Oct 172011

Title: Cleopatra’s Moon
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher

From Goodreads: 
Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony—the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she’s ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus’s household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies—until she reaches out to claim her own.

This stunning novel brings to life the personalities & passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, & offers a wonderful new heroine in Selene.

I discovered Cleopatra’s Moon at Scholastic’s This is Teen party at BEA and I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Because seriously, this book has TARA written all over it.

YA + Egypt + love triangle = BEST. BOOK. EVER.

I am a huge fan of historical fiction and anything to do with Egypt and this story was the best of all aspects. Egyptian history and culture is not a very popular topic in YA literature so kudos to the author for shedding more light on this fascinating world.

Cleopatra’s Moon follows the life of Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. What shocked me the most about the book and the culture in general is how young these children were when so much responsibility was given to them. Can you imagine being in your teens and ruling an entire country?! You could feel the pain and heartache seeping through the pages but the unfailing determination of Cleopatra Selene shined through. The author did a fantastic job of describing the culture and how life was during those times. It’s so interesting to read about an ancient culture that had so many different beliefs – particularly when it came to religion, the gods, and the afterlife.

I was so pumped to read this book and it far exceeded my expectations. If you are curious/interested/freakishly obsessed with Egyptian culture, I can’t recommend this book enough!

  9 Responses to “Review: Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter”

  1. Want to borrow!

  2. We just got this in at the school library where I work so I’ll definitely have to grab it. Thanks for convincing me :)

  3. I’m pretty much obsessed with Egyptian culture, so I’ll definitely look out for this one :D

    Great review, Tara!

  4. I’m SO glad you enjoyed it, Tara. I’m happy to answer any questions about Egypt or the research that you may have! Thanks again!

  5. I need to read this book NOW (so I say for every other book LOL). Great review! I’ve always been interested in Egyptian culture, although I admit to not knowing nearly as much about it as Greek mythology. Anyways, thanks so much! Can’t wait to pick up this book :)

  6. There have been a few books on Selene recently. Cleopatra’s Daughter and Lily of the Nile are two others. She did have an amazing life. Add me to the list of those obsessed with Egyptian history and culture. This book is definitely going onto my wishlist.

  7. One scholastic lady at BEA gave me a copy of this because I was spazzing out over a Judy Blundell book.


  8. [...] I can’t recommend Vicky Alvear Shecter’s books enough. Both Curses and Smoke and Cleopatra’s Moon are some of my favorite in YA. See the giveaway below to win a copy of Curses and Smoke and see [...]

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