Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra's Moon
Age Range
12+
Release Date
August 01, 2011
ISBN
978-0545221306
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"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter.

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.

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An Egyptian Treasure
(Updated: November 20, 2011)
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The best historical fiction makes the reader continually ask, “How much of this is real?” Vicky Alvear Shechter’s CLEOPATRA’S MOON does just that, making me wonder about the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter, Cleopatra Selene, and hoping that it was as fascinating as depicted in the novel.

Detailing the life of Selene from the age of ten to sixteen, the novel begins with the young protagonist worshipping her playful father, Mark Antony, and her powerful mother, Cleopatra. Teen readers will undoubtedly be familiar with their famous doomed romance, so will be gratified by this fictionalized insider’s view on their life and downfall. It is once her parents have died that the story becomes Selene’s and takes off. After being moved into the home of her enemy in Rome, Selene must try to keep her brothers alive and maneuver to reclaim the throne of Egypt. Politics aside, there is an engrossing love triangle and suspense that moves the novel along.

I am predisposed to like this book: I’ve loved other books written about the Ptolemys, have visited Egypt’s pyramids and museums, and spent many of my childhood history classes ignoring the teacher and copying my name in hieroglyphics from a poster. Shecter beautifully integrates historical facts into the novel, so the reader walks away with a detailed understanding of the food, customs, and culture of this era. As an adult reader, I found this to be a strength of the novel, although the target audience may feel the story drags when yet another religious ceremony is being described. While I respect the desire to include as many events in Selene’s life as possible, the novel would have broader appeal if it had been edited another 100 pages.

In the final third of the novel, Shechter ramps up the suspense, to the point that I was reading pages of the novel at red lights while driving. I will happily be recommending this to teens and other Egyptophiles, encouraging them not to give up before they reach the exciting conclusion.

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An engrossing love story and fascinating history makes this a must read.
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** spoiler alert ** I liked the different twists in this story. In the end Octavia turns out to be the bad guy, it surprised me. Most books about Cleopatra make Livia the bad guy. It made sense tho. Octavia's husband left her for Cleopatra and why would Selene later name her daughter after Livia if she was so bad. This book was really good for someone who enjoys the life of Cleopatra and her children.
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Cleoparta moon
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If you love reading about Egypt when they have Queen and Kings
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This book is awesome as it tells the story of Cleopatra moon the daughter of former Queen Cleopatra VIII . Has to live and survive in Rome under the house of empire Octavius.Along with her twin brother and her little brother. Can she survive or not.
This book is awesome I love it I glad that I read before I bought it,for now I want to buy it.
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Cleopatra's Moon
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I recommend this book to anyone boys and girls becasue the story is really good but too short. I liked reading it but I wanted more, which I am told is a good thing.
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I met the author in Savannah two weeks ago and she was really nice. The book has lots of details and is very captivating. I am not sure if Selene is real or not but it doesn't matter because I think she is in this book.
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