

  12. No need to enter me - I'm not sure how I feel about this book/trilogy. I really enjoyed Michelle Moran's Cleopatra's Daughter (which if you haven't read I would recommend. A great and much gentler story of Selene). I was on the fence about the first book, mostly because of the magic stuff. Thanks for the review.

  13. Incest? Negatory. Not for me. haha I heard so many great things about FORBIDDEN, by Tabitha Suzuma, but I just couldn't read it. Incest, like polygamy, freaks. me. out. And I'm not ready to read a book about it. lol

  14. This book is on my must-read list. Thanks for the chance to win. I signed up for Stephanie's newsletter.


  15. I liked to first one so I'm looking forward to when I get a chance to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. thank you for this giveaway!! Song of the Nile is on my WishList!!!!
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  21. I followed the twitter account! Thanks for the giveaway this looks like a great book!


  22. Thanks for the great giveaway! This book is on my wishlist so I'm so excited to have the opportunity to win it.

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  23. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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